sarah weldon

writer. student. firm believer in the oxford comma.

If You Haven’t Seen Orange is the New Black - What Are You Doing With Your Life?

If you have yet to binge-watch the genius that is Jenji Kohan (creator of Weeds) and Netflix’s love child Orange is the New Black, what are you doing with your life? Well, yeah, sure, work or school has been super crazy and you’re knee-deep in binge-watching House of Cards. No. Stop. I’m sure House of Cards is super worthy of your time and makes you feel smart and knowledgeable about all things political or whatever, but guess what? Orange is the New Black has politics too. And laughs. And sex. And drama. And powerhouse dialogue. And is easily the best show currently on air for women.

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What It’s Like to Be a Female Journalist

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Earlier this spring it was announced that Jill Abramson had been fired from her post as executive editor of The New York Times, a position she had held since 2011. This sudden and unexpected firing, rightfully, did not occur without any controversy. Nearly every rumor in the tornado that followed her firing contains roots of misogyny.

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The Importance of Young Adult Fiction and Why We Are Obsessed

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It took a lot of convincing, about a year, until I got my dad to finally read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Ever since I was old enough to read a full-length novel on my own, my dad and I have suggested - well, more so pushed - whichever book we were currently obsessed with to the other. Normally, we make the suggestion, “loan” the book, and know the other would never actually read it. This time however, I didn’t take this routine in stride.

Immediately after he finished it, I got a text:

"Wow. Wow, wow, wow. Thank you for making me read that."

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We Need to Talk About Female Genital Mutliation

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"Three other women were holding down my arms and legs, and another was sitting right on my chest, covering my mouth. They try to put pressure on you, so you don’t cry for the next girl to hear. I can still feel the weight of her today. I can still visualize all their faces as I talk about this. I can see what each one of them looks like and the emotions that they had - so empty, like they didn’t see me as a human being."

The above quote is excerpted from an amazing Cosmpolitan.com article, 3 Survivors Reveal the Brutal Reality of Female Genital Mutilation. The article does exactly what the title suggests; three women, from the ages of 21 to 33, share their personal accounts of enduring female genital mutilation (FGM).

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Why There is No Such Thing As Being a Bad Feminist

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Recently, I heard one of my classmates call another, a "bad feminist," behind her back in a rather scathing tone.

This, keep in mind, was being uttered at a college where feminism is more commonplace than a rogue hickey. So naturally I wondered, Why???

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Beyoncé, Adichie, and the Third Wave of Feminism

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“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful.” These words, spoken by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, were recently sampled on the track ***Flawless from Beyoncé’s latest, self-titled, album.

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I Need Feminism Because…

“Feminism,” says Stella Jiler, a high school freshman at Saint Ann’s School in New York City, “is much more relevant to everyday life than a lot of people realize.”

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The Benefits of a Spontaneous Vacation from Reality

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Snow. Everywhere was snow. Snow in my socks, snow on the windowsill, snow on the ground and snow piled up on either side of me as I walked through campus. And not just snow, but frigid winds and dismal clouds as well. Oh, and black ice. I’m currently in talks with the International Olympic Committee to make “ice flailing” part of the 2018 Winter Games.

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To Everyone Wanting to Find Their Own Mr. Darcy

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It is a truth universally acknowledged (see what I did there?) that all readers of Pride and Prejudice, male and female, have at least been a little attracted to Mr. Darcy during the duration of the novel.

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B.J. Novak Wrote a Book and It’s Everything and More

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Good literature and dry, witty comedy. These are the two things that I appreciate most in life (with the exception of my family, my friends, my health, etc., etc., etc.). So, when I first heard that B.J. Novak (actor, writer and executive producer from NBC’s The Office, a.k.a. my favorite television show) was writing a book I did a little squee of excitement and patiently waited for it to be released.

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