I have a truly abysmal relationship with my stepmother, who has made it very clear that my brother and I are not—and never have been (she married my dad when we were 7 and 11)—part of "her" family. It warms my fucking heart to see people approaching blending families and step-parenthood with this level of love,… » 2/26/15 4:23pm Yesterday 4:23pm

I was once at Amsterdam Falafel, coincidentally during a CPAC lunchbreak or something. There I am—21 year old college kid—in line with a bunch of white dudes in suits and flag lapel pins. I didn't know it was CPAC, so when the dude behind the counter asks me if I'm in town for the conference, I say what conference, he… » 2/26/15 1:21pm Yesterday 1:21pm

Anyone who thinks that the idea of American Exceptionalism doesn't shine through in AP US History has clearly not taken the class. Yes, the curriculum also covers less-savory aspects of our country's history (which—to you bozos on Fox—is integral for explaining our present), but I know that I at least ended the class… » 2/19/15 7:10pm 2/19/15 7:10pm

Born in 1988 and I always thought her story was true (or at least more true than not). I think especially since Stockholm Syndrome has always been a "real" thing as long as I've been aware of psychology, and with some high profile cases during my youth (Elizabeth Smart, Shawn Hornbeck—different situations, of course,… » 2/18/15 12:06am 2/18/15 12:06am

L&O: SVU has been batshit for a while now. I mean, it was never like super realistic, but all of their episodes the last two seasons have been weird "ripped from the headlines" ones where they awkwardly try to mash together two or three major national news stories. For example: they had Paula Deen kill Trayvon Martin,… » 2/12/15 11:31am 2/12/15 11:31am

Oh my god. I came here to say duck fetus, too. I studied abroad in Cambodia, and my Cambodian friends handed me an egg all NDB, so I was like sure! I like boiled eggs. I am not sure I ever quite recovered from discovering a half developed duck fetus inside. And of course, I felt obligated to eat it all. I've eaten a… » 2/07/15 11:51am 2/07/15 11:51am

I support putting Eleanor Holmes Norton's face on basically everything, so I am A-OK with this plan. I have similar feelings to yours—not loving the mural but also being really conscious of my position as a middle class white lady in this conversation. Honestly, I'm kind of surprised the mural hasn't already been… » 1/26/15 10:51am 1/26/15 10:51am

I'm pretty sure that the elements of the ACA that make it, well, the ACA (staying on parent's insurance until 26, no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, subsidies for middle-class, expansion of medicaid (where done), etc.) are popular when they are asked out individually, but when you bundle it all together and… » 1/21/15 10:44am 1/21/15 10:44am

Wait, wait, wait! I thought we all agreed we didn't care about their stupid boners? Was there a meeting of Feminism that I missed? Were any other votes taken? We still get to be killjoys to frat boys everywhere, right?? » 1/08/15 2:30pm 1/08/15 2:30pm

Look, I'm not always a fan of some of the new-agey nonsense you hear from some doulas, but a trained midwife is actually quite useful, and would likely have been very capable of handling the situation had a doctor not been on hand. Though doulas sometimes have a rep for being too weird/crazy/nature-focused/whatever, I… » 12/09/14 11:44pm 12/09/14 11:44pm