High school senior Suzy Lee Weiss made waves when her op-ed about the college admissions process was published in the Wall Street Journal last Friday. Ms. Weiss had a GPA of 4.5, scored 2120 on the SAT, and had served as a Senate page, but when she got rejection letters from several top schools in one day, she decided to editorialize on the perceived unfairness and arbitrary nature of who gets accepted into Ivy League universities. Read More Friday Night Discussion: The Satire Defense
Doing something kind or charitable makes us happy the way food and sexual pleasure make us happy, according to several studies. “Oh, really? What studies?” you may ask. Well, this one, this one, and the ones cited here, for instance. SEVERAL STUDIES. Read More Admit It: You Totally Get Off On Doing Good
“I expect something like this from Fox News, but CNN?” – Facebook commenter on my feed.
[Trigger warning for discussion of rape.] Read More The Problem is Us
My pet peeve is “sneak peek” spelled like “sneak peak.” What the hell would “sneak peak” even mean? Hey, who’s that creeping up behind me? OMG, it’s Mount St. Helens! Read More It’s Time For the Grammar Police To Retire
A Catholic high school in New Jersey made the news recently for having its students take a pledge in which they promised not to swear at school during the month of February. Correction, the female students had to take the pledge; male students were exempt and instead were merely asked not to curse in front of the girls. Because cussin’ ain’t ladylike, y’all!! Read More Discussion Link: Cursing Isn’t Ladylike? F*&$ That!
Put on your hip waders, ladies, it’s about to get deep in here. Read More Friday Discussion Link: Janine is a S*!%&y Friend
Maybe I sound like an idealist, but I don’t understand why we have to be so mean.
Read More The Internet’s Culture of Cruelty