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Fixing the Flaws in Perfection

Every “perfect girl” I have ever met has been so humble, that they can turn a compliment into self-deprecation. It is so unbearably heartbreaking to me that these girls who are so marvelous all don’t know how marvelous they are. But the truly terrifying truth is that their humility and self-consciousness seem to be an essential part of being the “perfect girl.”

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Give Me The Break

Michelle Wolf isn’t a “nice lady,” and neither am I. Screw being nice. Netflix just cancelled The Break with Michelle Wolf after just one season, and I’m not having it.

Cover of Iliza Schlesinger's Elder Millennial

Respect Your Elder (Millennial)

Having watched all of Iliza’s specials, read her book, and watched much of her talk show, there are any number of aspects of her comedy I could talk about. I’d like to focus on what I see as her evolution as a feminist, paired with the rising trend of comedy specials that challenge our perceptions of what comedy can be.

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Ask Emma: New Beginnings, and Long-Distance Love

I’m about to start law school in another city, and I’m really excited. The only problem? I will be leaving my partner behind, so our relationship will be long-distance for three years. I’m really nervous about it.

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Ask Emma: Pulling Up Your Big-Kid Bloomers, and Running for the Hills

A friend I haven’t seen for over a year is planning to visit my city and stay for two weeks. Do I have an obligation to host her?

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Dear Male Comedian

I spend a lot of time trying to shift the focus away from my appearance, my love life, and my sexuality. By sizing me up in front of my entire community, you undid three years of that work in 30 seconds.

Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondence Dinner

Michelle Wolf is (Still) not a Nice Lady

So, why do people think Michelle Wolf is Jewish (she’s not), and how has this misconception shaped some of the criticism that she’s received? Side note: Michelle, everyone thinks you’re Jewish anyway so why not just seal the deal? Join us!

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Ask Emma: Pushy Parents, Domestic Chores, and the Fall of Capitalism

I am a student on a college campus and I too fight for women's issues. What advice do you have to make my work more effective?

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Ask Emma: Gift-giving, Sharing Toothbrushes, and Roommate Woes

Is it okay to expect a S.O. to be willing to share their toothbrush?

Michelle Wolf (2016)

Nice Ladies

I’m not a nice lady. I express my (many) opinions loudly, I’ve perfected the sarcastic comment as an art form, and I’m the proud owner of both a copper IUD and a sweatshirt that reads “I’ve got 99 problems and white heteronormative patriarchy is basically all of them.”

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