Rebecca Swain

Rebecca Swain
Location
Orlando, Florida,
Birthday
December 31

MY RECENT POSTS

MARCH 23, 2011 11:18AM

Missing Women in the Headlines

Perhaps I was asking too much of The New York Times that morning. Perhaps it was truly unreasonable for me to expect at least one woman did something worthy of front-page-placement on their website.

The first picture of a woman I found (after much clicking) was at the end… Read full post »

MARCH 8, 2011 11:39AM

Noses in a Perfume Minefield

Generally speaking, my nose and all of its attendant sensitivities is no one's problem but my own.

Unless, of course, your yoga mat is three feet away from mine. Unless, of course, you are plowing through a challenging ashtanga sequence and you suddenly stop to slather yourself in Bath &… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2011 11:46AM

On Starting and Stopping

Cough, cough, HACK, COUGH. Well just look at all the dust on this place (My last post was 2008? Holy fitz.)

 Right. How often have I started a blog or somesuch other project only to completely get distracted by the shiny thing over there in the corner and leave… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2008 11:20AM

A Cynic's View of Love

Deeply entrenched in a period of writing fiction, I came to point where I simply could not understand the motivation of my two main characters to fall in love.  I had planned for them have a romantic subplot, two people falling in love amidst chaos etcetera, etcetera (which sounds all high-minde… Read full post »

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AUGUST 8, 2008 2:11PM

Boys will be Boys

Some times it just doesn't pay to read the comments on Broadsheet. Or maybe it does.

Take Kate Harding's post on Michael Levine's AlterNet article on "beautiful women = lonely men." Harding was rightfully pissed about Levine's article, which exposes the ugly truth about beauty: It makes it harder fo… Read full post »

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JULY 24, 2008 3:15PM

Taste of the Good Life or Material Mania?

Here is something to think about: James Patteson.

Okay, so I'm thinking more about product placements in James Patteson books. You can swap him out for chick-lit if you like, e.g The Devil Wears Prada or Bergdorf Blondes; or series books for teens such as The Clique will work too, if… Read full post »

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JUNE 27, 2008 2:00PM

RIP: American Newspaper

In the spirit of old-school journalism, I'd like to begin by saying this: In full disclosure, I still freelance for a Tribume Co. property.

Now, with that said, I'd like to state for the records that the American newspaper is dead. Not dead dead, as in where have all/… Read full post »

No woman should ever die because she rebuffed some jerk's catcalling and harassment.

Mildred Beaubrun just turned 19. A few days ago, the teen was shot and seriously injured after a couple of guys tried to pick her up at an Orlando gas station and she rejected their advances.… Read full post »

Apparently the best thing a woman can contribute to society is a sandwich.

I have a bunch of YouTube commentors to thank for this recent enlightenment. Jessica Valenti of Feministing posted a screen shot on Friday of some of the comments she received after posting an anti-online-misogyny video at/… Read full post »

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MAY 29, 2008 11:10AM

The Games Girls Play

Here is a typical trip to the video game store for me:

The hubs and I head to the counter with a couple of games. I’ve already spent an ungodly amount of time researching new games coming down the pipeline, read up on the reviews, checked… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2008 11:07AM

What's on your mixtape?

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The overcast Florida skies have finally gotten to me.

Sunshine State my ... er, bum. It is the traffic state, the hurricane state, the big fat flying cockroaches state, the "let's set stuff on fire" state, but not the Sunshine State.

Least not… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2008 11:06AM

Adventures in RSS

I've done it!  I've found my information threshold!

Thank you RSS aggregators for teaching me the limit of how much information I can process at a given time. I now understand better now why some people just cannot read the news online:  I cannot read my favorite blogs through… Read full post »

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MAY 22, 2008 11:10AM

Oversharing, TMI, Navel-gazing

It seems appropriate that my first post on an open forum blog be about the power of blogging.

This morning, NYTimes online posted a preview of Emily Gould's article for the Sunday mag about her adventures in oversharing via Gawker and personal blogs, as well as the spectacular social/… Read full post »