@Lord of Misrule PS, well-cited critical essays like this one (mixed in with the offbeat humor/life observations ones, obv.) are one of my favorite parts of the Hairpin.
@Cornflake Grrrl This is a fantastic paragraph, and it puts me in the difficult position of agreeing both with it, and with the well-written (and in many ways persuasive and well-written) essay it's written against.
As a grad student in religious studies, I really appreciate this series! The questions are thoughtful, intelligent, accepting, and well-written. It's really unlike discussions of religion I'm used to seeing outside academia - it doesn't rely on platitudes, and Jia doesn't let her own preconceptions get in the way of her subject's answers. She actually lets people talk! It's wonderful. Thanks so much, Jia!
On “This book is a warning of how bad things can get for a single man looking for beautiful, feminine, sexy women"
@Bebe So I'm in China studying abroad, and one girl in my program was successfully negged into cooking for her manchild friends. These are all undergrad-and-older men who are apparently unable either to cook on their own, or walk the necessary 200 steps to one of the ubiquitous street vendors that sell filling food for dirt cheap. (As a lazy person, this is the route I choose.) They initially attempted to pay her to cook their meals for them, and when that failed, they razzed her about not being able to cook at all. I think they got 2 free meals out of her, in the end. And yes, she fits the "insecure" stereotype. She's a really nice girl - hopefully she'll wise up someday.
Yes, Baba, have a good break! Good luck procuring thrice-baked cats' eyes, or whatever it is witches do on their breaks.
On Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions
This was an amazing interview. Thanks, Jia, and thank you, Dr. Robinson, for what you do.