Internet Confessional

From First Thoughts

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned; it has been one day since my last confession.Three times I participated in an argument about trigger warnings. Each time I swore it was my last.Once I replied “lol i’m not mad, it’s just funny to me” Father, I was super mad.I read an article about whether . . . . Continue Reading »

Fifty Shades of Pretty

From First Thoughts

Inspired by this photo spread from Seventeen magazine:  1. Blistered Red: This look is really what we as an industry are all about: ensuring that, like sex, beauty involves as much suffering and humiliation as possible. Once you have a stranger rip hot wax off your legs, eyebrows, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Duty and Delight

From Web Exclusives

It is difficult to spend much time on the Internet without tripping over advice–reams of it–on marriage. Tuning out the wit and wisdom of the hordes and looking instead to married couples I admire, mostly my parents, has been, for me, the path of sanity. So I watch, and think and ask questions. Mostly I watch. Continue Reading »

In Defense of Her Majesties

From First Thoughts

So, Sesame Street brought on Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor to tell little girls to ditch the princess swag and start dreaming of law school . Poor Sesame Street. They try so hard, but fail to ask the simple million dollar question: Am I implicitly assuming that female nature is . . . . Continue Reading »

Everything’s Coming up Rosen

From Web Exclusives

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a Nepalese hut contemplating the infinite, you’ve probably paid some attention to the tempest swirling around Hilary Rosen’s recent remarks about Ann Romney’s work experience. I’m not as interested in Rosen’s actual snipes (which even she seems to acknowledge were beyond lame-brained) as in the problems surrounding contemporary American motherhood that they highlighted… . Continue Reading »