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Gracy Olmstead is a Virginia resident and associate editor at The American Conservative. Her writings have appeared in The Washington Times and the Idaho Press-Tribune.


The Beautiful and Frustrating “Ida”

“Ida” is a European art film that has already garnered extensive acclaim—and is positioned to receive yet more. The movie is set in early 1960s Poland, a country still haunted by the specter of war and death. The film’s protagonist, a young novice named Anna, is about to take orders. She grew up in a … Continued

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‘Frozen’ Is About Sisterhood, Not Feminism

Ed note: While our writers are celebrating the holidays with their families, we took this opportunity to revisit some of our favorite pieces from this year. Hope you enjoy, and happy holidays! Originally published May 22, 2014   The Disney blockbuster Frozen has grabbed everyone’s attention. It’s the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. They’re … Continued

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Women Discuss the “Normal Barbie”

The “Normal Barbie,” created by designer Nickolay Lamm, doesn’t just have the physical characteristics of a real woman (shorter, stockier legs, normal torso, etc). She also now has a set of adhesive stickers that girls can use to customize her appearance: there are moles, scars, acne, stretch marks, and bruises. My friend Michelle posted the … Continued

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The Wisdom of Willow Smith?

When Willow and Jaden Smith shared some particularly interesting (to be kind) thoughts with The New York Times Magazine, they received some negative feedback. Some news websites made quizzes, mixing their quotes with statements made by famous gurus, or Friederich Nietzsche. Some of my favorite excerpts from their memorable interview— WILLOW: Breathing is meditation; life is a … Continued

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Wasting Time 101: Coming to an Ivy League School Near You

Do you wish you could surf the Internet mindlessly all day? Lucky for you, there’s a class for that. Kenneth Goldsmith, a poetry professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is going to teach a new class in the coming spring semester—a class completely devoted to wasting time online: Although we’ll all be in the same … Continued

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How to Enjoy Pinterest without Going Insane

Pinterest: we love it, we hate it. It inspires us, maddens us, makes us laugh. It gives us a delusional confidence in our ability to turn mason jars into chandeliers, and rocks into cutely painted owls. Shannon Ralph did an excellent job pointing out the craziness of Pinterest, especially when it comes to parenting, in … Continued

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Sex and the Single Girl: A Review of ‘How to Build a Girl’

So here’s the problem: I really liked Caitlin Moran’s newest book, How to Build a Girl. Her protagonist, Johanna Morrigan, is funny, interesting, smart, and complicated. Her insecurities and embarrassments and dreams are very real. She’s the sort of person a lot of nerdy girls can relate to: a lover of literature who always says … Continued

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We Should Embrace Childish Things

A.O. Scott’s article in The New York Times about the so-called “death of adulthood” has gotten a lot of attention. “Unlike the antiheroes of eras past,” he writes, “modern man-boys simply refused to grow up, and did so proudly.” Mark Tapson built off of this article recently, adding that this death of adulthood also signals … Continued

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Monica Lewinsky’s Comeback

Monica Lewinsky is back—and her return to the public sphere has been greeted with both applause and derision throughout the media and general public, as many suggest that she’s using her past scandal as fuel for fame. We may view her return dubiously, especially in light of Hillary Clinton’s likely upcoming campaign for president. And … Continued

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Lena Dunham Really IS the Voice of Her Generation

Reading Not That Kind of Girl reminded me of slumber parties growing up. After eating way too much ice cream and watching a sappy chick flick, us girls would often sit around, talking late into the night, baring all our secrets to an eager huddle of female listeners. Often the conversations would turn to boys, … Continued

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