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7. kid lit
8. lad lit
9. chick lit
10. Sick-Chick Lit
11. tween

Banned words and phrases 1-3 and 4-6.


The user of this banned word says, Ariel Levy, about Marisa Acocella Marchetto: “Even her exploration of her own weakness and jealousy underscores her desirability,” as if this were a bad thing???? What’s wrong with acknowledging what you’ve got? (Only puritanical, jealous women can’t stand to see a fellow woman actually think she’s alright. I’m so tired of the tiring spectacle of women cutting themselves down and expecting a badge of honor! If you don’t think you’re desirable, all I can advise is to start thinking so, or nobody else will.) Not to mention that anyone surrounded by a crowd as vicious as she is is only doing her duty to constantly remind herself what’s lovable about herself. Just when you thought it was safe to dive into the shark-infested waters….

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