Activist. Comedian. Somehow atrocious at mini-golf.
As a kid there were two things I promised myself I would never be, because they looked incredibly boring: a teacher, and a writer. I am both, and they are not. I believe in the power of speaking the truth in love, and if that doesn't work, speaking the truth a lot louder. I want to leave the world better than I found it.
All I said was, "This doesn't feel great"
As a first-year seminary student, I was inspired by Muslim women who chose to cover. They said that for them, the hijab was a feminist statement. I designed an experiment: for nine months, I covered my hair, arms and legs and stopped wearing makeup. The result changed the way I viewed beauty, power, and faith.
I summarized the Modesty Experiment in Salon. It launched my career. The Beauty Suit(Beacon Press), the book that was born from that piece, is about my nine month modesty experiment and the limits of Kardashian-esque hotness as "empowerment." (Hint: it's just capitalism, rebranded to look like feminism.)
For a short time, I got to use my writing skills against the wave of disinformation that floods the internet. (It was only short because nonprofit work is fickle.)
I also remembered how much I liked to use humor to talk about difficult topics. I created Lou the Lizard, the embodiment of the "lizard brain" part of all of us that routinely gets tricked by nonsense.