Revise, rewrite

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. Revise, rewrite I was sitting outside of a cafe in Los Angeles when I saw him out of the corner of my eye. Every step seemed so labored, and the wheels of his walker scuffed […]

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Dove Has A Beauty Problem

This post was originally published at Ms. Magazine. In April, I posted Dove’s Real Beauty campaign video on my Facebook with the caption, “You’re more beautiful than you think.” At first glance, this video seemed comforting, almost therapeutic as an antidote against our airbrushed versions of beauty typified by Hollywood and glossy magazine covers. Instead of telling women […]

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I Think That I Think Too Much

This post was published on Thought Catalog! You can read it HERE. I think that I think too much. No, I know that I think far too much. Because it’s almost 4am and my heart is pounding and I’m twirling my hair around my finger to ward off the eager nerves and my eyes are […]

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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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Mirror, Mirror…Whoops

My uncle asked me once why I spent so much time in front of a mirror, concerned with how I looked if I’m a quote-un-quote feminist. Apparently, wanting to feel beautiful and empowered as a woman makes me a contradiction. Apparently. And being a feminine feminist that stands in front of the mirror, insecure and […]

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Duke Write(H)er Series: First Workshop With LC Coleman of Colored Girls Confidential

DUKE WRITE(H)ER SERIES Introduction to the Duke Write(H)er Workshop Series: For the Spring of 2013, I was accepted to be a part of the Duke Write(H)er series consisting of writing workshops with well known and gifted women writers and journalists. These retreat/workshop/dinner events, hosted by the Duke Women’s Center, feature influential feminist journalists such as […]

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2013: The Year of the Quantum Leap

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.” –ee cummings On my most recent trip to Miraval, a spa and wellness resort nestled in the Arizona mountains, I completed one of the challenge activities called Quantum Leap. Although my precocious little brother thinks that it might […]

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Tall, Dark, and Handsome

Original post date: 7/14/12 Confession: I have a mental checklist for my perfect guy. Tall, dark, and handsome… smart, a little nerdy, worldly, and artsy (piano skills for serenading me with Ben Folds- even better) Confession: I’m completely fine being single until I meet the right person. Or am I? Confession: Feminism is a source […]

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Mi Linda

Original post date: 6/27/12 Mi linda. Just seconds before, my robe was pulled fast and tight around my body, knuckles turning white, body tense and erect. Now his surgical marker is drawing circles and straight edged lines from my neck down my torso. And I can no longer feel. I’m not happy. I’m not sad. […]

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