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On June Cleaver & Surviving Domestic Depression

I’m no marriage expert, but I can offer this one observation: if your spouse instructs you to “act more like June Cleaver,” your relationship is probably doomed.

At least, that was my experience.

Eight years ago, and looking more like a frightened schoolgirl than a midcentury housewife, I watched as my husband slipped through a pair of sliding glass doors and into a poorly lit parking lot.

I never saw him again.

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Wearing Cultures: A Four Step Guide to Avoiding (In)appropriation

You shouldn’t wear that.

Whether it’s a magazine article admonishing women over thirty to remove crop tops from their closet, or a school dress code demanding that girls keep their kneecaps under wraps; we women are often confronted with arbitrary rules on what not to wear. And for the most part, they’re bullshit.

I am generally of the opinion that women should dress however they want, except when it involves the inappropriate “borrowing” from marginalized cultures. It is perhaps the only time when I think it may be necessary for women, in the spirit of respect and camaraderie, to follow a set of clothing guidelines. It may also be the only time when the words of the Apostle Paul can be successfully used as a feminist slogan: “I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful.” (CEB)

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Problematic Math: A Lesson From Jayne Mansfield

Question: What does 40-21-35 + 163 IQ equal?

Answer: Jayne Mansfield, of course!

Hollywood’s “smartest dumb blonde” was famously reduced to and immortalized by her extreme hourglass figure and genius-level intelligence. In fact, so notorious were Mansfield’s dimensions that Billy Graham once remarked, “This country knows more about Jayne Mansfield’s statistics than the Second Commandment.”

Today, the notoriety of Mansfield’s figure has ostensibly been eclipsed by Kim Kardashian’s curves; however, long before backsides were breaking the internet, Mansfield was making headlines for her calculated wardrobe malfunctions—earning her the side-eye of Sophia Loren and the attention of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner.