Greatest Hits

A collection of favorite pieces by and about Lauren Bruce. (Links and pictures may age as the internet ages, the collateral damage of being old school.)

 
1 2 3 4! Oi! The Boat Records and A Local History of Punk
An interview with its founders, on how the internationally beloved punk rock record label, Oi! The Boat, lives and thrives in Lafayette, IN. (Originally Think Lafayette, 2014)


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To get an invite to the hottest dining spot in town, you have to know people. Then you then have to follow secret instructions to get a ticket to a limited seating event, in a secret location, thrown by a secret group of chefs who showcase the best of local food and make the political case for a new category of Midwestern cuisine. (Originally Think Lafayette, 2014) 


yeoman_indianaThat Auction Life
If you get enough auctions and antique stores under your belt, you’ll find that you’re magically, very suddenly, able to spot high dollar items, determine quality and price on a wide variety of collectibles, and having a wreath made out of human hair in your home, for example, will no longer seem morbid or weird. (2014)


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Marketing Elmo’s World
As companies develop methods to perfect brand identification and market to younger and younger target demographics, some controversy has been stirred over marketing aimed at children — if one should do it, what age groups can a company ethically target, and how. (2007)


Hip Hop is for Lovers
An interview with Uche and Lenee, the creators of the popular feminist, queer, progressive podcast on love and romance in hip hop, “Hip Hop is for Lovers.” (Feministe, 2012)


“One Abuse Script with Many Faces”
Defining gaslighting, a term that describes a particular form of emotional abuse, in feminist relationships. (Feministe, 2011)


PTSD and Healing After Sexual Trauma
This is a piece about how you, a rape survivor, can regain a sense of wellness after the fact. This is neither a professionally nor universally designed plan of action to combat PTSD or heal one’s spiritual self after rape, though I have tried to gather as many ways and means as possible that you can have agency in your recovery regardless of whether you have access to Western clinical treatment practices. I also want to emphasize that these methods should in no way be used to pressure someone to “get over” the trauma of having one’s trust betrayed, one’s body violated, and one’s worth shamed by a culture set up to discredit victims. “Getting over it” is subjective, it’s a process, and it’s closure well-earned, and it’s not up to anyone other than the survivor to lead the way to emotional healing, if indeed “over it” is a benchmark that can ever truly be achieved. This is not a piece about how to end sexual violence. If I’m glib, this piece is how to get on with your life as best you can after you’ve experienced sexual violence. (Feministe, 2010)


On the Art of G. G. DraytonOldDesignShop_3KittensGraceWiederseimDraytonPC
On a tour through rural Indiana, I purchased a pair of paintings that I knew were special, though I didn’t know they were. The shop owner mentioned that the head curator of the Indianapolis Museum of Art had just been there to give them a look-over. I snatched them up, and when I looked them up on the way home on my iPhone, I just about wrecked my car. I had just picked up two original Grace Gebbie Draytons. (2013)


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Interview with The Pushback and The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, on what it means to live the stereotype, and how to find support and develop supportive communities despite the stigma you face as a teen parent. (The Pushback, 2011)


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Here’s a tip for reporters and pundits covering the Indiana primary: If you can’t pull off an article about Indiana without mentioning the ’80s movie Hoosiers, you aren’t qualified to write about Indiana. (American Prospect, 2008)


A Wish List for Young Parents
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..A lot of criticism capitalizes on this trend, saying in effect “Hey, unwed mothers! If you had more money, childhood poverty would be less of a problem!” Could Palin use her platform to combat this kind of pontificating, and to back the measures that can help out young pregnant women who don’t have the privilege of their parents’ and their community’s support? (RH Reality Check, 2008)

 

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How feminists took on the mainstream media and won
The blog had been started five years prior, at the beginning of the blog boom, by a woman named Lauren Bruce. Bruce invited Filipovic and others to contribute, turning her personal blog into a group site. By 2007, Feministe was getting over 100,000 page views a day, according to Filipovic, who managed the blog from 2006 to 2013. The blog’s tagline, “In defense of the sanctimonious women’s studies set,” reflects its theory-heavy content. Its writers excel at sophisticated political commentary and pointing out holes in the logic of misogynistic op-ed arguments, garnering credibility for the site in academic circles. (Quartz, 2016)


Clinton, feminists and the politics of voting for ‘the old white guy’
Before the primary, the notion of voting for a woman because she is a woman — decried by some as sexist and a backward step for womanhood — had led to a “level of tension” among feminists, according to Lauren Bruce, founder of the Feministe website and a former blogger there. (Washington Post, 2016)


What Young Feminists Think of Hillary Clinton
I was name dropped in an article on how social media has changed Hillary Clinton’s media persona over time. (For what it’s worth, Feministe preceded Feministing by about five years.) (National Journal, 2015)


Feminist writers are so besieged by online abuse that some have begun to retire
Michelle Goldberg interviewed dozens of women on the personal and professional risk of being a feminist in public. “While digital media has amplified feminist voices, it has also extracted a steep psychic price. Women, urged to tell their stories, are being ferociously punished when they do.” (Washington Post, 2015)


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I’m fond of this one. Local columnist Dave Bangert profiled me and my neighbors on our creative and ongoing attempts to calm traffic after one (two, and three) too many car crashes on our busy road. (Journal & Courier, 2015)


Think Lafayette’s love letter in a Community of Choice era
“What will you get with Think Lafayette, a website born in Greater Lafayette’s Community of Choice era?” The Journal & Courier interviewed me about Think Lafayette (thinklafayette.com) and our love letters to Greater Lafayette, a city that desires to be a community of choice. (Journal & Courier, 2013)


Rebirth of the Feminist Manifesto (NY Magazine, 2011)