The Perilous Pitfalls of Marrying Young

Getting married at any age is like descending into the cavernous lair of a supervillain. No one in their right mind wouldn’t expect to trip a few lasers and get beset by half-shark, half-crocodile hybrids, because, you know, villainous shit happens. Marriage crises happen. Read More The Perilous Pitfalls of Marrying Young

A Brief History of Internet Activism

The protests in Egypt and Tunisia have shone a spotlight on Facebook and Twitter as vehicles for democratic revolt, particularly the nuts and bolts work of getting the word out, organizing, and presenting a united front to the Egyptian government. Stateside, we’ve seen Tiger BeatDown’s Sady Doyle organize two Twitter hashtag protests in the last six weeks, #MooreandMe and #DearJohn, both of which have garnered national media attention and resulted in apologies from Michael Moore and the removal of the “forcible rape” language from Republican-backed bill H.R.3. Read More A Brief History of Internet Activism

Gen. X, Gen. Y and the Art of Slacking

I hope you all will excuse me while I make rash, sweeping generalizations about, well, pretty much all of us (or at least the generations to which we belong). I think it’s interesting that the idea of the lovable, cool slacker arose in the 80s and 90s as a counter-cultural alternative to yuppies and  corporate expansion, but I’m not sure that the art of slacking has translated well for my Generation, the Y-ers, who are, if anything, hyper-motivated, helicopter-parented and desirous of “making their mark in the world.” Read More Gen. X, Gen. Y and the Art of Slacking

Badass Ladies of History: Wallis Simpson

So let it be known that Wallis is not a Badass Lady in the same vein as Amelia Earhart or Eleanor Roosevelt or Josephine Baker (though she may have known Jo! They both hung out in Paris during the 30s so it’s highly likely they crossed paths) or other women who actively campaigned for equality and progress. No, Wallis is badass because she lived bravely and openly despite being cast as the Jezebel archetype–a woman scorned, reviled, and hated (by an entire country, no less) for engaging in “mannish” behavior such as divorcing, having affairs, and being “ambitious.” Read More Badass Ladies of History: Wallis Simpson

Why Does Kate Middleton (And Her Famous Hair) Appeal to Americans?

Whether Americans care about Prince William’s impending nuptials is an ever-changing story, at least as reported by the press. One day, we uncouth commoners just can’t get enough of Ms. Kate Middleton aka the future Princess of Wales aka the long-term future Queen Catherine VI. The next day we’re being our cheeky, revolutionary selves, not giving a damn about such an “outdated” and “silly” tradition as, pfft, monarchy. Read More Why Does Kate Middleton (And Her Famous Hair) Appeal to Americans?

A Day in the Life of an Aspiring Novelist

10:00 am – Wake up to the sound of your cell phone ringing. You expectantly reach for it, hoping it’s this one agent you emailed last week, but it’s your sort-of boyfriend. You don’t pick up because if you’re going to get anything done today it can’t involve outings for Quizno’s subs or catching the tail end of his friend’s roommate’s band’s coffeeshop gig. And you really need to get stuff done today. Read More A Day in the Life of an Aspiring Novelist

Polyvore Outfits: Taste the Rainbow

Howdy, ladies! (And anonymous male readers. I know you’re reading this. Right now. I can see you through my computer). Well, I was having a hard time thinking of a “theme” (give me suggestions! I can always use suggestions to decrease the stressful process of having to open Polyvore and sigh and be like, “Is it time for this indentured servitude, again?”) but then the s0-obvious-it-hurt idea to just make a rainbow of sets hit me. You’ll see the mixed results below. Read More Polyvore Outfits: Taste the Rainbow

When the GOP Tries to Invade Your Uterus

Under the circumstances, this headline is only exaggerated in the sense that John Boehner & Co. have no known plans to shrink themselves and march up the skirts of American women everywhere. Less literal interpretations apply perfectly, however, to a new law the Republican party, specifically the blood-lustey Republican Representatives who hold a majority in the House, is trying to foist onto, by all accounts, an outraged female constituency. Read More When the GOP Tries to Invade Your Uterus