Do You Lenny?
Do you subscribe to Lenny, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's insightful, pro-woman, feminist-and-proud of it online magazine Lenny? I was an early subscriber, but quickly realized it did no good for me to keep it to myself. They talk about women's rights, strong women in politics, equal pay, potlucks, global education for girls, vaginas and much, much more. Just when I think I understand what Lenny is all about, there's a new Lenny letter, daring me to dig deeper.
Not everything is serious (at least on the surface). This morning, I read "Men in Airport Bars Ask: 'What Do You Do?'" by Diana Spechler, a list of responses she's gotten from men (in airport bars, duh) when she's said she's a writer. The answers range from the expected ("Good for you!" or "You write romances...?") to the lamely arrogant ("...if you wrote even half my story, you'd never have to work another day in your life...") to the last one, which is a doozy (and I won't spoil your fun by telling you here). As a writer, I have gotten many of the same responses from all kinds of people in all kinds of places. It's remarkable to me that non-writers feel as though we are mining their lives and words for our own nefarious uses and planning to expose them for our own gain...
(Ha ha, joke's on me. Clearly this Lenny list does just that.)
If you don't Lenny already, please do yourself a big fat favor and click here now while I wait. To get you started, here are a few of my favorite Lenny letters: