Ode to the Anti-Heroines

I’ve decided to start a new series of blog posts that honor “anti-heroines“—women who’ve gone down in history not just for being amazing in their own right, but for throwing decorum out the window and just not giving a fuck what people thought of them. There…

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Random Thoughts Warning: Rambling incoherence ahead.

I’m not doing very well emotionally at the moment, so bear with me while I spew verbal diarrhea all over the Interwebz that I can’t ever take back and will haunt me till I die. (Told you I wasn’t doing well emotionally.) 1. I’ve come…

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Ode to the Anti-Heroines: Anne Bonny and Mary Read

Anyone who knows me knew this was coming. I mean, how could I not feature these two crazy-ass bitches? Seriously? These two put the “anti” in “anti-heroine.” I’ve done quite a bit of research on Golden Age pirates. I even have an 1826 edition of A…

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Alice Diamond and The Forty Elephants

Sometimes there’s no question about it—fact is more unbelievable than fiction. And the story of Alice Elizabeth Black, aka “Alice Diamond,” and her gang Forty Elephants is one of those facts. My research began when I came across this picture:   This is not, in fact, a…

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Ode to the Anti-Heroines: Nakano Takeko

  Nakano Takeko was a female samurai warrior (Onna-bugeisha) of the Aizu domain in Japan. She lived during the Tokugawa shogunate of the 1800s, the last feudal Japanese military government. She was the daughter of an Aizu official (the Aizu were at the top of samurai society), well-educated, and…

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How Feminism Benefits Men

As I was browsing the Amazon Bestseller list under the “Gender Studies” category, I could help but notice that the books that made the list were a battle of extremes: The Art of Manliness by Brett McKay is #1, We Should All Be Feminists by…

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Crazy Shit Sold on Amazon

I’m not entirely sure how I fell down this particular rabbit hole, but I can tell you that once I was down there, I couldn’t stop burrowing. Or drowning. Or whatever. I absolutely HAD to share, for obvious reasons. You’ll thank me later. 1. Racist…

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Ode to the Anti-Heroines: Edith Garrud

I honestly can’t think of a worse time to be truly kickass anti-heroine than in the Edwardian Era—except maybe the Victorian Era. Oh, and during Ancient Rome, because the Romans hated women with a bloody passion. And probably the Middle Ages, too, because obviously. Fuck it—there was…

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Toxic Masculinity, and Other Shit That Bugs Me Regularly

As an Arab-American woman, I can confess to having been raised in a toxically masculine culture. I’m not sure anyone is surprised by this. Considering our current choice of president, it can’t be surprising that cultures other than ours also have issues with toxic masculinity. In…

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Ode to the Anti-Heroines: Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft (shit, that last name is fucking mouthful) lived from 1759 to 1797, when she died of “childbed fever” at the age of 38. She had just given birth to one of my favorite writers, Mary Shelley.   Talk about giving Society the middle…

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Ode to the Anti-Heroines: Lilith

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always associated the name “Lilith” with BAD / demons / witchcraft. Upon further research, I discovered that the mythology of Lilith is actually proof of men’s fear of women’s sexuality throughout history. Hence. Lilith, despite being mythology, is a…

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