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This Week in Misogyny

This Week in Misogyny: Hoo Lordy

Oh, misogyny. It never stops, does it? This week we’re catching up on three weeks worth of awful, so brace yourselves. Plus, you get to find out why I’m not friends with very many people from high school! (Yes, it’s disgustingly relevant and you probably already saw the story.) As usual, trigger warnings for pretty […]

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Books

Book Review: Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is one of my literary gaps – I’d heard of him, meant to read him, yet never got around to him until now. Is Manuscript Found in Accra the best introduction to him? I don’t know, but this slim novel – if “novel” is the right word – gives me plenty to think […]

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Writing

The Etymology of “Glamour”

Definitions 1. a magic spell <the girls appeared to be under a glamour – Llewelyn Powys> 2. an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness <the glamour of Hollywood>; especially : alluring or fascinating attraction –often used attributively <glamour stock> <glamour girls> <whooping cranes and “¦ other glamour birds – R. T. Peterson>

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Ladyguides

What’s the Deal with This Sublime the Art Eggheads Keep Talking About?

So this week’s post was going to be about Abstract Expressionism, also known as “Those spilled paint paintings.” As I was drafting it up I found I kept coming back to the idea of Kant’s sublime, which I mentioned briefly last week. And I realized it will come up again when I write about conceptual […]

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Pop Culture

‘Guy Love:’ Foucault and Queer-ing Friendship in Scrubs

My friends joke that I talk about Scrubs as if I have a writer’s credit. Really, though, I’m much more like Abed in Community, television is my reference point and Scrubs happens to be the imagery that most frequents my Rolodex. I could write the book on Scrubs; actually, I have every intention of doing […]

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Politics

Say Nice Things About Detroit

I moved to Detroit five years ago, but I’ve come here every summer to visit family since I was a baby. Like most folks, I live in the suburbs, but I’ve often toyed with the idea of moving downtown and I’ve spent significant amounts of time in the city and have a certain love for […]

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Politics

Your Political Theory Starter Kit

Maybe your before-bed reading has dried up and that copy of Plato’s Republic that you’ve been using as a coaster is looking tempting, or maybe you’re curious but intimidated. Whatever your motivation, political theory can be accessible, and dare I say it, fun.

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Books

My Vegan Ethical Education in Four Books

Organizing my books after a recent move, I revisited my ethical education in animal rights. When I first began studying animal rights and veganism, I grabbed every book I could get my hands on to further understand the issues involved and inform my activism. Below is a brief overview of four of the books I […]

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Politics

A Map of the Unknown World

I got the original idea to write about Battlestar Galactica (BSG) and liberalism when I first began watching the series. When I wrote my initial post, I was testing the waters, and I was delighted to discover that Persephone is doing an entire recap series, so my idea to do several posts on this is […]

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Politics

I Confess, Politically

Four years after I left graduate school, a friend introduced me to Susan Neiman, who observes, “Like many others, I came to philosophy to study matters of life and death, and was taught that professionalization required forgetting them. The more I learned, the more I grew convinced of the opposite: the history of philosophy was […]

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Crossposts

RLP Crosspost: Why I Call Myself a Bitch

The term “Cynic” itself derives from the Greek word kynikos, “dog-like” and that from kyôn, “dog“ (genitive: kynos).One explanation offered in ancient times for why the Cynics were called dogs was because Antisthenes taught in the Cynosarges gymnasium at Athens.