Pop Culture Category

8 Things I Said While Watching the World Cup

I’ve never been much of a sports fan. What I do love, however, is ardent displays of national pride, attractive men, and the kind of athleticism that makes me want to spend the rest of my life in a gym. So, naturally, I got pretty into the World Cup. It doesn’t hurt that B’s obsession […]

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On Making Adult Friends: A Choose Your Own Adventure Story

You stare at yourself in the bar’s bathroom mirror. You’re feeling just tipsy enough to size up your reflection and confidently think, “I’d do me.” Someone emerges from a stall and parks herself at the sink next to yours, absorbed in the precise process of making sure her high ponytail is bump-free. You steal some […]

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On That Sports Illustrated Cover

To: The Patriarchy Wait. This is supposed to be a ransom note, but I am realizing I have nothing to threaten you with. Except maybe the last dregs of your common decency. You know, if you have any. There are a few problems with this cover. We could talk about the impractical beauty ideals that […]

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On Successful Movie Trailers

There are certain movie trailers that I just cannot stop watching. After extensive research (aka falling down an addictive YouTube hole), I’ve reached a conclusion: Kanye West is the key. His songs are the magic ingredient; with their backing, a trailer is elevated from a simple commercial for an upcoming film to a mesmerizing experience […]

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On Women Complimenting Other Women

Missed Connection: Pretty lady with pixie cut – w4w -24 (Penn Quarter) You had the type of close-cropped cut I’m tempted to get when my curls snap yet another comb, or a hairstylist looks terrified and asks me, “like…what do I…do with it?” You were dressed in a silky floral top and pants that I […]

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Rating The Bachelor Dates: Week 2

So far, this season of The Bachelor has exceeded my expectations. I like the show not for its promise of everlasting love, but for the potential for (or guarantee of, rather) drunken messes and melodramatic meltdowns over people whose talents amount to being really skilled at running on beaches and soulfully gazing into other people’s […]

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On Google’s Shortcomings

I’m a traitor. Ever since I was 11, Yahoo.com has greeted me when I open my web browser. There’s just something about it that feels like my digital home: the constant stream of stories about conjoined twins and crop circles, the instant access to Yahoo Answers where people ask things like “How do you get […]

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On Final Destination Moments

Last weekend, my boyfriend B and I were walking through a pretty DC neighborhood on our way to brunch. As we waited to cross the street, a pickup truck made a sloppy left turn. We watched as a bulky piece of equipment as big as an AC unit flew off the back of it, skidding […]

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On Human Golden Retrievers

Recently I was in a cab, spacing out while watching Jeopardy on Taxi TV. I snapped to attention when I saw “What is Ryan Lochte?” flash across the screen. I had missed the prompt, but figured it was something like, “This athlete not only coined the inexplicable yet somehow invigorating saying ‘Jeah,’ but probably also […]

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The Blackup Dancer, Defined

Blackup Dancer /ˈblakˌəp/ˈdansər/ noun c.2013, from a tongue-tied conversation I had after watching Lily Allen’s “Hard Out Here” video. 1. A woman of color who is so talented at dancing that you didn’t even know bodies could move like that. Her moves are far superior to those of the star of the video. As of […]

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On The Ellipsis

Why should Ellipsis get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smooshed under his big feet? What’s so great about Ellipsis? Hm? Period is just as cute as Ellipsis. Period is just as smart as Ellipsis. People totally like Period just as much as they like Ellipsis. […]

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On Being Best Friends With A “Cool Girl”

My best friend, M, is magnetic. Her charm knows no bounds. I love hanging out with her the night after she goes on a date and the guy is sending her text after text to see her again. When she doesn’t answer because we are too busy with more important things like rewatching Basketball Wives […]

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I Have Decided to Be Magnanimous

Since I cannot be with Drake, it is okay if he dates Rihanna instead. You take what you can get, right?

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Pinterest Is Appalling

My life is basically diametrically opposed to some of the most popular pins. Look, I’ve got proof: Pinterest version: In what universe does someone’s closet look like that? These are all bigger than my entire living room, kitchen, and bathroom combined. My version: Leaving my clothes in an “artful” heap on the floor. Look, this […]

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On Parallel Universes

I told my boyfriend that it is much easier to not ask Drake to marry me because I know that in a parallel universe, Drake and I are actually very happy together. This was not as reassuring as I had hoped.

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An Upworthy Video Worth Watching

This explains that twinge of sadness I felt when I was recently on a press trip in St. Lucia. We were staying at Jade Mountain, a resort that’s regularly at the top of numerous “best of” lists. I luckily scored the best “sanctuary” there, The Galaxy. “We don’t call them rooms,” joke-scoffed the staff member […]

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