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Crosspost: The Exhumation of Elizabeth Siddal

Since it’s close to Halloween, I thought I would share this morbid little tidbit about Sir Edward Burne-Jones’s fellow Pre-Raphaelites, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal, and how he had her grave dug up so he could get the book of his poems that he had buried with her.

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What’s Wrong With Patricia Arquette’s Comments? A Lot.

The Internet has been buzzing since Sunday night with discussion about actress Patricia Arquette’s Oscar acceptance speech and her followup remarks that were made in the press room afterwards. In case you haven’t been online much, here’s a recap.

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Book Review: Southern Reach Trilogy

Thirty years ago, an ecological event closed off an area of land referred to as “the forgotten coast.” Saying that it was an environmental catastrophe, the government named the bordered off area “Area X.” But the government didn’t set up those borders; in fact, something else created the invisible barrier that for a long time was impenetrable. When passage into […]

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Grief and Motherhood in The Babadook

Snap Synopsis: A widowed mom tries to hold it together when she realizes her son’s night terrors might be real. Trigger Warning: The dog dies.

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#ShameOnShonda Is Bullshit: On Black Women, Mental Health And Intersectionality

Friday morning, there was grumbling on my twitter timeline about the storyline of last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. A hashtag, #ShameOnShonda, had been started in protest of what was perceived as a stigmatization of mothers with post-partum depression, or PPD.

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6 Reasons Not To Be A Jerk About Trigger Warnings

As you meander around the internet, you may occasionally encounter an article or video prefaced by a trigger warning (or the abbreviated version, TW). A trigger warning is a note that indicates potentially traumatic content. These notes applied to such varied topics as sexual assault, graphic violence, racism, transphobia, eating disorders and child abuse — […]

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A Happy Birthday To Roe V. Wade — And A Middle Finger To Its Deadly Step-Sibling, The Helms Amendment

This post by Kelley Calkins originally appeared on Ravishly on Jan. 22, 2015, and is reprinted with permission. A dear “happy birthday” and a hearty “goddamn, I want to build a barricade around you to protect you from the clutches of politicians who seek to render women autonomy-less chattel” go out to Roe v. Wade today!

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My Little Feminequist Pony: Lesbian Separatist Fan Fiction

“Do you ever get tired of stallions?” asked Celestia, flopping down next to her Luna on the chaise lounge. “I mean, do you ever feel like this palace is practically seething with testosterone-fuelled rivalry? Sometimes I’m just so over it.” “It’s bad enough being a princess, with all the gender garbage that goes along with […]

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The Problem With The “Largest Study To Date” On Infidelity

In case this is your first time reading anything written by me — your humble narrator — let it be known: I’m wildly cynical. So it should come as no surprise that findings from what’s being touted as “the largest study to date” about infidelity have me simultaneously scratching my head and rolling my eyes.

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After Tragic Acts Of Terrorism, Can We Grieve Without Reflexive Racism?

We’re all desperate to understand the heinous slaughter in Paris Wednesday, chilled by those seemingly assailing free speech. Twelve people are dead and it doesn’t make any sense.

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Star Wars Christmas Display Wins This — And Every — Galaxy Throughout Time And Space

Not so long ago (this morning), in a galaxy not-so-far away (this one), I wrote a piece about how I’m not feeling the holidays this year… OK, more accurately I wrote a piece that spelled out in detail the mental manipulations I’m engaging in to pretend the holiday season doesn’t exist at all. Because it’s […]

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For Feminists Who Resort To Racism When Slut Shaming Is Not Enough

White Feminists, we need to have a chat about this unruly beast we call feminism, and the intersection of race and sexuality. I like to assume that you mean well, but you’ve been fucking up quite a bit in the last few months, and I think it’s my duty as your presumptive sister-in-arms to do […]

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‘Tis The Season (To Pretend There’s No Season At All)

Listen. I’m not one to ever come out against presents. I love sea turtle calendars just as much, if not more than the average person, but I really need society to get the hell away from me with this whole “let’s be jolly” thing.

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Study Reveals Sexual Harassment Leads To “Insidious Trauma”

For many women, sexual harassment is (sadly) common. Those of us who experience it frequently are all too familiar with its negative effects… to the extent that it’s hard to understand how anyone could possibly not understand such impacts. The truth is, though, that many persist in believing harassment doesn’t really do harm; that, to use […]

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On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of rape and sexual assault. Let me start by saying that Reign is a great show. I started watching during the break between seasons one and two and haven’t turned back since. In a lot of ways, Reign is typical CW fare, pretty people’s pretty problems, but in others, it’s a very progressive […]