- Evanston, Illinois, USA
- December 31
- I'm a psychology student at Northwestern University. I write.
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June 26, 2012 12:41PM
- When Religious Minorities
May 22, 2012 05:33PM
- Sunday Link Roundup
May 21, 2012 01:10AM
- What You’re Really Saying
When You Say that Suicide is
May 16, 2012 03:44PM
- Empathy and Leadership: Why
Romney Would be a Terrible
May 14, 2012 02:49AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks for the comments,
that's an interesting
March 13, 2012 01:00PM
- “Thanks to both of you.
February 28, 2012 12:45PM
- “Don't worry, I
definitely didn't do that.
I've been gradually
down the d…”
February 28, 2012 12:43PM
- “That's a great way to
think about it. :)”
February 08, 2012 08:10PM
- “Yeah, I'd definitely
advise against that.
But I'd say that
that's a much
January 15, 2012 10:20PM
Miriam M's Links
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A friend sent me a link to this piece in the Huffington Post titled “Tough Gals: Do They Still Exist?” The piece is a jeremiad against the supposed “girliness” of today’s women and how we’ve all apparently abandoned the precedent set by our tough, bitchy, bra-burni… Read full post »
I wish I could spin you the story everyone wants to hear.
That story has a whole cast of predictable characters, and many trunks’ worth of familiar props. The friends, the neat dorm rooms, the beer, the photo collages, the inside jokes, the cute frat guys, the walks… Read full post »
I’m going to come out of my cave and write about something that pisses me off. (OK, so I could start any blog post this way, but whatever.)
Here’s something that I consider one of the most glaring cultural problems in America today–it’s the idea that just because something is… Read full post »
I feel like there’s a disease in my head. I want to excise the brain parts that it lives in, the parts responsible for loneliness, worthlessness, apathy, cynicism, seriousness, sensitivity, and all the other ways in which I could be described.
I feel like a book lying open on the grass.… Read full post »
You aren't really a daughter of Russian parents unless they make you do ballet.
Mine did, though I started later than most--when I was five years old. I continued until I was fifteen. Over those ten years, I perfected splits, fouettes, and grand jetes, danced in several professional balle… Read full post »
Consider this a love letter to my favorite city.
New York City was the first bit of America that I ever saw, fourteen years ago when my family immigrated from Israel. I can… Read full post »
As a person with a mental condition that often drastically affects interpersonal relationships, I’m a total pro at apologizing. I do it practically every day. Here’s a sample of depression-related things I’ve apologized for lately:
- being too tired to meet up wi … Read full post »
Our culture seems to have three ways of relating to people with mental illnesses–either they’re pathetic losers who need to “snap out of it”, or they’re crazies who need to be locked away (thi… Read full post »
When I receive comments like this either on this blog, on my Tumblr, on Facebook, or in person, I kind of want to shoot myself in the face.
“Yeah well, I’m [insert group name here] and this doesn’t apply to me.”
I will personally give you $20… Read full post »
And no, my reasoning has nothing to do with racism or any other ism!
Belgian lawmakers recently passed a bill that, if approved in their senate, would make it illegal to wear burqas in public. This comes on the heels of France’s
When justifying banning burqas… Read full post »
Since most of the people who read this probably know me in person, I can probably assume that you, my reader, know how I look. Specifically, you may have noticed that I’m curvy.
And when I say curvy, I’m not using… Read full post »
Anyone who’s been at an airport lately probably agrees that those new TSA bodyscans/patdowns suck. One woman, however, apparently reserves some very special wrath for this procedure, because it infuriated her so much that she assaulted a female TSA officer. Not in the usual shoving/punch… Read full post »
I read one of the advice columns in this month’s Cosmo. A woman was writing in and asking if it would be okay to wear a top that reveals her tan lines to work, provided the top was modest and work-appropriate. The response was, no, it wouldn’t. Why? Because… Read full post »
I came across a post by Tea Party Nation blogger Dr. Rich Swier called “Bullying, Peer Pressure and Gulf Coast Gives.” (You need a TPN account to see it, unfortunately.) I won’t describe the way in which the contents of my stomach forcibly exited m/… Read full post »
Before I start talking about party pop, though, I need to clarify what exactly I’m talking about, because apparently some people still don’t get it. Every once in… Read full post »
I apologize for the complete lack of posts lately; I’ve been busy volunteering and exploring New York City, where I am currently located. However, I’ve decided to crawl out of my Russian-food-and-thincrust-pizza-filled cave in order to comment upon this:
No, really, that’s a legitimate question. Why are people older than me–even by just a few years–so eager to put down all of my hopes and dreams?
Let me give a few nonspecific examples of Things Older People Have Said recently to me:
- “You know, guys really don& … Read full post »
I used to be a rabid social conservative. This was due mostly to spending most of my childhood in a suburb in Ohio surrounded by other rabid social conservatives. Consequently, I used to think that abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape because I equated it with murder and… Read full post »
If you’ve ever asked me that question, or wanted to, read this.
And watch out, because I’m about to get very, very real here for a few minutes.
Let me tell you a story.
One night, I was lying on my bed in my dorm room and crying. I don’t… Read full post »
I’m reading a very interesting novel called The Four Fingers of Death. It’s somewhat science-fiction, with a distinctly Vonnegut-esque tone to it–very sarcastic and cynical. The story takes place in the 2020s, and the author, Rick Moody, gives several hints as to the general… Read full post »
You would think that most people have this depression thing figured out by now. Almost everyone knows at least one person who has it. And by depression, I’m referring to major depressive disorder–notÂ feeling sad, not having the blues, not going through a breakup or… Read full post »
When Iâ€™m applying for jobs or scholarships, Iâ€™m often reminded to twist the wording on my resumes, cover letters, and applications (not even to mention interviews) to make myself and my experiences look better than they actually are.
Iâ€™ve never really stopped to think about how this makes me fe… Read full post »
Among the many things that disgust me about American culture, such as the spectacle of parents shoving McNuggets down their kids’ throats and of people desperately trying to get famous by releasing moronic YouTube videos or starring on any one… Read full post »
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s already summer.
The signs are all there–I can wear my favorite clothes again, I keep my windows open, and the humid air envelops me and makes me feel safe, even at night. There are packing boxes everywhere and the dorms are slowly emptying… Read full post »
Discrimination against fat people is a problem. People who are overweight are often judged to be less competent, less intelligent, and more lazy–not to mention less attractive–than people who are of a “normal” weight. They face discrimination in the workplace, and there are so… Read full post »