Feminism

On Nia Ali and the Olympics

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Lilia is a former college cross-country runner from Tennessee. The following was originally published as a Facebook post on her personal page. The post has been reformatted and edited for publication on this site.

I wish I could watch the Olympics all year, every year, not only because it’s the only time I can see the sports I grew up training for on TV, but because of moments like this one.

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Pop Culture

Is It OK to Hate Taylor Swift? A Reflection, in List Form

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Let me start off by saying I don’t actually know Taylor Swift on a personal level. Granted, by sheer luck (or misfortune, depending on how you look at it), I have found myself within one or two degrees of separation from her by a) living in the Nashville metro area for four years, and b) inadvertently befriending several folks who do know her. Well, knew her I suppose, back when she was more #solo and less #squad. Thus, I’ve heard, maybe more than most, a somewhat absurd number of reasons why I should hate her.

“She’s stuck up.”

“She’s so fake.”

“She hardly writes any of her songs.”

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Feminism

Period Party, Volume Three: Comics by Sarah Andersen

If you ever need a good laugh, look no further than the work of artist Sarah Andersen. In her latest book, Adulthood is a Myth, Andersen tackles the many highs and lows of being a modern woman, including, you guessed it, periods. Andersen also updates her Tapastic page twice a week for those of you who can’t get enough!

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Feminism

Period Party, Volume Two: A Review of Thinx Panties

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Our multi-part feature on periods continues with a review of Thinx panties. You’ve heard the news. You’ve seen the ads. You’ve considered recommendations from your sister/cousin/best friend/neighbor/favorite actress. But are they worth the hype (and the $30+ price tag)? Thinx was kind enough to send over a few pairs for the Dinner Party crew to try out. Below, hear from DP contributor Abi Aragon and editor-in-chief Pamela Guerra about their experiences with these so-called “revolutionary” undies.

What is your flow like?

Abi Aragon: Thankfully, my flow is pretty predictable. I’ve been on Nuvaring for years now (which I would also highly recommend!) and it keeps my flow very regular. I normally have a four-day long period that starts out medium/heavy for the first two days. The next two days are normally pretty light. I will say that my version of “heavy” may be different from other ladies—I don’t usually have problems with clumping or bleeding through things.

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Feminism

Period Party, Volume One: Diva Cup Disaster

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Today, we’re starting a multi-part feature here on Dinner Party to talk about a quintessentially female experience: your period. First up, we have an essay by Marci Weber, which was originally written in 2014 for a live performance and subsequently adapted for publication on this site.

I’m a huge fan of tampons. The commercials are a stretch (do any women actually frolick around in white dresses while on their periods?), but in my opinion, their influence on women’s rights is extremely underrated; I simply wouldn’t play sports or exercise at all without them. However, when the exercise of interest is hiking in the backcountry, tampons have their limitations. Any woman who has gone backpacking on her period could tell you it’s no fun to tote a Ziploc bag of blood-soaked cotton through bear country.

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Feminism

An Open Letter to Anti-Feminists, on What Feminism Means

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Today, I saw a curious article making its rounds on many, MANY of my Facebook friends’ walls called “I Am A Mother Of Two Children And I Cannot (And Will Not) Support Feminism.” I tried to read it with an open mind, but it really bothered me that the article seemed to demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of the basic tenets of feminism. Since it was a Thought Catalog piece, I felt it was appropriate to respond with an open letter to Ms. Tara Kennedy-Kline. We actually have quite a few things in common, so I decided to address her work directly. I have included her original words in italics.

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