Tweet, tweet

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. Tweet, tweet I once tweeted at Twitter asking them for a job at their company. Jezebel had just written a post about the tech company’s “woman” problem (no women on the board), so I naturally […]

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A little pearl of wisdom

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. A little pearl of wisdom Around this time two years ago, I was huddled up on the stairs behind Friedl with tears running down my cheeks, shaking uncontrollably. I remember calling my dad at work […]

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Decoding Feminism for Male Allies

A guy friend sent me his qualms about the feminist movement and this is my response. I think feminists need to make more of an effort to explain feminism without being defensive, so I welcome the opportunity to do so! Dear Danielle, I’m going to apologize in advance and say that this post is a […]

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Sylvia Plath, Please Stop Haunting Me

This post was published on Thought Catalog. You can read it HERE!  You’re not a character. You’re not a narrator. You’re a ghost, Sylvia. And you’re haunting me. I feel the heat of your glare radiating from the grainy portraits of your published journals. I feel your presence wafting in the air from the books […]

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Feminism Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All

This article was originally published on PolicyMic. You can read it HERE. Last spring I submitted an entry to Michele Norris’ Race Card Project, a forum for an “honest” conversation about race in just six words. My six words were “White Feminism. I live with contradiction” and underneath my entry, I explained: “I’m proud to be a feminist, […]

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Write(h)ers: The Feminist Future is Happening Right Now — Online

This article was originally published on PolicyMic. You can read it HERE This spring, Duke University gave undergraduate feminist writer-activists an introductory course in “#femfuture: Online Revolution” through Write(h)ers, a semester long speaker series featuring feminist women in the fields of journalism, media, and broadcast journalism. Over the spring semester, Jill Filipovic, Irin Carmon, Rebecca Traister, Heather Havrilesky, Maria Ebrahimji, and LC Coleman visited Duke to […]

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Love to Hate It: Hollywood

I have a love-hate relationship with pop culture. On the one hand, it’s a guilty release. There’s nothing like a light-hearted romantic comedy or a mindless scroll down the homepage of the Daily Mail. The night of the Academy Awards, like the rest of the world, I hold my breath in anticipation of the sacred […]

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GIRLS Mania

I’m a victim of GIRLS mania. Ever since my study abroad roommate introduced me to GIRLS, I’ve become the biggest Lena Dunham/GIRLS fan. In my eyes, she’s this genius-badass-feminist superhuman who just sort of says and does whatever the hell she wants. She’s awkward and brave and gutsy, but still hilarious and self-deprecating. It’s refreshing […]

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I’m published on Thought Catalog!

Original post date: 9/21/12 Read “What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful” on Thought Catalog… What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful by Danielle Nelson Not many people can say that they rely on SPF 70 to avoid looking like a toasted strawberry. I’m also left-handed, I can ramble on for hours, and I kind […]

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Colombia Part 7 & 8: The End

Original post date: 8/17/12 Part 7 of 8 My Speech from the Duke Engage Colombia, Medellín Mi Hogar Show 2012 Buenos días, mi nombre es Dani. Las tres semanas que pasé en el Picacho con mi cogestora, Maria Silvera, fueron una de las mejores experiencias de mi vida. Debido a la paciencia y la ayuda […]

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