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Hillary Clinton: What Happened

In Feminism, Lifewriting by Angelina Eimannsberger

Our lifewriting blog for September continues with some reflections on Hillary Clinton’s just published memoir What Happened. Hillary Clinton was the first woman to be a major party’s candidate for president. She lost the election in 2016. Donald Trump became president. The Women’s March happened and we’ve felt a surge of resistance alongside the dark and depressing gloom of this …

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Why Bad Feminist Roxane Gay Is Actually The Best

In Intervention, Lifewriting by Angelina Eimannsberger

By Angelina Eimannsberger Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist performs an inclusive, accessible, illuminating feminism that is aware of its own limits and allegiances, uses pop culture to discuss society in easy but deep ways, and tackles the reality and discourse of sexual violence forcefully. For a brief introduction to what exactly is bad, or less than perfect, about her titular bad …

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Lena Dunham’s memoir Not That Kind of Girl–A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’

In Lifewriting by Angelina Eimannsberger

I read Lena Dunham’s memoir Not That Kind of Girl–A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’ because I wanted to like this pop culture feminist icon, the widely successful television creator and actress, a friend of Mindy Kaling’s and inspiration to many women I know. It did not work. Her unchecked privilege as a cis-hetero white girl whose parents …

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Amy Poehler: Yes Please & Tina Fey: Bossypants

In Lifewriting by Angelina Eimannsberger

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are very successful women in comedy who both had big, successful, smart shows centered on them and continue to branch out into producing and creating new contents. Their mid-life memoirs Yes Please and Bossypants are inspiring and fun, just like their Golden Globe hosting. They are also often limited in outlook, insensitive to everyone who’s …

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Mindy Kaling: Why Not Me?

In Lifewriting by Angelina Eimannsberger

Mindy Kaling’s second memoir, Why Not Me?, came out in the fall of 2015, a few seasons into her show The Mindy Project. I loved reading this memoir and essay collection because Kaling knows that young women are looking up to her, and does her best to share her experience not just as a celebrity but also as a mentor, a …

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Mindy Kaling: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

In Lifewriting by Angelina Eimannsberger

The second book I reflect on for this blog is Mindy Kaling’s first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (2011). Mindy Kaling is one of my most important role models. Her recently announced pregnancy might be the only celebrity pregnancy that ever truly mattered to me. Her show The Mindy Project inspired the argument –that women’s pleasure …

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Sonia Sotomayor: My Beloved World

In Lifewriting by Angelina Eimannsberger

The first text I will reflect on is Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir My Beloved World (2013).  The memoir of Justice Sonia Sotomayor is one of the first texts of women’s life writings I can remember reading. A dear friend passed her copy on to me, saying she doesn’t usually read memoirs but was truly impressed by this one. Living in the …

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September Book Pic: Women’s Life Writing

In Feminism, Lifewriting, Monthly Book Picks, Submissions/Outreach by indulgencezine@gmail.com

By Angelina Eimannsberger and Ian Kennedy, Indulgence Editors We’re excited to share that in September, Indulgence will be all about women’s life writing. We turn to narratives that women tell about their lives because by reading about the private, the specific, and the personal, we can assert the humanness of those sidelined in the current political situation: women, black women, …