25 years after Tonya’s triple axel

There was loads ‘o brouhaha around the 20th anniversary of The Wacking. There was, however- surprise, surprise- almost jack doodely around the 25th anniversary of Tonya Harding’s landing of the triple axel at the U.S. Nationals on 16 February 1991.

A jubilant Tonya Harding acknowledged the crowd as she came out of her successful triple axel on her way to winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Feb. 16, 1991 in Minneapolis. Harding, of Portland, Oregon, became the first American woman to perform a triple axel in competition. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

A jubilant Tonya Harding acknowledged the crowd as she came out of her successful triple axel on her way to winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Feb. 16, 1991 in Minneapolis. Harding, of Portland, Oregon, became the first American woman to perform a triple axel in competition. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Prince Harry “Bridget Jones” Windsor, US Weekly, “the single life,” and further thoughts on “Lothario DiCaprio”

Man, the unmarried men are taking a beating this week. And lest you imagine this is confined to the pages of the Daily Mail and the person of Leo “Lothario” DiCaprio, nope, ’tis not. Enter US Weekly and Prince Harry.

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“Lothario DiCaprio will end up miserable and alone”: some thoughts on our current cultural moment and Leonardo DiCaprio’s toxic bacheloricity

It is, we have been repeatedly told, Leonardo DiCaprio’s year.

Because, y’know, he survived the making of a movie.

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“It’s going to be like Tonya Harding – people will be stabbing each other and poisoning each other.”

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about Tonya Harding. Specifically, I wrote about how tonya harding’s story is très très complicated and it gets très très simplified in its current, cultural shorthand form. Continue reading

it seems we need to talk about hillary clinton too

i am writing about feelings. i am writing about the past. i am analyzing culture.

i am analyzing a culture in which it does not feel safe to write about the feelings i have about this woman (for the record, i second all of this), and i am also analyzing the feeling that i am not entitled to these feelings and what that tells us about our culture.

i am writing about hillary clinton because i find it troubling and awful and angering that hillary clinton is someone it does not feel safe to write about.

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