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Welcome to The Feminist Mystique!

a little bit about this blog...

I started The Feminist Mystique after finishing up a Master's program in Religious Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale. After years of studying and writing about gender, I was finally entering the "real world" where I would be expected to spend my days doing something other than sitting around and talking about sexual violence in armed conflict, gender equitable insurgent groups, and Marian apparitions.

I started this blog as a way to continue thinking critically and writing about issues I'm passionate about. But also as a way to think through what it means to be a feminist outside of the academy. My goal is to explore how to fully live a feminist life and how to help make this world a better place for women. For me, this means thinking about the big things -- like reproductive rights, sexual violence, and international law; but also some of the smaller things -- like what I eat and wear, what I do with my last name, and how I spend my money.

a little bit about me...

After spending seven years in New England, I recently moved down south to Atlanta, GA. I currently work in development for a network of charter schools and write book reviews for Publishers Weekly. Over the past few years, I've worked as a policy fellow for a nonprofit that works to expand access to high-quality child care, a fellow at the Yale Women Faculty Forum, a fellow at the Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy, and as an intern at UN Women.

Before getting my M.A. from Yale in Religious Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, I was at Wellesley College studying -- you guessed it! -- Religion and Women's Studies.

In my free time, I'm either curled up with a good book and a glass of wine or spending time with my husband and our sweet puppy. 

8 comments:

  1. I stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest and your DIY coffee table post. I read through a few entries, thinking, "This is a very Swelles-like blog." Then, I turned to your About Me, and lo and behold...you are indeed a fellow alum!
    Keep up the good work!
    -Scarlett L. '06

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    1. Thanks so much Scarlett! This is probably my favorite blog comment to date!

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  2. I too found this via Pinstrest. Love your blog. Very informative. Please don't stop.

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  3. I for here looking for the rustic table you built...where is it?

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  4. I also stumbled across your blog via the DIY coffee table post. My girlfriend and I have been looking for ways to spruce up our furniture affordably and your post is just what we were looking for! I'm sure she'll be a big fan of your Pinterest page too.

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  5. I, too, stumbled across your blog via the DIY coffee table post. What a joy to have found you! A fellow feminist and do-it-yourselfer! As an Episcopalian, I find that feminism fits quite well. Must clarify chronological order: feminist first, Episcopalian second. Love your blog!

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  6. OK. Too weird. I just had a friend send me a link to this blog after a conversation about last names. She said that I needed to check it out because, like me, this person was "all about how feminism and femininity can coexist, and religion and also education and all your same stuff!" I open the link, see the picture, and realize that I already know this person. So bizarre. So, as another YDS/ISM alum (class of 09'. We didn't overlap, but I worked at Yale College for three years after, which is why I know your face), working as a feminist in academia and episcopalia in the south (I live in MS now), I just wanted to say: Keep up the good work and you have an ally down here in the deep south!!!
    -Ann Phelps

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    1. This is amazing! If you're ever in Atlanta, we should definitely meet up!

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