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Gina Barreca

Hey, TIME Magazine, Feminists Are Here to Stay

Gina Barreca | Posted 11.14.2014 | Women
Gina Barreca

When I was coming of age back in the '70s, Andrea Dworkin described herself as a feminist, but "not the fun kind," and I understood that I was going to represent the other side of that spectrum: I was going to be a feminist, but the really fun kind.

In Defense of Halloween

Gina Barreca | Posted 10.28.2014 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

Why does Halloween remain the occasion upon which we Americans actually have most fun as a group?

Hello, Haters!

Roz Warren | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Good writers welcome constructive criticism from readers. Give online readers a comments section and they'll often give you useful feedback, sharing i...

Are You An Ambitious Woman?

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.21.2014 | Women
Gina Barreca

Women rarely admit our ambitions out loud not only because we fear failure -- a fear we share with our male counterparts -- but because wanting to succeed might make us seem less feminine. That's the tricky part.

Worshipping At The Erma Bombeck Altar

Gina Barreca | Posted 06.18.2014 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

When Bombeck quipped "I don't think women outlive men... It only seems longer," she challenged the system that would have us believe women live easy lives.

Why I Love (and Teach) Author Fay Weldon

Gina Barreca | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
Gina Barreca

What gives a writer a reputation as "teachable" but not "great"? In Weldon's case, is it because her writing is forever associated with her successful television work that we're suspicious of her?

6 Insider Secrets to Getting Published

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Laura Rossi Totten

Books are the new blogs. If you want to write a book and get it published, you are not alone.

TEDx Talk: The Future of Women's Comedy

Gina Barreca | Posted 11.30.2013 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

The future of women's comedy will be greater than 140 characters. Women's comedy takes a long time. We don't like things short and sweet. We like things long and layered, complex and complicated.

The Rules Girls Are Back -- and More Annoying Than Ever

Gina Barreca | Posted 09.25.2013 | Style
Gina Barreca

Let's cast our gaze outward rather than inward. Let's look at the what the world expects of us and let's see what expectations need to change to accommodate our lives and ambitions -- let's not waste more time figuring out how better to contort ourselves.

The Loss of a Father

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Gina Barreca

What I carry from him, like coins in my pocket against the poverty of his loss, is an understanding that all any of us has is whatever is left of the day. And I make the most of it, hay while the sun shines, and I raise a toast to life.

What If You Don't Have a Mom (or Children) on Mother's Day?

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Gina Barreca

I loved my mother and thought I, too, would be a mother. But instead, I am closed off, with no woman in the past to look back to and no daughter in the future to look towards.

Will Princeton Replace Match.com and eHarmony?

Gina Barreca | Posted 06.05.2013 | College
Gina Barreca

It's not a dating jungle out there, Mrs. Susan Patton. It's a university.

How I Started Writing About Humor

Gina Barreca | Posted 10.06.2012 | Books
Gina Barreca

As I started writing about humor and women I was also learning to be more confident about being a funny woman.

Hot Summer Reading: Good Dirty Books VS. Bad Dirty Books

Gina Barreca | Posted 09.13.2012 | Books
Gina Barreca

My best bet is that Anais Nin would have flung 50 Shades of Grey across the floor and said "Who are you kidding, honey? If you're going to read filth, read well-written, smart, sexy and good filth."

Nora Ephron Told Our Stories

Gina Barreca | Posted 08.28.2012 | Books
Gina Barreca

Her heroines were witty and perceptive even while being vulnerable and appealing; they were independent and capable, yet filled with that weird fear of overdoing everything or doing everything wrong that engulfs the most stunningly competent woman.

Moms' Club: The New Happy Hour?

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Why is it that as soon as we become mothers, we are expected to leave our cosmos at the bar and settle for reruns of Sex and the City?

Gatsby, Winter Carnival, and Me

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, narrator Nick Carraway remarks, "You can't repeat the past." To which Jay Gatsby replied, "You can't repeat the past? Why of course, you can."