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On Nickelodeon's Diversity "Problem" Is That It Likes Diversity

@HeyThatsMyBike I just became aware of Doc McStuffins like 2 months ago while hanging out with a 6 year old and damn am I glad that Doc McStuffins is out there in this world because, yes, representation matters.

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm 0

On Stories Like Passwords

@nonvolleyball Agreed. My jaw quietly dropped when I read that.

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm 2

On Stories Like Passwords

Thank you so much for writing this - it resonates for all the right (wrong) reasons.

We consistently fail young women—all women—by tacitly relying on them to learn from each other, or from their experiences, which of the people in their communities they can and cannot trust.

I think about this a lot in terms of local subcultures - how word gets passed around, particularly in punk or activist communities, about who to avoid. & then, of course, the professional networks - in my field, stories are certainly told about particular academics or people in administrative/financial positions of power. Young employees, usually women, are the keepers of this information. Carefully disseminating it on a "need to know" basis. These people rarely lose their power, instead we're taught how best to tiptoe around them.

(And kudos to the Hairpin team for excellent content lately. It was a pleasure to dust off my password to make my first comment in some time!)

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm 3

On Angel Olsen, "White Fire"

I've been obsessed with Angel Olsen since Strange Cacti came out & her new album is so amazing and so good and I've basically been listening to nothing else for the last couple of weeks (thanks to a pre-order download). It's up on NPR's first listen right now if anyone doesn't want to wait until the official release.

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:52 am 0

On The Year in Beautiful Book Covers

@lookuplookup I did like Night Film - I binge read it in a 24 hour period that also included watching Cabin in the Woods and Room 237, so I think I was also kind of primed to read a literary horror/suspense novel. I do think that this book had a lot of the same flaws that people complained about in Pessl's first novel, so if you read and disliked Special Topics in Calamity Physics, then this probably isn't a book that will change your mind about Pessl's writing.

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm 0

On The Year in Beautiful Book Covers

I loved the covers for A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (all books I treated myself to hardcover copies of this year). I also loved the illustration on the cover of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl (which was a perfect and charming and sweet/sad YA novel) and the typography on the cover of The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (though the book itself left me cold).

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:58 am 0

On December 13th Now and Forever to Be Known as Beyday, a Celebration of Excellence, Surprises and Grown-Ass Women

@twirl2 You can stream it here (for now - idk how long this will last?): http://www.heavy.com/entertainment/2013/12/beyonce-visual-album-stream-mp3-listen-tracks/

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:41 am 0

On December 13th Now and Forever to Be Known as Beyday, a Celebration of Excellence, Surprises and Grown-Ass Women

A Beyonce x Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie is all I wanted out of 2013. Live your best live & read Americanah & listen to Beyonce.

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:40 am 1

On Realistic ModCloth Descriptions

@distrighema This comment could not have been timed any better as I was JUST BEMOANING the weird cutout in this dress: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DRESSES/waistdefineddresses/PRDOVR~08738/08738.jsp

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm 1

On Joanna Gruesome, "Tugboat" (Galaxie 500 cover)

I love JG's album, but have yet to come around to their name (this will most likely never happen.)

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:54 am 0