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Thirteen and the Ladies

Spoilers: This post talks a whole lot about "The Woman Who Fell to Earth," the series 11 premiere of "Doctor Who." So, if you haven't watched it yet, get to it. The new Doctor and her upcoming season has had me thinking about the importance of female representation in the media, particularly for geek/nerd culture,… Continue reading Thirteen and the Ladies

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Oral Health is Health

Oral Health is Health Because of some terrifying childhood experiences, I’ve since been afraid of the dentist. Add my generalized anxiety on top of that and every cleaning becomes An Event. When my hygienist begins The Scraping of the Teeth, my entire body tenses. In all seriousness, I have to consciously untense every single muscle… Continue reading Oral Health is Health

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Because I Said So

The words will never leave my ears: “Because I said so.” If I didn’t want to do something and asked why I had to do it, that was my mom’s answer. I thought that as a person who doesn’t want kids that I would be exempt from ever uttering this phrase. However, my recent exploits… Continue reading Because I Said So

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When Women Aren’t People

Chloe Dykstra’s essay was a shock to me, and then it wasn’t. I didn’t want the manipulative and abusive behavior to come from the person about whom we all knew she was writing. On the heels of one of Arouse’s very own pieces regarding abuse in Hollywood, I didn’t want Chris Hardwick to be one… Continue reading When Women Aren’t People

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Depression and Anxiety DGAF

CN: Suicide, depression, anxiety National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Chat online or call 1-800-273-8255 This piece started out as my personal experience with discovering the kate spade brand, which would slowly transition into the tragedy of Kate Spade’s suicide. She touched so many lives with her designs and created a brand that, even though she hasn’t… Continue reading Depression and Anxiety DGAF