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By hotdog on A Plan for Dealing With This

@TheGenYgirl It used to be a place for good debate! Then they let the comment sections drive the content, and then the best editors/writers left, and then...well, thus is the way with any website I've ever read. Actually, minus 'The Awl', probably because their comments section is always dry as a desert, which I like.

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 11:02 am 1

By Ellie on A Plan for Dealing With This

@TheGenYgirl Yeah, no kidding. This article is completely devoid of content. I also find it incredibly tacky that one of the editors of this site posted a bitchy gif in response to a criticism.

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm 1

By TheGenYgirl on A Plan for Dealing With This

@kashmeer
It's not even the topic that's the problem. The writing is not good. I can handle reading about a shitty person (I read and quite enjoyed American Psycho, although I was in high school at the time...) This was lazy, self-indulgent, thesis-less, and structureless.

I just don't know where the standards are for internet publications. I don't do much writing, but when I have, I've gotten the shit edited out of me. And I think that's good for writers. Just because you have an idea and think it would make a good article, doesn't mean you should go and publish it. Learn to edit your work and throw it out if nothing comes of it.

I know The Hairpin is supposed to be a happy, friendly place where nobody says anything negative, but at what point does that just shelter and cultivate mediocrity?

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 8:33 am 2

By TheGenYgirl on A Plan for Dealing With This

So does The Hairpin just post half-assed essays written by friends of the editors now?

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm 6

By commanderbanana on Toward a Clarification of the Word "Chivalry"

From now on everyone I date has to have a horse, and bring said horse to dinner.

And the horse has to pay and hold the door for me.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm 8

By Pound of Salt on I Just Wanted to Fly Solo: A Night at the Sugar Ray Festival

Maybe I need to reread this, but I'm not sure what the intention of this piece is - am I supposed to feel sorry for the author because she went to a show feeling superior (liking the music somewhat ironically, not earnestly like the unsophicated fools she encounters) and then had those feelings confirmed? Ok, so?

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm 2

By Maura Johnston on I Just Wanted to Fly Solo: A Night at the Sugar Ray Festival

(Probably a lot of similar interactions, only with different "better than you" dynamics.)

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm 5

By Maura Johnston on I Just Wanted to Fly Solo: A Night at the Sugar Ray Festival

Like, I wonder what would happen if it wasn't set at such a "funny" show?

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm 4

By Maura Johnston on I Just Wanted to Fly Solo: A Night at the Sugar Ray Festival

This all feels a bit... fish-in-barrel.

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm 7

By Claire Zulkey@twitter on The Comment Section for Every Article Ever Written About Food Allergies

The reason why there are so many food allergies is because liberal parents are too afraid to spank their children! THANKS OBAMA.

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm 60