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Samantha Shokin
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Samantha Shokin is an essayist living in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in VICE, Tablet Magazine, The Village Voice, and The Forward, among others. She speaks Russian and sings in a band.


Entries by Samantha Shokin

'You Should Be Flattered': Body Image and Street Harassment in the Internet Age

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:15 AM

There was a time not terribly long ago when I believed that getting catcalled on the street was a most sincere form of flattery.

This depressing notion made sense to me with my teenage logic. If strangers think I'm pretty, I thought, then I should probably believe them.


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How HBO's Girls Glamorized Unemployment

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 10:37 AM


Didn't Lena Dunham's Hannah proclaim to be the "voice of a generation"? Watching Season 3 of Girls always leaves me wondering: Which generation was she referring to?

I love Girls, but I've given up on attempting -- even for just a minute -- to think of it...

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 5:50 PM

I'm 13, maybe 12, sitting on my parents' bed surrounded by a bevy of photo albums. The pictures and the lives they depict are in varying states of fray. A young woman appears throughout the catalogs; a bombshell of a girl captured at fleeting moments. She has dark hair and...

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 1:00 PM

"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 during the casual exchange of almae matres that is customary between peers.

It comes to be expected. Attending Stuyvesant has notable stigma attached to...

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