Monthly Archives: October 2011

Word of the Day: arch

As an adjective it means mischievous, or roguish. It is sadly never used anymore.

My favorite reference for it is from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

After playing some Italian songs, Miss Bingley varied the charm by a lively Scotch air; and soon afterwards Mr. Darcy, drawing near Elizabeth, said to her:

“Do not you feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?”

She smiled, but made no answer. He repeated the question, with some surprise at her silence.

“Oh!” said she, “I heard you before, but I could not immediately determine what to say in reply. You wanted me, I know, to say Yes, that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their meditated contempt. I have, therefore, made up my mind to tell you, that I do not want to dance a reel at all–and now despise me if you dare.”

“Indeed I do not dare.”

Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her. He really believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger.

Miss Bingley saw, or suspected enough to be jealous; and her great anxiety for the recovery of her dear friend Jane received some assistance from her desire of getting rid of Elizabeth.

And now I have tricked you into reading a bit of Pride and Prejudice. My good deed for the day.

Balance of Power


In this month’s Industry, in view of women’s still-lower earnings compared to men’s, I wonder whether women should put off marriage to boost their earning power. Then this argument goes slightly off the rails as larger, more topical social concerns begin to trump these individual worries. Maybe the old battle of the sexes is a bit of a distraction, a bit indulgent, in view of the concerns that have provoked the Occupy protests. In an unfair society, we should work together to improve things for us all.
Read it here:
Balance of Power

FAM: Natural Birth Control

Here is an essay I wrote detailing my “100% natural!” birth control method. Check yourself before you wreck yourself! (Respect.)

After years of people’s suspicions about my birth control
method, I have only to point out exhibit A: my non-pregnancy over the past five years, using nothing but my knowledge of my body’s fertility for birth control.

Keep reading: Fertility Awareness Method (FAM)

It appears in this week’s Loyola Women’s Studies Digest.

For more information on the method, for birth control or pregnancy achievement, check out Planned Parenthood.