Pursuing Happiness for All Women

Published at Women in Higher Ed on June 7, 2018. Instead, women, especially mothers, are expected to sacrifice ourselves—our desires, aspirations, bodies and even lives—to keep others happy. There are social and cultural expectations (and rewards) for mothers to appear as martyrs, who serve others and never themselves. Women’s labor goes unnoticed and unpaid because our labor […]

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Necessary Unruliness

Published at Women in Higher Education on August 31, 2017. Unruliness pushes against the narrow vision of acceptable femininity and suggests that there are other ways to be a woman in our world, beyond what our culture tells us we should be. Unruliness can be the path to liberation, to being who you are, to claiming […]

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No Man’s Land

Published at Women in Higher Education on July 5, 2017: I started crying as I watched these fierce Amazons because it was only an ordinary Tuesday and I was already exhausted from being a woman in 2017. The fantasy of the matriarchy was so tempting. I found myself mourning a world that never existed but […]

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Be Visible, Flawed and Present in the World

Published at Women in Higher Education in the September 2016 issue. Havrilesky doles out advice for how to handle fizzled-out romances, bad friends, terrible jobs and smaller traumas of everyday life. But her advice isn’t simplistic, judgmental or what might be expected. She veers toward existential: What does it mean to exist right here, right now? […]

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“New Muslim Cool” as a Teaching Tool

Published at Sacred Matters on September 8, 2016. Talib notes: “You’re Muslim. You’re American. You’re Puerto Rican. You’re from the hood. You’re an artist. You’re a rapper…You sound like America’s worst nightmare.” This is the line that sticks with me after each time I’ve rewatched New Muslim Cool. Hamza appears as a threat because of his ethnicity, […]

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