Browsing Archives of Author »Hayley Krischer«

Life Without Birth Control (And A Post-Mirena Update)

April 28, 2014


I last left you all with my panic about a Mirena Crash. I was worried about a hormonal explosion. A fiery inferno of emotions. A disaster of cramps and hair falling out. Of Godzilla literally erupting from my mouth and eating my husband alive. It didn’t happen. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen. But because [...]

Female Pals Cartoon Network Should Make A Series About

April 18, 2014


Cartoon Network has never pretended to be a channel for girls. With it’s boy-heavy programming since it’s inception in 1993, it catered to the testosterone-heavy superhero world of boys–The Clone Wars, Ben Ten, The Transformers–with advertisers pushing Nerf guns and other Styrofoam battle axes. In it’s 20-year run, there has been exactly one show about [...]

Once, I Was A Leggings Activist

April 7, 2014


In 1989, leggings were everything. We wore them under giant college sweatshirts. We wore them under jean skirts. Leggings weren’t problematic in the way they’ve become for middle-school girls in Evanston, Ill.. who have been told by their school that leggings are against the dress code.  According to Slate: “Sophie Hasty, 13, told the Evanston [...]

If You Build It, She Will Come (The Feminist Version)

April 3, 2014


A feminist can dream. You can buy this dreamy t-shirt and other great t-shirts at Feminist Apparel.

Heathers The Musical From The Perspective Of A Woman Who Has Never Seen Heathers

March 20, 2014


My mom and I wanted to go into the city and see a play. It was last minute and my mom had this tanning appointment, but Wednesday worked for her. The description read: “Nice high school girl plots revenge against her popular best friends.” I remember when I was in high school which wasn’t too [...]

What’s Wrong With Being Bossy?

March 12, 2014


Maybe it’s because Lean In didn’t quite work (you know, the whole career, family, I’m-having-a-nervous-breakdown thing), Sheryl Sandberg, the queen of bossy pants is now trying to take the word bossy off the girl vernacular. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal this weekend, Sandberg suggests that the word bossy is a girl-only word, [...]

The Icky Truth Of Talking To Your Kids About Online Porn

February 24, 2014


Guest Post by Maggie May Ethridge I asked her, sure of the answer: “Have you seen porn online?” One of the hardest things for me to admit in life is a failure of imagination–being a writer, it’s a point of pride. But here, in the bright-eyed, pony-tailed, American Girl doll-loving face of my 11-year-old daughter [...]

A Woody Allen 12-Step

February 6, 2014


**Trigger warnings about sexual abuse.** 1. Your first Woody Allen movie was probably Zelig. You were fascinated by the charm of the grainy 1920′s footage shown in the film. You were obsessed with old movies like Citizen Kane–particularly movies about men who claim to be someone they’re not. You were amused by Zelig’s chameleon-like ability [...]

A Gwyneth Paltrow 12-Step

January 31, 2014


1. When people ask the question, “Why does everyone hate Gwyneth Paltrow?” explain that for you, it started after you read a Vogue cover story on her perfect life with Brad Pitt and their dogs. It was then that you realized she embodied Emma as in Jane Austen’s Emma and then made it worse by [...]

The Peculiar Curse of Mentally Ill Motherhood

January 24, 2014


This week I asked the question: Why do we need to dispel the myth of the good mother? Today, we have an excerpt from the book The Good Mother Myth that touches on the subject of motherhood and mental illness.  By Shannon Drury Am I a bad mother? I ask myself. I ask my therapist, [...]