Book Review: My Sister the Serial Killer

Note to my real sister: Marissa, you had better not become a serial killer. That shit would stress me out. Set in Nigeria, My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite tells the story of two sisters. One is a dutiful and intelligent nurse who works with a dreamy doctor. The other is gorgeous, charming, careless, and a … Continue reading

Thinspo: It Happened to Me (Via xoJane)

I was on Pinterest looking at health and wellness things. I stumbled over this image (right), nestled between hundreds of pictures of flat tummies and avocados and almonds. Thinspo is the new(ish) euphemism used by pro-ana sites for pictures of (often painfully) thin bodies to motivate or fat bodies to shame. I didn’t know what … Continue reading

Bare Escentuals Force of (Real?) Beauty

Recently I had one of those “what  the what am I doing to myself?” moments in my “beauty” regimen. It starts with the sad fact that I hate my skin. It is a problem well-known enough that my little sister picks on me about it. There is nothing quite as embarrassing as being bullied by … Continue reading

Unacceptable, Maxim

For the record, things like this are why I’m concerned: And, no, I don’t think most little girls are picking up Maxim. But teen girls might. And teen boys probably do. And these types of images and ideologies might be intended as a joke, but when it comes to how my culture treats and depicts … Continue reading