I love Jennifer Weiner. I first discovered her when I was just a budding little high school feminist and DEVOURED In Her Shoes. It had body diversity! And more than one kind of female character! Women struggling with their relationships with one another and questioning what it means to be family. I loved it. That book may be seen as "chick lit" but, for me, it was important.
Now I'm a PhD candidate who studies gender issues and social development. I read "important" books (Science even!), but I also still love being told stories about interesting, witty female characters whose lives feel familiar and real. And I can't wait to buy this new book to read after long days of dissertation writing.
Anyway, tl;dr: I heart her. For feminist role model reasons AND for fabulous storyteller reasons.
Hi all! Meeting grown-up friends is hard, and I've actually had a lot of success meeting friends through online communities just like this one. When I moved to Atlanta I met most of my friends through Jezebel and Hairpin meet ups.
I now live in North Carolina (Raleigh!), and I'm working on putting together a Triangle meet up. So, if you live in the traingle area, I think you should go check out our thread on the Google group and come hang out with us!
@BUtterfieldGR8 AGREED! Go check the Google Groups! I know that this post has inspired several people to post new threads in the group lists.
@iceberg Camp Hairpin sounds awesome. Except I'd want it to take place at, like, a fancy lake house with a jacuzzi and a fire pit.
@sunflowers ME! I DO!! Hooray for Triangle Pinners! I actually put out a call for Triangle Pinners in the Google Group, but I've yet to hear from anyone. But I'd love to make this a thing.
@I'm Not Rufus No. Thank you. I did the same thing. Just because the means of what people rate on a Likert scale are statistically significant doesn't necessarily mean that there are actually, pragmatic differences in the ways that these people act.
Also, let's not forget the specifics of this sample - 88 undergraduate mixed-sex friendship dyads. College kids at a state school in the Midwest. College is a very sexually charged atmosphere. I suspect that these differences would be significantly smaller if you replicated the study with a community sample of actual adults and not "emerging adults."
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Thank you for writing exactly the piece that I needed to read, when even I didn't know how badly I needed to read it.
@Becca FYI: Chick-Fil-A is based in Atlanta, and therefore they own the South. Seriously. The first time that I went to the Midwest, and someone informed me that they didn't have Chick-Fil-A I almost died. WHERE DO YOU PEOPLE GET YOUR CHICKEN NUGGETS?!
As a former law firm office manager, just reading this made me nervous for young you!
As someone who writes a nail polish blog, I can tell you that this technique is actually pretty awesome and was really trendy for a while. Half-moon manicures (that's what it's called when you leave a bare semi-circle at the bottom) can be really fun! Especially when you mix finishes and do the half moon with a glitter polish while the rest of the nail is done in a creme. Love that.
So, I say all that to say this, don't let the scary acrylic talons of death put you off to the entire concept.