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Cat Marnell and the Double-Edged Sword of Concern

I’ve always loved a hot mess. But just the girl ones. Can men be hot messes? I guess so but I find them boring. Probably because it’s so noncontroversial to be a male hot mess. It’s usually either straight-up sad or straight-up awesome. You’re either Corey Feldman or Leonardo DiCaprio. You’re either Late Show with … [Read more…]

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I welcome Sean Spicer’s open contempt for the press

People are freaking out about White House press secretary Sean Spicer accusing the press of intentionally misrepresenting the size of the crowd for Trump’s inauguration. Then Spicer said: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.” This statement is demonstrably false. It’s not … [Read more…]

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Nick Ford does not agree with me.

One of my favorite people, Nick Ford, wrote a charitable and thoughtful response to my latest FEE article about, as he put it, “overthrowing capitalism and abolishing jobs through machine learning and automation.” Nick: “If that sounds weird to you, well that’s Cathy.” He knows me. (And he loves me anyway.) My argument is essentially … [Read more…]

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Kicking people who disagree with me out of my movement is childish and I’m starting to get over it.

Apparently the #WomensMarch disinvited a group of women who call themselves “New Wave Feminists” who wants to use the state to keep women from legally obtaining abortions (because there’s nothing newer than forcing women to carry to term!). Which then reignited the debate over the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” It seems to me that all … [Read more…]

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Is This Eugenics?

The “is this eugenics?” argument reminds me of the “is this racism?” argument. One argument people use to justify not calling things racist goes like this. We should reserve the term “racist” for only the most egregious examples. It should not be hurled in the face of mere prejudice or a casual off-color joke. It … [Read more…]

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Why I want to get married again

When people whether or not I’m happy I always find it difficult to answer the question. Compared to what? In 2011 career advice blogger Penelope Trunk wrote, “The culmination of my four-year obsession with happiness research is that I think people need to choose between an interesting life or happy life.” The post is a … [Read more…]

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I want to draw thin, squiggly, impermanent lines

It’s like, so embarrassing when you realize that you fought someone over something because you were too immature to understand what they were saying. Last night I spent literally 45 minutes (okay, maybe 30) reading Jack Hunter’s brief history of “the liberty movement” and predictions and advice for us in Trump’s America. First, damn is … [Read more…]

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On Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes acceptance speech

I listened to Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes acceptance speech this morning and cringed. I agree with Lindsey Gudritz that Meryl Streep absolutely had her facts straight. “The President-Elect did mock a disabled reporter,” Gudritz wrote. “Ruth Negga is from Ethiopia and Viola Davis was born in a sharecropper’s cabin. Tommy Lee Jones has made it … [Read more…]

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Let’s try this again!

Sorry about the weirdness yesterday with the password-protected post. I had written it, published it, decided it shouldn’t be public, but wanted one person to read it, and forgot about the whole “Mailchimp sends out whatever I publish” thing. So here we are. I alluded to personal changes in my follow-up email. I suppose now … [Read more…]

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