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Coming Out of the Romance Novel Closet! Author Interview with Emily Henry

Mariquita talks with Emily Henry about her latest book, Book Lovers, a title just perfect for rom-com cynics and true believers alike. They also discuss the tightrope women are expected to walk in society and why the “cold, bitchy woman” stereotype deserves another look. Books mentioned:  Book Lovers by Emily Henry Beach Read by Emily …

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Feminist Fairytale Retellings

Fairytales were originally passed down in oral form in European cultures long before written language. Years down the line, they were frequently shared with child audiences to provide moral lessons and to simply scare children into good behavior, really. Even though they’ve been diluted for younger audiences, the harsh situations and anti-feminist themes remain. (Think …

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5 Reasons PEN15 Is Everything I Didn’t Know I Needed

I’ve finally binge-watched PEN15 and, oh my gosh, was I not emotionally prepared for the open-armed hug of my own preteen self. Maya Erskine’s and Anna Konkle’s glorious deep dive into girlhood and puberty—which is nominated for a prestigious Peabody Award—ran for two seasons on Hulu and is aptly categorized as “cringe comedy.” In the …

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How Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation Co-opts the Language of Anti-Violence Advocates

Just last month, I hopped onto a meeting of the Sex Education Alliance (SEA) to talk about the most recent onslaught of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation sweeping across the U.S. The Alliance is a membership organization for sex educators who are focused on family and child education and we spend a lot of time supporting each other …

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