25 Gender-Coded Words To Avoid And Better Alternatives

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By: Dani Kessel

The patriarchy relies on women to keep each other down so that we don’t pay attention to the ways society is structured to keep us away from positions of power. We do so dialectically often without even realizing it. Words have power to influence the way we see the world. 

Fully grown adult women are called girls, infantilizing the gender as a whole. A woman airing grievances is called hormonal or hysterical, a term that origins back to the false idea of a floating uterus causing symptoms of anxiety, depression, etc. A woman who happens to be working and helping raise a family is a working-mom, denoting them as a caregiver first and foremost. These gender-coded words, among many others, wouldn’t normally be used to refer to a man. We need to reexamine the way we speak to and about one another to foster a culture of…

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Changes You Make In A Long Distance Relationship

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By: Dani Kessel

Before I married my partner, we spent three and a half years in long distance. We were told a million times over that our relationship would fail because “long distance never works.” We are living proof that isn’t entirely true though. Long distance is hard. It isn’t for the faint of heart. But, just like any other relationship dynamic, people grow and adapt to make things work. There are many positive internal changes you make when entering into a long distance relationship.

You learn to communicate effectively.

Being apart from each other means you have to make the most of your communication. Coordinating schedules, planning visits, arranging romantic and intimate time, and explicitly expressing your needs are all things you get in the habit of doing. When you speak, you are more inclined to have meaningful conversations. This skill translates well into all other relationships in your…

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I Won’t Be A Well-Behaved Woman

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By: Dani Kessel

If you were assigned female at birth or you identify/present as a woman, you are told on a daily basis what you are expected to be. You need to be soft spoken, mild mannered, friendly to everyone. Have the perfect body. Cross your legs. Don’t take up too much space. Smile more. Put others’ needs before your own. Don’t demand too much. Get married and settle down with a nice man. Procreate. Basically be the perfectly well-behaved woman. We’ve heard it all before.

The truth is that I will never be what society wants me to be. 

I am too tall. I don’t have flawless skin. I’m too curvy and weigh too much. I like comic books, video games, pop culture. I’m too nerdy for my own good. I don’t want the white picket fence. I’m not straight; I’m bi. I’m certainly gender nonconforming. I hate dresses…

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Tips For Maintaining Your Mental Health While On Vacation

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By: Dani Kessel

Many people rarely go on vacation, so they constantly expend energy and keep on the move to enjoy it to the fullest. They plan every second of every minute of every day. This drive can be great for adventures. It can also result in mental burnout if left unchecked though. Ask yourself this: Will you really enjoy your vacation if by the end you are too exhausted to get back to your daily life? As an avid traveler and someone who has moved around my whole life, I’ve picked up tips to help maintain a healthy mental state while on your trip. Here are my best suggestions as you plan everything out.

Schedule breaks to rest and recuperate.

This may sound strange in reference to vacation, but give yourself some empty time slots within your busy schedule. When you work in rest time, you are less likely…

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Stop Harassing Women At The Hardware Store *Guest Post* — Love, Geeky Girl

By Dani Kessel Today, I went to the hardware store. I needed supplies to put together some Christmas presents. I’d planned everything out beforehand. I knew exactly what I needed, and I’ve been to that specific hardware store enough times to know where everything is. My trip should’ve been simple enough and not required social […] … Continue reading Stop Harassing Women At The Hardware Store *Guest Post* — Love, Geeky Girl

Twelve Tips For Making It As A Working Actor (Guest Post)

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By: Dani Kessel

I’ve been acting for around 16 years now. As a child, I professionally acted and modelled in Japan. When I moved back to the US, I spent 3 years in a modelling and acting school. Then, when I moved to Germany, I was in at least 3 productions a year. It was only during a medical crisis over the past 5 years that I took a break. But, now that I’m getting back on my feet post-surgery, I can throw myself into what I love doing again. While I am doing that, I thought I’d share some wisdom and tips on how to make it as an actor. 

Do community theatre to bolster your resume.

You may not get paid for most community theatre, but doing this helps when you’re first starting off. It also shows a dedication to your craft.

Your headshots are the first things…

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A to Z: Fun and Unusual Words to Add to Your Vocabulary

A:   Ardent - Passionate, enthusiastic, or eager B:   Bibliophile - A person who loves or collects books C:   Comeuppance - An unpleasant fate that someone deserves D:   Draconian - Excessive and unreasonably harsh E:   Erroneous - Mistaken, wrong, incorrect F:   Farcical - Humour that is outrageous, absurd, and silly G:   Gallivant - Travelling from place to … Continue reading A to Z: Fun and Unusual Words to Add to Your Vocabulary

Life Goals Don’t Have to be Long-Term

When many people think of life, they think of something expansive that last multiple decades. They see dream jobs, pets, people, places they want to go. But generally, they see themselves happy and healthy. That is the standard that people strive towards. If you take away health and/or happiness though, things change. You start to … Continue reading Life Goals Don’t Have to be Long-Term