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Model Behavior / Cristen Conger / Stuff Mom Never Told You

Posted on 15 June 2015

Writer. Podcaster. YouTuber. Feminist rabble-rouser.

 

WHAT ARE TWO ITEMS TO DO ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Write a book and learn how to swim freestyle (maybe partially a little bit so I can work out like Olivia Pope).

 

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? 

You’ve made me a feminist.

 

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST PERIOD? WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?

At my house (thank goodness!). My mom – who then told my sister, and I was mortified!

 

WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN?

If you can read, you can do anything.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

Creating Stuff Mom Never Told You.

 

TEACH US HOW TO DO SOMETHING.

To nip procrastination in the bud, eat your frog  first thing in the morning . Aka: you know that thing that you really aren’t too interested in doing and is thus perennially on your to-do list? Do. It. First. Eat the frog!

 

 

WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU IDENTIFY AS A FEMINIST?

It really began to crystallize in college. Once, for instance, I was working at the campus newspaper, and a sexual assault was reported at a particular fraternity house, which was met with a startling amount of victim-blaming. I wrote a column calling it out and was later confronted members of the same fraternity. I’ll never forget the hateful looks on their faces.

 

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE RELUCTANT TO IDENTIFY AS A FEMINIST?

Do you enjoy things like voting, attending college, pursuing career aspirations and wearing pants and swimsuits without fear of being arrested? Then you’re probably more into feminism than you realize.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WORD HYSTERICAL?

Part of me loves the idea of my anthropomorphized uterus causing all sorts of ruckus because it needs a baby so badly. If that were the case, I’d totally name it. Maybe Brenda. Brenda the Hysterical Uterus. Heck, I’d even set her up with a Tinder account and just see what happens.

  

 

CHOOSE THREE WOMEN FROM HISTORY WHO HAVE HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT IN ADVANCING WOMEN'S RIGHTS WHOM YOU WITH YOU COULD INTERVIEW. WHY THEM?

- Ida B. Wells because she took no crap, suffered no fools and made a place for herself even as other suffragists of the day tried to elbow her out for the color of her skin. I want even an ounce of that moxie.

- Ruth Bader Ginsberg so that I can tell her thank you for so many of the rights I probably take for granted.

- Amy Poehler because she’s my ultimate ladycrush, and I once dreamed we hung out and had a ball.

 

TELL US SOMETHING THAT'S TMI.

I don’t really get a period anymore, thankyouverymuch IUD!

FOLLOW CRISTEN: stuff mom never told you podcast / personal website // instagram // twitter
* Uterus drawing credit to Susan Chein.

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