This past Monday night, women and quite a few men brought their most honest queries to WNYC hoping to glean some wisdom on “How to be a Grown A$$ Women.” Lindy West, of Jezebel, fielded the questions (and threw in some of her own), and the panel included the expertise of bloggers Twanna A. Hines, Jolie Kerr and Logan Sachon talking about relationships, cleanliness and money, respectively.
Prior to the event I was trying to pinpoint when I felt like a grown-up. Was it when I got my first post-college job working for a U.S. Senator? Was it when I moved into a new apartment, actually washed my dishes and cleaned my toilet? I think it was when I built my own bookshelf. I certainly felt empowered as I stared at the squat, three-shelved product of my sweat and blood.
What I do know is that since going back to school, I stopped feeling like a badass independent working woman. It slipped away when I turned in my Senate I.D., and when I moved into student housing. It has been a slow decline ever since student loans instead of paychecks populated my bank account. I joke that I’m “not a real person” anymore.
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This is Jezebel blogger Lindy West performing at Back Fence PDX, a storytelling series in Portland, Oregon. As you can see, Lindy is fat, and her seven minute-long story is about how the viciousness of Internet trolls used to make her cry every day. The site I originally saw Lindy’s story posted on promised that viewers would be crying by the end of it. I thought they were just exaggerating at first, but they were right. Keep reading »