BIO

Chelsea Cristene is a communications associate and English professor based in Washington, DC. She has been published by the Good Men Project, Salon, xoJane, and MamaMia, and runs a film review blog, Catch Up, with fellow Role Reboot contributor Telaina Eriksen. Find her on Twitter.

Chelsea Cristene 's Articles

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The Problem With Trying To Keep Women Out Of Gay Bars

I see no such kerfuffle over straight men at gay bars, so it appears that this brand of exclusivity is Dicks Only.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   05.10.19 12am   |   SHARE
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The Silent Grief Of Secret Illness

Illness is intensely personal, but it never affects the person diagnosed alone.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   05.6.19 9am   |   SHARE
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Who Would I Be Without Overachievement?

That’s the thing about perfectionism. When you chase something unattainable, you complete a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   02.28.19 12am   |   SHARE
Wanting a child and wanting to experience childbirth are two very different things.

What If A Child Is Right For Me, But Childbirth Isn’t?

Wanting a child and wanting to experience childbirth are two very different things.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   01.10.19 12am   |   SHARE
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How Advice To ‘Take The High Road’ Silences Victims Of Abuse

Anyone who has been a victim of abuse will tell you that the burden of emotional labor is enormous, and that it’s amplified by the pressure to keep quiet.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   11.5.18 12am   |   SHARE
Knowing a few compulsive liars over the course of my life has taught me some things.

How To Maintain Your Sanity Around A Compulsive Liar

Knowing a few compulsive liars over the course of my life has taught me some things. Living during Trump’s presidency has reinforced them.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   09.26.18 12am   |   SHARE
The first rule: Unrequited love sucks.

We Need To Learn How To Handle Unrequited Love

The first rule: Unrequited love sucks. The second rule took regrettably longer for me to get a handle on: My unilateral crush was not this guy’s problem.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   08.3.18 12am   |   SHARE
Thank you, Isolde, for making me pause, for encouraging me to ditch the pocket computer for conversation with someone new.

What Staying With A Stranger Taught Me About Intimacy

Thank you, Isolde, for making me pause, for encouraging me to ditch the pocket computer for conversation with someone new.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   07.13.18 12am   |   SHARE
When we are faced with an evil that looks like us, things get a little more complicated.

We Don’t Call Out White Terrorism Because We Don’t ‘Other’ Whiteness

If Trump is right (there’s a first time for everything) and we need to state what a problem is before solving it, then let’s state it now. Radical white terrorism.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   10.11.17 12am   |   SHARE
Overall, women don’t want to be 22 again.

Men May Prefer Younger Women, But Women Don’t Give A Sh*t

When men’s dating preferences were observed, the age of women they expressed interest in never (never!) deviated from the early 20s.
Chelsea Cristene of Role Reboot    |   06.16.17 12am   |   SHARE