I’ll cut to the chase. I am a committed, lifelong feminist, women's advocate, and in the interest of full-disclosure, I’ve been hit by an intimate partner, too. But there’s no denying it: I am really, really, really mad at Rihanna.
Have I mentioned that I kind of like Rihanna? Have I ever casually name-dropped her in an article before?

Feb 21, 2013 at 6:00pm | 128 comments

It is by far the best thing that ever happened to my wardrobe.
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There’s a part of me that believes that Rihanna, as with any woman, has a right to be with whoever she chooses; saying that she can’t, or shouldn’t be, with a partner who she believes is reformed, takes me down an ethical slippery slope that feels far too treacherous to tread.
Rihanna has been stealing my look since 2007. It started with hair, but lately it’s gotten worse. You think I’m joking?
“Pour It Up” could have been important. Instead, it’s a lazy attempt at being controversial.
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Russell Simmons stepped up to defend a young woman, and it's just one of the many reasons I think he's great.
We subject ourselves to modern superwomanhood: running ourselves ragged, trying to pay our dues to the women who had to stifle themselves so that we could earn the opportunity to occupy space.
I propose that in the future, instead of putting him on the front page of every website every time he throws a chair through a window or spends a day on the beach screaming at seagulls (seriously, WTF?), we turn a blind eye.