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Entries by Samantha Shokin from 03/2014

The Cult of Achievement: Why I Wouldn't Do High School Over Again

| Posted 03.14.2014 | New York

"Wow, you must be smart." Every Stuyvesant High School alum has had to deflect this cheeky accusation at least once. Likely more, but at least once d...

Venus in Polaroids: How the Women in Our Lives Shape Our Standards of Beauty

| Posted 03.14.2014 | Women

I learned early on that sexiness is next to godliness. Eastern European women have turned preening into something of an Olympic sport, though the women in my family are, by and large, low-maintenance. Still, the emphasis on beauty was profound.

How HBO's Girls Glamorized Unemployment

| Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment

How would Hannah fare in the real world, where landing a paid editorial gig with virtually no desk experience is the stuff of lore?