Claire Warner
Claire is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in Bustle, Ravishly, the Daily Dot, YourTango, and the Good Men Project. She splits her time between living in the South and a dreamscape off in her own head. Favorite topics include LGBT issues, feminism, and cats. Mostly cats.

Claire’s Latest Articles

7 Best Podcasts To Distract Yourself From Politics

It's only February, but it already feels like it's been a long year. In a way, it has; for more than a year now, politics have been at the forefront of everyone's minds as Donald Trump's administration inched ever-closer to reality. But sometimes, a woman needs a break from all the doom and gloom, and I have just the solution: non-political podcasts perfect for distracting yourself from the state of American government. You can't (and shouldn't) bury your head in the sand forever, but you can de…

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7 Ways To Resist Trump With Your Phone

The weeks since Barack Obama passed the presidential baton to Donald Trump have been a whirlwind of executive orders and protests while the rest of the world looks on in bafflement. Even when you can't necessarily make it to a march, however, you know what you do have available most of the time? Your phone. In fact, there are plenty of ways to resist Trump's administration using your cell phone from virtually anywhere. The transition of power has gone peacefully but not quietly. The Women's Ma…

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These American Folk Tales Are So Creepy

The dead of winter is one of the best times to break out your favorite creepy American folk tales. What else is there to do? It's too cold to venture outside for anything more than the bare necessities, and if you're anything like me, you wind up spending half your nights wrapped in a blanket by the fire anyway. Although urban legends and ghost stories are usually associated with Halloween, October is a long way away. There's no reason to hold off on the spooky stuff just because it's February. …

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Little Comforting Activities To Calm Your Anxiety

After the slow descent into partisan madness that was 2016, we could all use some little comforting activities to mitigate anxiety. Last year wasn't the worst year in history, despite what many hyperbolic tweets have to say on the subject... but it did start with the death of David Bowie and end with Barack Obama scrambling to save his presidential legacy while Donald Trump lurked in the wings. So, let's just say 2016 set the bar incredibly low. So far, 2017 has been a little chaotic. Transition…

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28 Little Ways To Take A Break From Politics

It's only been a few weeks since a newly-unemployed Barack Obama went on vacation, leaving the rest of the United States to clean up the mess we created, but it's felt like an eternity. Finding little ways to take a break from politics is therefore incredibly important to keep you from getting exhausted by the already-exhausting situation in which we currently live. It doesn't matter how deeply you care about activism; unless technology has progressed by leaps and bounds since the last time I ch…

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Follow These Social Media Pages To Stay Informed

Settling into the first 100 days of Donald Trump's administration, you might be looking for ways to stay politically engaged when you're not necessarily able to take up full-time activism (which doesn't quite pay the bills). If that's you, good news: There are plenty of politically active social media accounts to follow that will help you keep resisting and persisting throughout the Trump presidency. Taking part in the democratic process may not be something a lot of people are used to doing, bu…

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11 Feminist Quotes For Valentine's Day Cards

Each February, the search for feminist quotes about romance winds up being harder than it should be. As a celebration of romantic love, Valentine's Day highlights how much pressure is put on women to find fulfillment in another person — not exactly the kind of idea that promotes gender equality. On the other hand, nobody wants to come across like they don't love and value their partner. Usually, the easiest option is just to grit your teeth and buy the least heteronormative Valentine's Day card …

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Here Are All The Comets You Can See In 2017

Last year was busy for amateur astronomers; there were eclipses, planetary alignments, and approximately a zillion different kinds of moons. (Supermoons, blue moons, and black moons — oh my! ) One kind of phenomenon, though, was conspicuously absent: Comets were hard to spot with the naked eye in 2016, leaving many wondering if there are any comets to watch in 2017. (Spoiler alert: There are. Hurray!) Similar to asteroids, comets are thought to be ancient space debris reaching up to several mile…

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Nevertheless, These Women All Persisted

On Tuesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unwittingly became part of feminist history when he cut off Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a debate over Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination as attorney general. McConnell defended his actions by saying, "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." McConnell probably didn't expect what happened next, but it's a triumph all the same: Almost as soon as his words became known, #ShePersisted tweets began trendi…

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Why You Should Choose Your Friends Wisely

When people spend most of their time around someone, they tend to adopt each other's little quirks. Best friends speak their own language, roommates start doing chores the same way, and so on. Underneath it all, though, our personalities remain the same — right? According to recent research, some personality traits are actually contagious, so the stuff that makes you yourself might be more flexible than previously thought. In a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,…

By Claire Warner