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On How to Enjoy the Airport This Holiday Travel Season

I always felt super-stressed in airports, and after a lot of travel I realized that there were a few things causing it: one was noise, so noise-canceling headphones help in the terminal, and the other was unwieldy bags that I had to drag around and that kept falling off my arms. In the end I started traveling with an empty carry-on when I could, which I would end up filling with the inevitable odds and ends (and my purse) when I was in the terminal. Those purses with the strap on the back to loop around a rolling suitcase are great, too.

And, of course, things got less stressful once I realized you can drink in airports.

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm 1

On Viagra: The New Heating Pad

but in what world would "the discomfort that comes with the very idea of taking Viagra" outweigh excruciating and debilitating pain on a regular basis

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:56 am 2

On How to Fill the Awkward Silence in an Elevator Full of Women

I have actually said this at scientific conferences :(

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm 6

On What's Your Excuse for Not Having My Body?

@RNL the stubble isn't as bad on my arms, because it's softer hair (still dark as hell, but softer). So I tend to let it grow for a week or so and then shave it off again, before it gets TOO long. That said, I've gone through periods where I just said "screw it," because shaving my arms is just asking for cuts. The wrists, oh god, the wrists are awful. Epilators will work, but it's suuuuuuch a hassle.

Now, legs, i haven't found a solution there. Stubble is awful and super visible unless I shave literally every day, which takes forever AND THEN I get awful awful ingrowns unless I use TendSkin on a daily basis, and who has that kind of time/money, UGH, I wish I was brave enough to be like GOT WHAT I GOT but I am not. It's really, really dark hair and I have light skin. Please god please let me afford laser hair removal someday.

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm 0

On A Brief History of Getting Yelled At

@cordovan sofa YES, I had a really hard time adjusting to the midwest. I'd cheerfully yell at friends about unimportant stuff and they'd be upset about it?? And then I'd mildly annoy them and they'd stop talking to me for an hour and it would FREAK ME OUT and I thought the FRIENDSHIP WAS OVER, basically it was all just a huge miscommunication all the time.

That said: shouting in a professional context is super uncool and I lose a huge amount of respect for people who can't keep it together when they're supposed to be working. Especially folks who yell at their subordinates — that tips right on over into abusive.

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm 1

On The Boy Who Continued to Live as Harry Potter and Actually Could Not Really Escape It Ever

@celeec4@twitter Likewise. I've never had anyone say anything awful to me in person*, and I was lucky to have extraordinary support all the way through. That's doubtless due to the places i've gone to school and the people I've chosen to work with. But I HAVE had some weird experiences being hit on at conferences, and I know people who've had even weirder ones.

*(other than one random female high school teacher who, when I was doing outreach in graduate school, informed me that the boys in her class "are just better at science." Steam started coming out of my ears, because SHE'S TELLING HER STUDENTS THAT).

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm 0

On "The sexual narratives we absorb in youth are formidable, formative": What's Your All-Time Most Erotic Book?

@Courtney Jenkins@facebook I'm rereading them now, and they're just as sex-positive and genuinely feminist as I remembered. What a good choice 12-year-old me made.

In other news: George Cooper, amirite?

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm 1

On What Is Most Millennial?

You know what I miss? Wrath Of The Gods. Now that was a game.

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm 0

On How Many Words Could You Read Aloud While Climaxing?

FWIW here are Stoya's thoughts on the project.

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm 0