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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Difference Between Banning and DDoS

As you may have noticed, the whole Skepchick network has been down recently thanks to a DDoS attack. It was pretty much a pain in the ass, but as of this point in time we’re all doing swimmingly and the network is back up. However in the process of getting …

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Medication: Remember to Ask Questions

This weekend I had a rather harrowing experience. I woke up on Saturday morning…well that’s not quite correct. I tried to wake up about five times on Saturday morning, couldn’t open my eyes, sort of fell out of bed and dragged myself into the living room and realized that I …

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The Lessons of Success

There’s a piece of received wisdom that says we learn more from our failures than we do from our successes. When you fail, it says, you learn what not to do in the future, you learn about yourself and your reaction to stress, you learn who you can count on, …

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