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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Ode to the Anti-Heroines: Hedy Lamarr

Now, I realize I’m bouncing back and forth in time with these “Ode to the Anti-Heroines” entries, and I realize this may be confusing. So let me remind you that you can always kiss my ass. Now. Where was I? Right—Hedy. Oh, Hedy. What a…

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Ode to the Anti-Heroines: Zenobia

In my second installment of “Ode to the Anti-Heroines,” I will share one of my childhood favorites: Zenobia, the warrior-queen of Palmyra, Syria. Now, I must preface this with a warning: Considering how long ago Zenobia lived and how many conflicting accounts have been given…

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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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Ode to the Anti-Heroines: Julie d’Aubigny

Julie d’Aubigny, “La Maupin,” lived from 1670-1707, in France. So she lived at, like, the same time as The Three Musketeers, except Julie was REAL and WAY more badass than those pussies. She was an expert swords woman, an opera singer, and a cross-dressing bisexual….

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Feminism and Fiction

With much self-restraint, I am not going to comment on the clusterfuck that is the first 12 days of Trump’s presidency. Instead, I am going to share my thoughts on women in fiction—specifically, MY fiction. So I wrote a book. I’ve written a couple, but…

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The Importance of Dissent

Often change has occurred only when free speech is taken to the streets, when thousands and eventually millions of people force their demands upon the government and compel the government to act and to change. That is how women gained the right to vote, labor…

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