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Stance // Maria Del Russo


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Maria Del Russo takes a clear position on patriarchy and the nature of sex in modern America. Check out our interview with her to get insight on why she takes her stance.

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Stance // Maria Del Russo

  1. 1. get personal with Maria Del Russo Journalist. Feminist. Straight-Talker. B I G F I S H P R E S E N T A T I O N S . C O M Interview Series
  2. 2. Maria Del Russo lives on the Upper East Side by way of New Jersey. She is a writer, yogi, and self-proclaimed Francophile. She is currently working on a collection of essays, as well as contributing to various publications about beauty, sex, dating, and relationships. Maria has been profiled by Domino and written for Refinery29, The Lily, and PopSugar. Inhersparetime,Mariaenjoys tendingtoherindoorplants, takingbathsinclawfoottubs, andsmashingthepatriarchy.
  3. 3. The world’s greatest presenters and where they stand, on and off the stage. (noun) /stans/ the attitude of a person or organization toward something; a standpoint.
  4. 4. Question: You’re limited to five items. What do you need and why?
  5. 5. Answer: I'd need a notebook, because I'm constantly scribbling ideas and making lists of things I have to do. My phone, because so much of my job is about being connected. A water bottle, because hydration is important. Red lipstick, because it instantly dresses up any and every look. And a pack of gum — I'm trying to quit biting my nails, and gum has so far been the only way to avoid it.
  6. 6. If your life was a song lyric, what Would it be and why? Question:
  7. 7. I don't know about a specific lyric, but I've always imagined that if there was a biopic made of my life, the trailer would be cut to "Ceremony" by New Order. I'm not sure why. It just seems right. Answer:
  8. 8. Question: What’s a belief others may challenge you on?
  9. 9. Saying "yes" may make you look good in the short-term, but saying "no" when you need to shows people that your time is valuable, and that you're responsible and mindful enough to know your limits. Ibelievethatsaying"no" isactuallymorepowerful thansaying"yes." Answer:
  10. 10. Question: When all is said and done, what do you want to be remembered for?
  11. 11. I hope that I'm remembered as someone who helped normalize the sometimes harrowing experience of dating for women. I want to be someone who people remember as a person who made them laugh, who didn't pull punches, and who talked about sex and dating in a really frank way. I hope that people remember me as someone who made them feel less alone. Answer:
  12. 12. What’s one habit you think everyone should make? Question:
  13. 13. Answer: I'vestarteddating myselfonceamonth. I take myself to the movies, I take myself to dinner. I do things alone that I usually wouldn't do without a partner. I think this is an amazing thing everyone should try to do. It helps you become comfortable spending time with just yourself. Plus some things, like a museum exhibit, are so much more satisfying when done alone.
  14. 14. What would you say is the outline for presenting “The Best You”? Question:
  15. 15. Answer: I hate the idea of assigning generalities to something so personal. But I will say that it's impossible to present your best self if you don't dig inside yourself and figure out who that is first. Everyone's journey to themselves is different, but it's an important one to take.
  16. 16. Everyone stands for something, what do you stand for? Question:
  17. 17. Too many people believe that the fight for equality is over, and that we don't need intersectional feminism anymore. But there is so much that has to be done, and so much that has to be addressed — and that's doubly true when we're speaking about women of color. And many of these issues begin with how we socialize men and women. The #MeToo movement is a start, but we have so much more work to do. This is hopefully just the beginning. At the moment, I'd say my main motivation is addressing issues in our culture and society that continue to make it impossible for women to be seen as equal. Answer:
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