Alice Wilder

Black Women Create, even from behind prison walls

Latoya Dickens

by Alice Wilder Latoya Dickens and I have been pen pals for a little over a year. In that time, I’ve moved four times. I’ve worked three different jobs and traveled to four different states. But several times a month, without fail, I’ve scooped thick envelopes out of my mail box and unfolded yellow lined pages…

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New year, new semester: 4 ways to take care of yourself

the author's schedule

by Alice Wilder This time of year is really hard for me. Between a new year and new semester, I truly hate social media this time of year. It’s all bombastic goals and quotes about grinding, slugging through and coming up. And I just want to take a nap. When the year starts it can…

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SPARK TV Week: No, Yes, Maybe

howtomurder

by Alice Wilder Mulaney Every single review of Fox’s Mulaney that I have read starts with the reviewer insisting that they really, really want to like the show. I say this because I want you to know that I know what I’m about to say is cliche: I want to like Mulaney. The main character…

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How to Lose Your Virginity: an interview with Therese Shecter

by Alice Wilder We’re all pretty big fans of filmmaker Therese Shechter, who you might know from her film I Was a Teenage Feminist. Her 2013 documentary How To Lose Your Virginity, which is available for streaming in July, explores the ways we think about sexuality and how it changes the way we feel about ourselves…

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Leslie + Ben 5ever, or, how Parks and Rec saved me from Twilight

so cute you kinda wanna puke but in a good way, you know?

by Alice Wilder I was in 8th grade. The most romantic thing that had ever happened to me was a sweaty slow dance at summer camp to Stairway to Heaven. And I wanted to be Bella Swan. I owned every Twilight novel and read them religiously. On the weekends my friends and I would congregate…

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Teen girls Hollaback! in North Carolina

YARC photo 2014

by Alice Wilder Ten girls are in the center of the room in a tight circle. Hannah, who is facilitating this activity, takes out a slip of paper and reads, “Step in the circle if you’ve cried this week.” Everyone steps inside the circle: the seven girls of Youth Against Rape Culture (YARC) and their…

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Redefining Realness: an interview with Janet Mock

Redefining Realness

by Alice Wilder If you know anything about Janet Mock, you’re already 99% sure that her new memoir, Redefining Realness, is phenomenal. You might know her from her appearances on the Melissa Harris-Perry show, from her awesome Twitter presence, or her landmark piece in Marie Claire. You may have heard of her Storygiving campaign, which…

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Rape Culture Shock

everywhere all the time

by Alice Wilder I thought the toughest adjustment when it came to starting college would be the workload, or self discipline, or missing my friends and family. I was prepared for those challenges. What I didn’t expect was the anxiety that comes with wedging my fingernail into the groove of my pocket knife while walking home…

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