When I started writing personal essays on the internet, I was half embarrassed, half proud. Even though I grew up in a generation that’s supposedly all about oversharing and Facebooking and nonstop blabby social connectedness, I’d still learned that privacy is a virtue, modesty is preferable, and you shouldn’t air your dirty laundry. But I also wanted to talk about things that felt relevant but had been kept quiet. And I wanted to share those things with other women, because I had a sneaking suspicion that I might be facing some of the same challenges that girls and women all over the world deal with, even if those challenges at times felt intensely, well, personal. Even if they felt too small and mundane for the news. I came into personal essay writing open-minded, scared, and determined.
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The Marines are moving toward the notion of putting more women in combat roles, and one Marine in particular—a woman—thinks it’s a lousy idea. “As a combat-experienced Marine officer, and a female, I am here to tell you that we are not all created equal,” writes Capt. Katie Petronio in the Marine Corps Gazette. She’s worried that nowhere near enough study has been done on “gender-specific medical issues,” especially on the toll they may take on females in the long run—a view she holds based on “firsthand experience” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more…
During Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Special, it was not failing to include her groom in her venue choice or that her sister accused said groom of being opportunistic that struck a nerve with me. It was when Rob Kardashian, Kim’s younger brother, got made fun of by his mother Kris for having a fat butt.
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