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Speak Your Mind: Guilty Pleasures

I don’t pretend to have awesome taste in culture. I’ve been known to be taken in by vacuous pop music, crappy rom-coms, and certain reality television shows. (Seriously. I cannot get enough of Wipeout.)

It’s a little hard to admit this. I mean, I listen to This American Life, Radiolab, and Fresh Air! How is that congruous with a mildly disturbing affection for Bridget Jones’ Diary?

I refuse to believe I’m alone in this. We all have a hodgepodge of interests, and no one can define you. That said, it’s the slightly embarrassing ones that are the most fun to share. Now that I’ve shared with you, it’s your turn.

What are some of your guilty pleasures?


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Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.


  1. April 11, 2013 at 9:21 am —

    I have tried to take up a policy recently of never being ashamed of what I like. So what if I like My Little Pony AND Shakespeare? Why can’t I have multiple likes that appeal to different parts of me? What’s WRONG with enjoying some mindless entertainment sometimes? Now if you like something that’s outright harmful and bigoted and so on I think you need to be aware of that (I have a complicated relationship with Orson Scott Card for example), but why should I feel any shame whatsoever about watching Say Yes to the Dress? Answer: I don’t. Because I love pretty dresses and fuck anyone who says otherwise.

    • April 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm —

      I love Say Yes to the Dress except for the occasional family member. I usually end up screaming at the television (family members who are jerks and try to talk the brides out of a dress they love). Pretty sure it’s not good for my blood pressure.

  2. April 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm —

    George Michael (although I don’t feel guilty about that, but if you’re pissing me off I have no problem blaring it simply to annoy you). I’m with you on Wipeout. I love shows where people do idiotic things, as long as they’re doing it to themselves. (Shows where other people hurt, humiliate or embarrass someone piss me off)

  3. April 14, 2013 at 11:42 am —

    Oh man…I love What Not to Wear. I hate that I love it because it’s so classist but damn, I could use a good pair of jeans. Also, on BBC American they used to show marathons of Cash in the Attic and Bargain Hunt. I would watch those until my eyes bled. If they were on Netflix, I would be watching those shows right now.

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