Selfies and Sexism

If you peruse my Instagram, you’ll find an assortment of images. Food, cats, random things I see in travels. And pictures of myself, mostly taken by myself. (I am a greedy and jealous person who rarely forks my phone over to people.) People have been taking pictures of themselves, in one form or another, for […]

Exploiting Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome: The feeling that you’re no really qualified for something, that you are pretending, that you will, at any moment, be caught out by someone who actually knows what she is doing. The constant nagging fear of humiliation as people realise that you were faking it all along, and that you’re really just a […]

On Networking

Want to succeed in your career? Network: It’s what everyone tells you to do. Establish connections everywhere you go, make yourself memorable, and treat every interaction as a possible business contact. Work hard to develop and maintain your contacts, take advantage of contacts when they’re offered, and pass them along when it’s feasible to do […]

Women in Criticism, and Sexism

Criticism, contrary to what many people seem to believe, is an art. It’s not something that people do because they fail at doing something (in fact, some of the most famous critics are also experts in the body of work being discussed as active participants in it — well-regarded authors, for example, routinely review books). […]

Pickup Artists Terrify Me

At the start of the summer, we were served with a grim reminder of the consequences of misogyny and male entitlement when Elliot Rodger went on a rampage in Santa Barbara, stabbing and shooting victims in the wake of a series of sexist, misogynistic, threatening, terrifying tirades. The media jumped to blame all sorts of […]

Vanity and the Selfie Wars

2013 seemed to mark the year of the selfie wars. Everyone had something to say about selfies, images people take of themselves and post to social media or share with friends, and many of those things were deeply uncomplimentary. Those things were also highly gendered, as was much of the meta-analysis of the selfie phenomenon, […]