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on banning bossy

on banning bossy

So Sheryl Sandberg, the patron saint of leaning in, has handed down a new commandment from the mount: Ban “bossy”. (I had to convince myself not to write “excommunicate ‘Bossy’ from your vocabulary.” A holy trinity of inconsistent religious imagery! Apparently poorly-constructed figurative devices give me a weird thrill today.) When I heard about this,(…)

let’s not give big companies free labor anymore

let’s not give big companies free labor anymore

It’s time to start figuring out your summer plans, college kids. Time to start perusing the job boards for something that will make you look good and won’t be too boring. Time to find another unpaid internship. Or not. I’ve done unpaid internships. Honestly, they were all pretty cool. I had a good time. It(…)

i’m sorry, white american male

i’m sorry, white american male

I’m sorry, white American male. Suzanne Venker is right. I’ve been oppressing you. With all my murky intentions and feminist ends, I forgot to look out for your rights. My bad, white American male. I’m sorry. I’ve been representing you unfairly in the media. Every day, you have to see one-dimensional and offensive representations of your gender(…)

ask that girl: college girl, big city

ask that girl: college girl, big city

Hi, Clara! I found your blog a few weeks ago and I love how real and down to earth it is. I’d love some advice! I live in a small town in the South (population about 1,500) and I’m about to go to college in Chicago. I was always kind of an introvert and not(…)

hbo’s girls is upsettingly familiar

hbo’s girls is upsettingly familiar

I think it’s safe to say Girls is one of my new(ish) favorite shows. It gets a lot of criticism, which is actually fairly well-reasoned for the most part, but I just can’t stop watching. I think the problem is that it’s so goddamn relatable. Every one of the characters either reminds me of myself or(…)

it’s link thursday!

it’s link thursday!

Rather, it’s link thursday, belated edition. Sorry, but moving boxes from my bedroom to Vivian’s zipcar to my future basement takes priority over sharing these wonderful links with the blog-reading universe. Now that all the boxes are where they need to be, onward! Do you ever need a hug? It’s okay. We all need hugs(…)