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Anna Szymanski
Anna Szymanski is a young writer living in Brooklyn who enjoys exploring the nexus of gender and pop culture. After receiving her BA and MA in English from New York University, Anna started the website, where she discusses film, books, television, and media — basically anything that passes the Bechdel Test. Her pretend best friends are Hélène Cixous, Judith Butler, Virginia Woolf, and Beyoncé. Lena Dunham is her pretend cousin.

You can visit Anna’s website at or follow her on Twitter at @Three_Guineas.

Entries by Anna Szymanski

The Best Part of Turning 30

(8) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 8:50 AM

When I was in my late twenties, a 30-year-old acquaintance told me she was pregnant. In most populations, this would be considered a fairly normal occurrence, and the proper response would include one part squealing and two parts envy. But my immediate response was not to ask the due date...

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Leave Lena Dunham Alone!

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Wasn't it only last week that Lena Dunham was the Internet's favorite body-positive darling? When she calmly responded to a television critic who objected to the presence of her insufficiently titillating body, she was lauded in a hundred feminist think pieces championing her rejection of television's no-thigh policy....

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Why I'm a Picky Single Woman in Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 3:52 PM

Should we believe the recent New York Post assertion that Brooklyn women are the nation's pickiest? I'm suspicious if only because this claim manages to cram three of the trendiest of all trend topics -- single women, online dating and, of course, Brooklyn -- into a 250-word article....

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Who Says Alice Munro Isn't Political?

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 7:21 PM

On the day Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, Slate culture writer Stephen Metcalf tweeted, "On Slate, Elizabeth Gilbert defends EPL by intimating sexism within the lit establishment. Minutes later, Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize." Although I normally nod along with anything Metcalf says,...

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We're All Dating 'Sleepless in Austin'

(378) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 8:37 AM

Nothing sets the feminist Internet abuzz quite like sexism presented in a bulleted list. Whether it be the Craigslist "worthy gentleman" with his fondness for misplaced quotation marks, the New Jersey surgeon who went to five -- count them, five -- universities, or the newest entry,...

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The Year I Stopped Reading Men

(227) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 2:50 PM

It happened while I was reading a perfectly normal novel by a perfectly normal author: Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, to be specific. Although I had read The Corrections during the Oprah kerfuffle and responded with an equivocal "meh," I finished this novel in a fit of gender rage. Have...

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Dear GQ, Leave One Direction Fans Alone!

(17) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 11:58 AM

Imagine the most offensive phrase a 30-something journalist could use to describe a tween girl. Whatever you're thinking couldn't possibly be worse than "knicker-wetting banshee" because a term worse than "knicker-wetting banshee" doesn't exist. But this is what GQ thinks of One Direction fans -- who, we should...

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Taylor Swift

(62) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 3:12 PM

In the not-so-distant past, I mocked Taylor Swift way more than any adult should ever mock a teenage girl they have never met. In my defense, she was an aw-shucks princess who equated a woman with her hymen and slut shamed a brunette...

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