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Adulthood: Mourning the Past

Adulthood: Mourning the Past

Cross posted from We Got So Far To Go I’ve been having a lot of ennui about being an adult lately. This is not uncommon. Twenty somethings excel at ennui and not wanting to be adult. But there appears to be more to this ennui than simply being overwhelmed or not really wanting to take responsibility. Accepting adulthood doesn’t just mean taking on new responsibilities and learning how ... »

Don’t Worry, You’ll Change Your Mind: Making Life Decisions Young

Don’t Worry, You’ll Change Your Mind: Making Life Decisions Young

Adults really love to tell younger people about what will happen when said young people grow up. Usually it goes something like this: “I used to think that way too, but I’m older and wiser now, and I think differently. And because I know the future, I can tell you that you’ll change your mind too!” Especially when a young person comes to a conclusion about dating, marriage,... »

The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

This last weekend I was at Skeptech along with Skepchick Heina Dadabhoy and many other lovely friends of the network (as well as our fearless leader). Heina was one of the speakers this year and her talk was about becoming one of the “cool kids” online, e.g. how to get followers, become a popular blogger, get people to watch your vids, etc. She had some great tips, but when question ti... »

YA Lit and Feminism: Divergent as a Case Study

YA Lit and Feminism: Divergent as a Case Study

I am a rabid fan of YA literature. I love it, and I think that many authors who are willing to invest in writing for young people are willing to invest in serious portrayals of women and girls as well. YA lit is often the place where the fiesty, strong heroines are born, intelligent and independent young women who pretty much repeatedly save everyone. This is where the Hermiones and the Katnisses ... »

Calorie Counting: Yay or Nay?

Calorie Counting: Yay or Nay?

CN: Diet and weight loss The best way to lose weight is to eat less calories and burn more calories, so counting calories just makes sense, right? So many people have used calorie counting, it must work. The government is demanding calorie labels on everything, so it’s probably something we should all take into account right? Well, maybe not. Many people assume that calories are simple, but ... »

The Sexualization of YA Fiction

The Sexualization of YA Fiction

Most people think of teenhood as a time of raging hormones and awakening sexuality. “Experimentation”, “hormonal” and “out of control” are things we tend to associate with young adults and sexuality. Young adult fiction seems to have picked up on these associations and has one-upped its adult counterpart in terms of obsessing over sex and sexuality. I have read a lot of young adult fiction. I pref... »

The Space for Little Girls

The Space for Little Girls

Trigger warning: brief mention of self harm and eating disorders When I was little, I spent most of my time in books. It wasn’t something I thought much about, I simply enjoyed them and doing other things was not as fun. But in my last therapy session, I described it as “I always wanted to be someplace else”. What on earth would cause a 10 year old girl with no trauma in her past and a perfectly h... »

Amanda Marcotte Got It Wrong

Amanda Marcotte Got It Wrong

There has been an uproar recently on Twitter over an article by friend of the Skepchicks, Amanda Marcotte. Amanda is a lovely person who write many lovely things, but in this particular article she appears to be defending a decision to arrest a woman who was a victim of assault in order to ensure that the woman showed up to testify. There are a lot of things about Amanda’s article that are t... »

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