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All About That “All About That Bass” Song

TweetI know, I know. Meghan Trainor’s new song All About That Bass isn’t the perfect body-loving anthem we’ve been waiting for. It’s problematic, and somewhat exclusionary, and still heavily invested in the power of the male gaze. But still. I only had to hear All About That Bass once and I was hooked. Within an [...]
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Dear Cosmo: Stalking is creepy

Tweet Originally posted to thelanguageeffect.org Note: A few days ago I wrote into Cosmo.  The intent was not to receive a response any more thorough than the expected generic, “We promise we read this, though we can’t respond to every email in our inbox.”  (I did in fact receive that response.  It was nice.)  The [...]
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Seen, Then Heard

TweetDamn, I look good. Crop top hugging my waist. Suede skirt dangling from my hips. Black leather boots with a three-inch heel; the perfect height. Topped off with a dab of black eye shadow for that smokey eye. Audrey Vardanega is ready. Leather jackets, short dresses, leggings, high heels, rompers, large handbags, dangly earrings, knee-high [...]
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Til death do we part: Data’s problem with gender

TweetThe recent whirlwind of support of open data has many, including the European Commission, governments and analysts applauding a new era of ‘Data as Culture,’ where individual and collective data shadows track, stalk and cloak us throughout our lives. From the time we are born, we receive countless involuntary yet socially-necessary data assignments — from [...]
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7 Sensational Things Marilyn Monroe Can Teach Us about Feminism

Tweet“She wasn’t a feminist, but she can teach us about feminism.” I did Pilates under Marilyn Monroe’s white billowy skirt. That doesn’t sound right. But I did exercise beneath her 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue in Palm Springs during a free class in the park. (Should I have moved my mat to honor her memory?) This week, the statue [...]
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