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Danielle, The Prude

My name is Danielle and I’m a prude.

It isn’t that fun. I wish I were. Like most prudes my prudishness has more to do with how I was raised than it does with any real right or wrong ideologies. Being a prude is no more correct than being wild, uninhibited and outré. But being a prude is rooted in the idea that prudishness will save you from … something.

Unwanted attention? Society’s scorn? Perverts? No one’s ever been super clear on which horrors I’m avoiding by avoiding overt sexuality. Having fun? I’ve definitely avoided having fun. Mostly out of fear that fun would lead to something terrible. Continue reading

The Snob

LISTEN: Talking Slut-Shaming, the Kardashians & Amber Rose on #Politini

I joined Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills for their Politini podcast Thursday night where I was invited to talk about the recent article I wrote for The Root on how race and class intersect in the Khloe Kardashian/Amber Rose slut-shaming fight. We had a great, lively chat (I’d already had a couple glasses of wine before I called in), and Aisha and Danielle are incredible to chat with … so enjoy!

You can download the podcast and listen to it here.


The Root: Kardashian/Rose Beef Full of Class, Race Drama

I wrote a piece for The Root today on how the drama between Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose seems to be much ado about “slut shaming,” race and class. Namely, Rose and Kardashian trade in the same industry, but for some reason having wealth and privilege makes being a sexy femmebot an empowering decision. How dare Amber “choose her choice” of being a stripper at 15, but lets “celebrate” the equally provocative choices of La Familia Kardashian because … *shoulder shrug* … um … *record scratches.*

Money can’t buy you out of this trap the patriarchy put you in, ladies. Continue reading