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Smart Girls Have More Fun

Some of you must think that I’ve spiraled into a deep depression that has changed and muted me. While this is true on some days, I assure you that I’m quite content and not suicidal most of the time. Yes, I’ve had an extremely hard few months (tough breakup! SAD). Yes, there are equally hard times ahead (moving out! STRESSFUL). However I’ve managed to stay grounded thanks to a perfect mix of friends, television, alcohol and of course, internet usage.

I’ve come to tell you all about a website that is restoring my faith in humanity. It’s had such a positive impact on me that I’m actually reconsidering my whole children-are-gross thing. In fact, I think I may now want a child – on condition that he or she try as hard as possible to be as cool as the girls featured on this site. Smart Girls at the Party is run by Amy Poehler (of SNL and assorted crappy movie fame – sorry, girl) and her two BFFs. Or at least one BFF, I’m not quite sure how the third girl fits in. Together they interview young girls about their beliefs, hobbies and aspirations. The kids are all so amazing. Ruby is a seven year-old feminist, Rachel is a 12 year-old robot builder (!) and Care Bears on Fire is a three-girl rock band that refuses to wear bikinis and be back-up dancers. Why wasn’t I this cool growing up? Why aren’t I this cool now?

Anyway, enjoy the website. I already plan on showing it to my little cousin. It’s more important than ever for kids (especially girls) to have positive role models in their lives – and it’s even better if these role models can subtly call bullshit on society’s double standards. I think Amy and her girls are doing that quite well.

-Melissa

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Ultimate Facepalm

(Oops, I thought I’d posted this already but I apparently saved it as a draft instead. So this may be a little late, but I’m late on just about everything when it comes to the Internet; you know that.)

The National Post should be fucking embarrassed. Last week, its editorial board published a piece called “Women’s Studies Is Still With Us.” In it, the board questions the scholarly program, implying that its students are essentially brainwashed into thinking that all women are victims (and all men are victimizers) and that heterosexual sex is inherently oppressive.

Strangely, it goes on to state that graduates of the program have  pushed for Рwait for it РUNIVERSAL DAYCARE (oh God, no!), for example.

As a feminist who’s taken many women’s studies courses, I call bullshit on this entire piece. God, the people who wrote this have no idea what they’re talking about. They could really benefit from sitting in on a class or two.

Thankfully, pretty much everyone who commented on the article regards it as a sexist piece of shit. Most of the comments are definitely worth a read (some of them are LOL-worthy), so you should have a look.

-Melissa

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