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The Soapbox: Sometimes I Don’t Understand Feminists

Soapbox: Judgey Feminism
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Anti Sex-Positive Feminism
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The Soapbox: Sometimes I Don't Understand Feminists

I don’t know if I’m the right kind of feminist.

Oh, my principles are in the right place -– birth control and abortions for those who want/need them; equal pay for equal work; full participation in government and society; equal funding for girls’ sports; the right to wear whatever the hell I want and not get chased down a street; and so on and so forth. But sometimes when I read articles by professional, ivory tower-approved feminists, I can’t understand what the hell is going on.

I’ll see an interesting headline over on one of the feminist-friendly websites, and I’ll click on through to expand my knowledge. And then I’ll come upon something like this:

The intersectionality of the diagonalism of the duality of the Hegelian manifesto advanced by Paglia shows evidence of unchecked cannibalistic governance that was meant to be unpacked by POC. Constructivism teaches us that inordinate amounts of identities are compromised by the culture of “being-ness” currently infecting conversations that ought to question assumptions of race, class, and woman-ness. We must disrupt notions of cis intertextuality.

WHAT?

OK obviously the paragraph above is total nonsense. But “nonsense” is exactly how some of these essays read to me. Keep reading »

True Story: I Let My Boyfriend (John DeVore) Talk Me Into Doing A Juice Cleanse

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He Told Me To Lose Weight
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I was halfway through my third fried fish taco at Highland Café in northeast Los Angeles before I realized what I’d done.

“Oh, crap,” I said aloud. A passing waiter looked at me curiously.

“Is everything alright?” he asked kindly. They’re always kind to me at Highland Café, probably because my laptop and I basically live there.

“I’m fine,” I said, embarrassed. “It’s just – I’m just – oh, God, this is so dumb.”

“What’s dumb?” the waiter said in the kind of sympathetic, you-can-tell-me-anything tone used by therapists.

“I’m supposed to be on a…” I paused and cleared my throat.

“On a what?” he asked patiently.

“A juice cleanse,” I whispered. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: How To Talk To Girls

Sexual Heckling
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#IAskedPolitely
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I Was Sexually Harassed
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... while trying to run errands at my local store. Read More »
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Dear Gentlemen Of The World:

Hello. My name is Sara Benincasa. Pleased to meet you. I’m an author and a comedian and a human with a vagina, otherwise known as a “lady-person.” I’m about to school you in exactly how to tell a stranger lady that she is great. I’m also going to teach you how not to talk to girls you don’t know.

But first, I’d like to tell you a story. I know, women be talking, am I right? But seriously guys, listen up, for I have knowledge to share. Useful knowledge. Think of my words as tools, and your brain as a box in which to place said tools, and a mutually satisfying encounter as the project you are building with these tools.

Okay then. On to the story. Keep reading »

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