First up: the recipe to go with this post is one for Vegan Perfect Potstickers, which makes total sense because–ok, it makes no sense with the topic, but they’re really good.

We bookworms are rarely the ones who are considered “sexy.” Yes, of course, there is the fetishized dirty librarian trope, and a resurgence of nerd lit in romance, but by and large, we either need a glamorous makeover to make us attractive, or remain relegated to the fourth floor of the library, in the furthest corral, huddled between the pages of whatever it is we’re working on.

Seriously, even hot AF Hermione ended up with Ron Weasley. I mean, she went out with VIKTOR KRUM, and still ended up with the gangly ginger dude. (I also would’ve chosen the gangly ginger, but only because Lupin was taken.)

So why does reading make us sexy?

For one thing, smart is sexy. There’s something to an intellectual challenge that is very attractive, on both (all) sides. If a guy or girl or non-binary person is physical perfection but cannot hold a proper conversation, it’s a real turn-off. And people who read are generally smarter and more empathetic.  (And I think we can all agree that an empathetic lover is better than a narcissistic lover. You get yours, girl.) Like John Waters says, “If you go to someone’s house, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” Truer words…

Smart people tend to be sarcastic, and we all know how sexy sarcasm is. Think about it, if you don’t get the joke, if you can’t laugh at yourself, if you’re generally without humor, it’s a real downer for everyone else who does. People are going to assume you’re a stick in the mud, and sticks in wet dirt are not sexy.

Sexy books can make us feel sexy. That’s just a fact. When you read (sexy) fiction, your brain interprets words as pictures, and bow-chicka-wow-wow, brain porn.

But, really, if you’re a reader, and you read a lot, and vary what you read, you’ll know that sexy isn’t the be-all and end-all. You understand that value isn’t measured in sexual attraction, action, or gratification. You know that it is not some magic barometer by which people should be measured. You appreciate many more forms of beauty than just the phenotypical presentation of one’s DNA. You understand that sexy should be something that one feels internally, and should not be an external priority–unless you want it to be. You are who you are and even if you’re not 100% comfortable with that, you have all of the access to the information you need to help you re-frame your thoughts because you read. (Or you can find out where to get it!)

You can be fit, fat, skinny, hairy, striking, shaggy, or super geek–matters not because you know the secret to escape.

Between the pages of a book, newspaper, or even JStor.

Between the sheets is between you and…you.

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Recipe, Please!

perfect potstickers, bitch.


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Perfect Potstickers
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What Goes In?

  • 25 round dumpling wraps
  • for the filling
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, I used shitake and maitake, cleaned and stemmed--sliced
  • 4 oz bok choy, washed well and dried
  • 4 chives
  • 4 oz seitan or extra firm tofu, chopped small
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • to seal
  • 4 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • for frying
  • peanut and canola oils
  • for the sauce
  • literally just go to amazon and type in "dumpling sauce" it's wonderful. (hint! It's just soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, garlic, and chives)

Avengers, Assemble!

  1. heat a tbsp oil in a large skillet on high
  2. when oil starts to ripple, add mushrooms
  3. cook until browned and delightful.
  4. turn down heat and add seitan, garlic, and ginger
  5. when you really smell it--it will smell like heaven--pull off heat
  6. when mostly cool, place in food pro
  7. add bok choy and chives, sriracha, sesame oil, soy sauce, and mayo
  8. pulse until it looks a bit like meatloaf mix
  9. form the dumplings!
  10. heat the water and stir in the mayo until it combines
  11. take a wrapper, hold in your hand, add a tbsp of mix, rim the edges with the mayo water and crimp.
  12. place them all on a long slice of waxed paper
  13. heat a few tbsp oils and place several dumplings in the skillet with at least an inch separating them
  14. let each fry for about a minute
  15. add about 1 cup of water to the skillet and cover
  16. when the water is mostly steamed away, the dumplings will be done
  17. dip in the magic dumpling sauce.

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