On Cord Jefferson, "On Kindness"

This is really lovely and now I am crying in the office. Thank you Cord and Cord's mum. And point taken about getting annoyed about nonsense. I will check that in myself, for today at least.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 8:24 am 0

On Don't Be Afraid to Talk About Abortion

Why the talk about "mistakes". Failed contraception for example is not a mistake. It just is. Like the weather. Mistake is a softer way of saying "oh dear, you did something silly, I want to blame you but I'm going to be forgiving". This is not an advance. Sometimes people get pregnant when they don't want to be. That's all that needs to be said. I had an abortion and it certainly wasn't the result of a mistake.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 4:53 am 0

On No Excuses: Responding To One-Handed Reviews

What I like about this is that it is really smart and the arguments are unassailable. Not that the helps the morons particularly - but it helps me to know that we (annoyed women/Hairpin readers/sensible others) have good reason, logic and intelligence on our side in this endless battle with bad stuff.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm 5

On Chance the Rapper, "Wonderful Everyday" (Arthur Theme Song Cover)

I thought this was going to be Christopher Cross's Arthur theme tune.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 7:09 am 0

On Can You Patent a Tank Top?

I'm actually going to patent my own yoga outfits. I bet nobody else has ever thought of wearing to their yoga session a once-white-now-grey Gap tshirt with some slightly baggy-at-the-knee running leggings which got repurposed when I stopped running. They are very particular to me, being soggy with sweat and rather larger than the average yoga outfit. I am going to patent them right now and the sue the downward doggy arse off of anyone I see wearing anything similar next week.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm 2

On "I Don't Fucking Care If You Like It"

Yup to all of this. I think of it as - "Hold on, I never said I was doing a survey"

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 4:22 am 1

On The Hairpin Rom Com Club: Notting Hill

Sideways was the worst for this slacker unattractive man deserves and gets amazingly attractive girlfriend thing. And worse because it was somehow supposed to be a subversive, alternative film. Not subversive enough to make the point that men don't get what they want just because they are men and they want it.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:32 am 2

On Having the Best-Selling Cake and Eating the Review, Too: An Interview With Jennifer Weiner

Great interview on both sides! I didn't realise Jennifer Weiner had written so much. I am in the UK so she's a bit on the radar but not the poster girl for "don't call this chick-lit" - I think that's probably Marion Keyes here who also writes really fun, compelling books often with dark, dark themes (addiction and domestic violence being two recent ones) and who gets stupid book covers slapped all over her books and a chick lit label. Anyway, off to find some more Jennifer Weiner to read.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 5:35 am 1

On Part Two of "Mother's Mind"

oh good lord. What a terrible, terrible story. Wishing strength for Cindy's family and her boy.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:38 am 0

On RIP, Maya Angelou

Just had a little eye-prickle at Maya, Lesley, Carlo and Elmo. She was amazing - her musicality in her poems and just doing this little sketch on Sesame St.

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:40 am 0