Best of P-Mag: Yellow Fever: Dating As An Asian Woman

Lauren sMash is another amazingly talented writer, whose work has consistently knocked my socks off. I thought this was one of the best pieces that thoroughly debunks the whole “exotic-fetishization-of-your-race-as-a-compliment” and what it’s like to navigate the dating world as a person who’s desired as a stereotype, not as a whole person. – Coco Papy Continue reading

Best of P-Mag: Crop Tops: My Style Revolution

In December 2011, Lauren sMash and I were on the same wavelength. She wrote this awesome piece about wearing crop tops not long before I wrote my own (warning: shameless self-promotion) piece on the word flattering. I love anything that promotes the idea that we should embrace and dress the body we have, no matter what the fashion powers that be tell us is right. And Lauren does it in this piece with a wonderfully relatable take-no-prisoners attitude. – Liza

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His Holiness and Us: How We Can All Be More Like The Dalai Lama

Before I saw the Dalai Lama speak at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend, I lacked concrete expectations. I have never read any of his books, I haven’t listened to any of his speeches or watched any videos. All I knew was that he was Buddhist, everyone calls him “His Holiness”, and he is supposedly good friends with Richard Gere (a fact from my mom, who is similar to me in that she likely knows more about Richard Gere than the Dalai Lama). Continue reading

Lady Superheroes You Should Know About

Superheros are rising in popularity these days with studios banking on big budget blockbusters like The Avengers movies, Chris Nolan’s Batman films, and the newly cast Spiderman. But, where are the superhero women? It’s hard for most people to name a female superhero beyond Wonder Woman. They may not get a lot of press, but there are actually lots of lady superheroes worth reading about who don’t have that iconic golden whip.  Continue reading

$20K Grants for Digital Media Startups Run By Women

The International Women’s Media Foundation is offering a fantastic opportunity for female journalists and entrepeneurs! Are you a woman? Are you a writer? Have a groundbreaking idea that uses digital media to deliver the news? Then, this opportunity is for you! You could be one of the three women awarded $20,000 to have your life-changing Lois Lane journalist dreams become a reality!  Continue reading

Yellow Fever: Dating As An Asian Woman

I was IMing with a friend recently about a guy she has an unrequited crush on. She was absolutely smitten, but thoroughly convinced that he would have nothing to do with her. When I asked her why, she heaved a heavy Internet *SIIIIIIGH* and said, “Ugh, well he only dates Asian girls”¦ you’re so lucky you’re Asian!” All right. I think now is an appropriate time to discuss exactly how “lucky” we Asian women can be in the dating world.

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Get With The Program: Learn to Code with CodeYear

2012 could be a big year for Persephoneers with all of these challenges popping up! Here’s another brainy challenge for you.

CodeAcademy is offering interactive computer programming lessons with Code Year for free online! It’s an awesome user friendly opportunity to learn something new and relevant to our technology driven world. By 2013, you could have a shiny new skill to add to your resume!  Read more for details on Code Year and why it could be important for women in the professional world.

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Deconstructing Comedy: Teach Me How to Understand Christmas

Full disclosure: I am a big nerd about comedy. I love watching it, I love creating it, and I love sharing it with people. Comedy can be really funny if it is only taken at face value, but my favorite kind of comedy can also be deeply funny–funny in a complex and nuanced way that addresses all kinds of things at once. It can be an incredibly effective avenue for generating discourse about the world and how we interact with it, which can make it all the funnier and more satisfying for the audience. One song on Community‘s holiday episode is a fantastic example of how comedy can make you both laugh AND think. Continue reading

Life Lessons From Donna Noble

When I found out that Doctor Who would no longer be available on Netflix on December 1st, 2011, I took that as a personal challenge. For two weeks straight, I went on a massive 2-5 episode a day binge so I could finish up David Tennant’s run as The Doctor by the time December 1st hit. I’m glad that I did. If I hadn’t gotten through Season 4, I would not have known about the glorious badass that is Donna Noble.  Continue reading