On Are You a Grown Woman? An Informal Survey

@harebell I like your definition of adulthood!

Although, I also get annoyed at people who act like their unwillingness to do mundane chores and tasks is an adorable quirk instead of just...an unwillingness to do mundane tasks. Not cleaning your apartment EVER doesn't make you an adorable woman child MPDG, for example, it just makes you messy. Which is fine! Own your messiness, if you want, but the "lol I ate a cupcake for breakfast this morning/have never cleaned my bathtub because I fail at adulthood" gets tiresome.

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm 1

On What My Grandfather Taught Me About Being Born on Halloween

The real question is, were you born with the caul?

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm 1

On If Wes Anderson Did Horror: Watch the Trailer for "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders"

Is this the place to admit my hatred of Wes Anderson?

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

On When Friends Have Babies

@aphrabean This makes a lot of sense to me. As someone without kids, that sort of exalted "your self will be transformed NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME" talk makes me not want to have them. But then I talk to people who do have kids, and their experiences seem much more relatable.

Also, speaking of exalting aspects of regular life, I'm not sure what to make of the attitude that being responsible for a pet is an act of heroic, dangerous selflessness.

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm 5

On Dear Office Hottie

@zamboni I wish I didn't relate to that as much as I do.

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm 0

On Susan Faludi on Facebook Feminism & the Danger of "Individual Women Empowering Themselves by Deserting Other Women"

@themegnapkin Yeah, the book is pretty self-help-y, but I also think that Sandberg is clearly trying to position (or brand) herself and Lean In as a social movement, with the talks, and the Lean In circles, and so on. Given that context, I think it's totally fair to criticize her for failing to discuss policy, and, as Faludi points out, forming alliances with corporations like Walmart who having storied histories of sex discrimination.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm 3

On Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose My life has been so much better since I learned that calories from butter just dissolve into dreams and fairy dust when you eat them. Now I eat 40 oz. of butter a day, 80 oz. on the weekends!

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm 4

On Susan Faludi on Facebook Feminism & the Danger of "Individual Women Empowering Themselves by Deserting Other Women"

@Story #2 Yeah, I've been disappointed to see some feminists say that the criticisms of Sheryl Sandberg are anti-woman "trashing". Pointing out the class and race implications of feminism by and for the one percent is not trashing, thankyouverymuch.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm 1

On Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by Not Letting Random Guys Get Credit for Your Work

Everyone should also read this article about the "masculinization" of programming in the mid-20th century. A lot of early programmers were women, because programming was viewed as a form of clerical work. Once men decided it was actually difficult and creative, they shut women out.

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm 3

On "How feminism became capitalism's handmaiden—and how to reclaim it"


This is such a clear and thoughtful articulation of all the reasons I feel less and less solidarity with mainstream (white) egalitarian feminism.

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm 2