My Secret to Keeping it Together: Dream Big, Act Small

Now that I’ve taken some time to recover from the horror that was taking two upper-level summer classes simultaneously, I think it’s time to talk about an important skill.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people ask me: “How do you manage to get everything done?” It’s a fair question. I don’t seem to have the ability or the desire that other people do when it comes to saying “no.” Read More My Secret to Keeping it Together: Dream Big, Act Small

Why This Slut (Probably) Won’t Be Walking

A few years ago I picked up the nickname “drunken slut” within my family (the comedy, you see, comes from the fact that I was the total opposite at the age of fifteen). The nickname rings a little differently now since, on occasion, I am drunken and I’ve done things that could qualify me as a “slut” in some people’s eyes. Still, it’s all in good fun and I don’t mind one bit. Read More Why This Slut (Probably) Won’t Be Walking

Communicating Feminism: Letting Go of the Patriarchy?

In addition to making me want to repeatedly bash my head against some hard surface, this infuriating reddit thread got me thinking about how the language that we sometimes use in feminism might be holding us back. In this case, I am thinking specifically of the word patriarchy. Read More Communicating Feminism: Letting Go of the Patriarchy?

My Problem With “The Help”

I started reading The Help for a few reasons: because it was sitting in the living room when I came home for the summer, because Emma Stone is in the upcoming movie adaption, and (more importantly) because I had noticed quite a bit of criticism being written and linked to regarding The Help on some of my favorite blogs. I don’t like reading pop-culture critiques without an understanding of the source material if I can help it (as evidenced by the fact that I plowed through all four Twilight novels a few years ago), so I read the novel. Read More My Problem With “The Help”

The Start of My Education as an Anti-Racist Activist

This summer I am lucky enough to be taking two classes that are helping to inform my activism, feminism, and blogging! I am taking Advanced Topics in Black Psychology and Film Representations of Race, Class, and Gender because they both count towards my degree and they both help to fill the MAJOR gap in my activist knowledge surrounding issues of race and ethnicity. Read More The Start of My Education as an Anti-Racist Activist