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Elizabeth Licorish
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Elizabeth Licorish is a freelance writer and author from Philadelphia. She wrote and co-authored Innovation for Underdogs in 2008. In 2012, she wrote and edited Charles Manson Now. She received her MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University.

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Why the Louisiana Theater Shooting Should Be Called a Hate Crime

(93) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Last week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof had been charged with federal hate crimes for targeting victims "because of their race and in order to interfere with their exercise of their religion.'' Roof faces a 33-count indictment, including nine counts of murder and...

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The Fallout: Olympic Figure Skating's Love Affair With Little Girls

(42) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 6:16 AM

I started figure skating in 1994, at the height of the Tonya and Nancy soap opera that hijacked the Lillehammer Olympics. Back then, I was 8, and elite, Olympic figure skating seemed a remote, adult world. A daydream. Like most little girls who've ever set foot in a...

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Get Fit: Ditch the Fancy Pants

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 9:04 AM

When I was a kid, I got hit with a vicious affliction: the belief that being fit means looking good and spending lots of money. The idea was malignant, a cancer with roots in my childhood career as a competitive figure skater. Figure skating, for those who don't know, is...

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The SWAG Effect: Disordered Eating's Deadliest Myth

(11) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 9:31 AM

I remember the day Brittany Murphy died.

I was at my favorite coffee shop, sipping a non-fat, no-whip latte: my liquid lunch.
My mother called as soon as the terrible news exploded my Facebook feed. "Did you hear about Brittany Murphy? Did you see her latest pictures? She...

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Short-Shaming: Fashion's Dirty Little Secret

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 6:54 PM

There are many reasons I'd rather be a teenage girl today than ten years ago. In the '80s and '90s, we basically turned a blind eye to beauty standards that beat down our self-esteem. We shrugged our shoulders at Calista Flockhart's jutting collarbones, convinced ourselves she was "just built that...

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Lululemon's Cult Culture: Get Fit or Die Trying

(791) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:43 PM

The first time I walked into Lululemon, I was high. I'd just finished a seven-mile city run. Endorphins flooded my brain and my fingertips were tingly with excitement. Inside, it was bright and the walls were purple, fuchsia and gold. I saw bamboo and babbling water fountains. And the employees...

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