Be a Journalist #LikeaGirl

I know I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t really like the Always #LikeaGirl ad that aired during the Superbowl this week. Now I write this as a person who believes wholeheartedly that men and women/girls and boys can almost always do the same things. I attended an all-girls school for eight years, and […]

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The Pageant Formula of Miss Universe 2015

If you follow my writings on Miss Universe, you know that my absolute favorite part is the parade of national costumes. Trump and his minions got with the program this year and showed us the contestants modeling them– not just a picture of them flaunting their version of sexy national dress like last year. Even […]

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The Similar Worlds of Mutton Busting and AAU Basketball

In addition to reading a lot of books, I read a lot of magazines. Sometimes it takes me awhile to get through the stack on my nightstand, but I always do. I recently read two articles in my “regulars” (New Yorker and Sports Illustrated) that spoke to one another in important ways– even if no […]

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My Purple Train Boy Turns 3

Back in November I (along with Carston!) made my writing debut in The Washington Post. I was thrilled to have a piece in the On Parenting section. I originally titled the piece “My Purple Train Boy,” but it was retitled to, “My boy likes soccer and dance, trains and the color purple.” The lines I […]

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Ballroom Blitz: Toddlers & Tiaras for Grown-Ups

When Bravo announced it would be airing Game of Crowns many eagerly awaited the grown-up version of Toddlers & Tiaras. But, as I wrote, that series turned out to be more like a pageant version of Real Housewives of RI/CT. Instead, it is another TLC mini-series, Ballroom Blitz, that comes closest to the formula, subculture, […]

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Called to Watch The Sisterhood

When I was in first grade I went home and told my mother that the principal of my school, Sr. Loretelle, was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I also said she smelled good (I actually remember this and I still would argue she smelled good! I looked her up online to confirm […]

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Bravo Academia: What I Should Have Asked Andy Cohen

I am, what sociologists of culture call, a cultural omnivore. I consume high and low art whether it be books, TV, movies, music, etc. Sometimes my DVR looks like a teenage girl (Pretty Little Liars, Teen Mom) and other times a middle-aged woman (Real Housewives, The Sisterhood). I love reading serious non-fiction as much as […]

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World AIDS Day 2014: The Reality of The Normal Heart

For many people born around the same time as me (1980, for the record) their first exposure to someone with HIV/AIDS was Pedro Zamora on The Real World San Francisco. Or, in a fictional setting, it was Tom Hanks’ character in Philadelphia. I actually knew two people who died of AIDS by the time I […]

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Protest Progress: Professional and Personal Development

August– the heat, the uncertainty– seem far away on this chilly November day. But I’m reminded of how I felt only a few months ago, particularly on the day I first found out what was happening at my high school in Michigan. And, now, today, when news of some resolution is shared. In August my […]

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The Dissimilarities Between Honey Boo Boo and Malala Yousafzai

Almost exactly two years ago I wrote a piece for The Huffington Post about the ways in which Alana Thompson (aka “Honey Boo Boo”) and Malala Yousafzai are similar. My, how times have changed. Malala is now a Nobel Peace Prize winner and Alana Thompson’s show has been axed and her safety is in question […]

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