No Sympathy for the Devil

I am still here!
Just experiencing some technical difficulties…herniated disc in my back that inflamed the recurring depression that spiraled into “Why oh why would/should anyone listen to anything I have to say?”.
Crippled in more ways than one.
Reading a little (okay, a lot) of Hermann Hesse and Sylvia Plath brings me up again…for awhile.
Tons of ideas sloshing around in my brain but nothing solid enough to grab onto.
But I’m still here.


How to Be a Ladyperson at the Holidays: 10 Important Tips

I Miss You When I Blink

Straight from the ad pages of your favorite magazines, here’s your guide to being a girl in December. Take notes.

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1. Stay cozy. Wear a baby.

wear a baby If you play your cards right, your sensitive, goateed dad/boyfriend/professor will reward you with a pair of socks made out of his extra sweater sleeves.

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2. Flaunt your complexity.

Embrace all your many dimensions. Think: "I'm an heiress and an Italian professor at this upscale tropical funeral." Show off all your many dimensions at once. When planning outfits for your holiday soirées, think: “I’m an heiress and an Italian professor at this upscale tropical funeral.”

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3. Represent feminine softness in a hard masculine world.

coach All around you are skyscrapers made of bricks and iron and glass and ouchy things. They’re all pointy and hard. But not you. You’re a soft pink flower in a gentle haze of light. Everything around you is blooming, because you breathed springtime into winter. You’re a superfresh candypants sugarblossom.

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4. If you’re truly hot, you…

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Seven Reasons You Should Thank A Feminist Today

The Belle Jar

If there is one thing in this world that makes me want to chew my own face off, it’s women who think that feminism has ruined their lives.

You know the type – women who want to live in some kind of souped up 1950s fantasy world where they get married right out of high school and their husband makes enough to support their family on just his income and they think the moral decline of society has something to do with the fact that women no longer wear crinolines and genteel white gloves and cute little hats. Never mind that, you know, lots and lots of families in the 1950s weren’t able to live off of a single income; trust me when I say that feminism did not invent the working mother. Leaving that little scrap of truth aside, I guess I can see what some women find appealing about this…

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I really am a Cliché

Well I entered my second poetry contest….the first one was entered minus my consent or knowledge by my fifth grade teacher. I won third place.

I did not win third place this time. I didn’t even make the short-listed poems.

So now I guess I am free to publish the poem on my blog. Which is great, because I have had all of these ideas for articles or posts or poems or what-have-you teasing me from my brain lately, and this saves me the trouble of solidifying them.


 You are a cliché.

Overused and trivial.

The low-hanging fruit.


Follow the leader

A legend in your own mind.

Hang on every word.


Take the world by storm

Or keep up with the Joneses?

Happy as a clam?


Too rich for my blood,

The land of milk and honey.

It’s all smoke and mirrors.


Nothing up your sleeve.

Money makes the world go ‘round.

Get with the program.


Pissing in the wind.

The ends justify the means.

Wham, bam, thank-you ma’am.


You’re a Trojan horse.

I wasn’t born yesterday!

Hang me out to dry…


The third time’s a charm

Open up Pandora’s Box.

Baptism by fire


It’s now or never

Life’s a bitch and then you die.

The clock is ticking.


Nice guys finish last?

It’s sink or swim, fight or flight.

Ashes to ashes.

What Happened To Jennifer Lawrence Was Sexual Assault

The Belle Jar

TW for talk of sexual assault, victim blaming, misogyny

You’ve probably heard about the nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence that were leaked online yesterday. The leak also included nude pictures of Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and several other women, but, naturally, it’s Lawrence who’s drawing most of the heat because she’s super-famous right now. She’s also known for being charmingly awkward and honestly if I had to place any bets I would guess that most people were hoping that she would respond to this with some kind of hilariously crass Real Talk about sex and her body and being naked. I keep seeing comments by people who want her to provide the punchline to this joke; what they don’t seem to understand is that this is not a joke, this is a form of sexual assault.

Jennifer Lawrence and the other women involved in this leak were photographed…

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