Stop Calling Us the Smart Kids

Look, I’m not ashamed of my intelligence, nor am I complaining about it. I am very, very grateful that I have smart parents and smart grandparents who passed on their DNA on to me. I am. And I wouldn’t give that up for the world. I’m not trying to complain about it, either. But here’s […]

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#MorallyComplicatedYA

Here’s the thing: we don’t need to have a slightly-overweight-turned-lean-warrior girl searching for her kidnapped father for there to be moral ambiguity. That’s like saying a story can’t have drama in it unless there’s a love triangle, or a manuscript doesn’t have any suspense in it unless it’s a murder-mystery. The truth you’re not seeing is those dumb high school stories can be rich with moral ambiguity, too.

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Paris

Instead of placing blame and discriminating against people because they believe in a religion made infamous for birthing radicals, we should focus on helping Paris heal. Saying every Muslim is a terrorist is like saying every Christian is a misogynistic white supremacist. It’s untrue and demeaning. This “us vs. them” culture that’s revealed itself so much in Paris’ aftermath is just as toxic as ISIS’ radical form of Islam.

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Fight, Flight, and… Photograph?

It’s not just potential fires; it’s car accidents, fights, explosions. Everyone wants to record them. Maybe it’s the six seconds (sorry, couldn’t help it) of fame it gets them. Maybe it’s that part of us that makes us slow down at car accidents and stare because secretly we love destruction. I don’t know.

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Stop Harassing Female Reporters

Paul Carson had planned to have a fun night with his family at TIFF. He took his daughters and wife to the festival so they could see the celebrities. Instead, they got a jerk shouting the infamous “FHRINP” (only this time it was FHRITA, because FHRITP was too classy for him). His fifteen-year-old daughter was […]

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Brutasha Doesn’t Make the Black Widow Weak: An Age of Ultron Rant

Joss Whedon has created some of the most famous strong female characters—he wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and turned Maria Hill and Melinda May and the Scarlett Witch and Agent Freaking Carter into Strong Women Role Models. And yes, maybe there’s still room for improvement in the ratio of male superheroes to female superheroes–and with female superheroes themselves–but Joss Whedon has done a whole lot for boss female characters and the girls who watch them.

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In Defense of Feminism

I’m not going to deny that there are feminists out there who think men suck and they should have the right to go out topless and get free contraception and abortions, because there are feminists out there like that. Saying otherwise would be a lie. But believing that they make up the majority is dangerous and harmful, as it is with any other stereotype.

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The Truth Behind #VeryRealisticYA

So, last week, this hashtag, #VeryRealisticYA, was created by @ABoredAuthor (aka John Hansen), and it caught the online writing community by storm. The tweets people sent in were hilarious. (I’m too lazy to embed them, but if you want to see some of them you can go here, here or here.) But although the hashtag […]

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