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Brenda Knepper's Writings

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Jan.18.2009
In 1973, as a freshman at George Mason, I wrote an essay for an English comp class that comes up as a topic of conversation every now and then. In it I ranted about how unfair it was that women “had” to wear makeup and girdles and pointed-toe shoes throughout their lives to keep up a certain level of attractiveness; whereas, men could allow themselves to get fat...
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Jan.18.2009
One of these days, I’m going to go over and introduce myself to my new neighbors. A few months ago, the woman who lived next door to me was killed in a drive-by shooting. I had often seen her sitting out on her front porch smoking cigarettes for the year or so that she and her three children had lived in the house next to mine. She was a young, pretty African...