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Harpy's Review Posts

cultural comment at large and at small from a provocateur, feminist, and historian

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The Second Annual Valentine’s Day Rant

Heart3cropped
2 months ago

Is it my cranky imagination or does Valentine’s Day become more of a big deal every year? All of the second-tier holidays seem to have gotten elevated in the last decade: St. Patrick’s Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day, and so on. This may be due to a sagging consumer economy that runs on holiday ...

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Feminism for the Other 99%

1percent2vtopprf
2 months ago

Like the rest of the country, feminism has undergone one percent-ification.  The most discussed books on women’s lives speak to privileged women while usually assuming, if only by default, to speak about women in the generic.  Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is valuable, for her demographic--well ...

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A Metastatic World

Bottlescropped
4 months ago

I want to think about garbage today. Driving home from the store, I made an informal census of the garbage by the side of the road and in the green spaces in our neighborhood. The vast majority of the garbage and pollution has one cause: our newfound unwillingness or inability to eat and drink in ...

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The Tier-Ing of College, and the Damage Done

Collegescropped
5 months ago

“If you want to go to a top-tier school…;” It’s a “lower-tier school, but good…” In conversations about college, you often hear rankings-focused comments. It’s difficult to remember the time before college tiers. I never heard the term in my college deliberations in the early 1980s.  We did talk ...

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The Unbearable Lure of Love Field

Jfkcropped
5 months ago

I confess that the media around the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination has me engrossed. I’m like Woody Allen’s character in Annie Hall, who realizes that he’s getting obsessed with the Warren Commission report as a ruse to avoid his girlfriend. The Warren Commission, and the Kennedy ...

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What’s Your Gender, or, When Usage Errors Kill

Formcropped
5 months ago

If you filled out a form today, you were probably asked your “gender.” I’m always tempted to answer “mannish,” or “girlie.” This isn’t what the form wants to know. Frequently in public culture, gender gets used as a euphemism for the apparently louche condition of being male or female. Forms want ...

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I’m Sick of Ideology—Even My Own

Tugofwarcropped
5 months ago

Francis Fukuyama famously wrote in a 1992 book that we’d reached “The End of History.” He meant that the major ideological conflict of the 20th century, between Communism and democracy, had been resolved with the unraveling of the Cold War, and that humankind had reached the end of its “ideological ...