I'm a college junior double majoring in Government and English and minoring in Public Policy. I define myself as an activist passionate about women's issues, human rights, global health, equality issues. I think I'm a reasonably well-read (maybe I flatter myself) human being, and within that identity, I'm interested in gender theory, the greater good and politics.

This is a space where I set my thoughts free in a relatively unpolished format. If you want to read me in a cleaner, more edited format, read me when I write for institutionalized publications; this is the intersection of my personal and political.

TL;DR I'm opinionated and this is where I write about my opinions in an informal format
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Must Every YA Action Heroine Be Petite?

From Divergent's Tris to The Hunger Games' Katniss, the women of young-adult fiction can be strong, independent, and mature—as long as they're also scrawny.

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I’ve been saying this for ever!



Kim on ‘Celebrities Undercover’


Mind —> blown

But actually… can’t we mix it up a little? I vote more neon accents and graphics this spring season

But actually… can’t we mix it up a little? I vote more neon accents and graphics this spring season

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Words to live by.

Words to live by.


Study: You Really Can Predict ‘the Marrying Type’

Sometimes, after meeting a friend’s significant other, someone will observe that the man or woman in question is “the marrying type.” Others around will nod wisely and pensively sip their drinks. (I imagine this sort of thing happens in a dimly lit bar, where the friends have convened to imbibe and pass judgment.) What exactly identifies this person as the marrying type is unclear—maybe it’s a certain sparkle in their eye, or maybe they have helpfully tattooed a dotted outline on their left ring finger where a wedding ring might go.

But science is not satisfied with these clues. Science wants answers. What personal traits make someone the marrying type? A new study published in Social Science Research looks at how attractiveness, personality, and grooming influence the likelihood that someone will get married, or cohabitate in a relationship.

Michael T. French, a sociology professor at the University of Miami, and his team looked at longitudinal data of more than 9,000 adolescents as they became young adults—starting in 1994 when participants were in high school and middle school and ending in 2009 when they were aged 24 to 34. Interviewers were asked to rate the participants’ looks, personality, and grooming on a scale of one to five, five being the most attractive. So this study doesn’t get into the nuances of personality, and how one person’s “sarcastic and abrasive” might be another’s “charming and adorable,” but instead just looks at whether someone’s personality is generally “attractive.”

Read more. [Image: Katsunojiri/Flickr]

This is fascinating. Whoda thunk it? I came into college not considering myself the “marrying type,” but I’ve increasingly come around to the idea… who knows, at this point. Things and people can change a lot in the span of four years.




Just a fraction of the cool stuff I learned when researching women’s history.


Let’s hear it for women’s empowerment, please.

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Asker jolis-yeux Asks:
I am considering Dartmouth College and I wanted to know what their financial aid is like? On their website they state that if your family makes less than 100,000 they are not required to pay tuition but I doubt that is 100% accurate. What is it really like?
lorelei-y lorelei-y Said:

Financial aid at Dartmouth is definitely not like that; I’m not entirely sure how it works on a case-by-case basis, but I will say that my family is somewhere around that $100,000/year margin and we definitely do pay tuition (not full tuition, though). 

I’ve heard some financial aid horror stories from some of my friends over the course of their Dartmouth careers, but have never experienced issues with them myself.

As a general rule, if financial aid may be a deal-breaker for you, you should apply to schools regular decision. That will empower you to weigh different financial aid decisions and negotiate between schools; that was how I did it. Dartmouth originally gave me a less-than-stellar financial aid offer, but wound up matching my Amherst offer — that significantly increased my financial aid at the College.

I hope that helps!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Why did you decide to take up public policy as a minor, and how is it?
lorelei-y lorelei-y Said:

I decided on public policy as a minor because I think that social good needs to involve the government. I was a policy debater in high school and early college, and have always been interested in the things that government can do to improve people’s lives.

It’s a great minor. If I could, I would have majored in it (Dartmouth’s public policy department is a minor only). The department here is fantastic, the professors are invested in their work, and the hands-on research projects are really interesting and applicable.



The State of the Union That Left ‘WASHINGTON AMAZED’

In the early afternoon of April 8, 1913, Woodrow Wilson took a trip down Pennsylvania Avenue. His destination? The U.S. Capitol, where he would deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress. 

It was a brief journey that would be repeated by subsequent presidents every year, with varying proportions of enthusiasm and obligation—and with a few notable exceptions—for the next century. It would be conducted with such regularity that the State of the Union address ranks, at this point, among the most routinized of our political spectacles.

At the time, however, Wilson’s speech was revolutionary. In that it was a speech at all.

Read more. [Image: Library of Congress]

Before 9pm ET tonight, take a few mins to read this short piece about the speech that started the SOTU tradition.

Insight into SOTU’s history.


Pew says to look out for these 10 key issues: economy, health care reform, income inequality, minimum wage, unemployment benefits, college affordability, immigration, NSA surveillance, climate change, and foreign policy.

Time to evaluate tonight’s State of the Union