I Loved Zsa Zsa Gabor

As a small child, I was quiet and thoughtful, impressionable. I remember seeing images of this woman on TV, and my parents laughing (at what I know recognize as her playfulness). I thought she was wonderful, with her dresses and her voice. I loved all the fluff and the colour pink and the feathers, the …

Watch This Now: Jackie

As a girl, growing up with an old stack of my mother’s Vanity Fair magazines, I was a little bit fascinated by Jackie Kennedy. I thought she was beautiful. Those Vanity Fairs were also my first introduction to fame, as a concept. It took me months to understand why we’d want to read stories about …

Some Girl Talk: On Being a Cool Wife

A few months ago, a friend and I were walking in the park. In an (uncharacteristic) display of vulnerability, I told her: “Sometimes I think I’m really cool to be married to, but sometimes, I am really uncool.” As I said it, a couple of older women – probably in their 80s – walked past, …

What is a Slut, Exactly?

Sometimes, I find myself thinking crazy thoughts, like: “Maybe I’m overreacting. Maybe there’s not as much gender discrimination as I think there is.” I’ll think: “Do I need to be as vigilant about feminism as I am?” I question it, you know. I don’t want to be this vigilant. I don’t want to be a …

Other People’s Finances Make Me Anxious

It’s none of my business, it’s really none of my business… But whenever I get wind of other people’s financial problems, I get anxious. Say someone without retirement savings goes on an all-inclusive Cuban vacation: I’ll hear about it, my chest tightens, my heart speeds up, and I need to literally bite my lip until …

Just Say No To Christmas Overload

It’s December 1! Which means…. That’s right, the grinch is back. To be clear: I love Christmas. I love spending time with my family & drinking hot chocolate by a roaring fire. This is something we will actually do – we will do this with snow falling outside. I love all the lights, and the …