Tag: Feminism

7 Practical Reactions for Women Being Legislated as Chattel

7 Practical Reactions for Women Being Legislated as Chattel
With Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, et. al. doing the absolute most to revoke the bodily autonomy of the women who reside there, many reasonably outraged human beings are struggling to find ways to protest. Dressing up like Handmaids seems a bit pointless when it’s actually the goal of these legislators to turn women into... Read more »

Rape Culture and Government, a #SAAPM microcosm

Rape Culture and Government, a #SAAPM microcosm
One of my favorite teachers of all time, the late legendary Tom Dodd of Community High School in Ann Arbor, MI, was known for being inappropriate with students. I don’t mean he had sexual relationships with students, but a big part of what made him an institution and a student favorite was his overt, overwhelming... Read more »

Let's talk about Joe Biden and unwanted touching, shall we?

Let's talk about Joe Biden and unwanted touching, shall we?
Women in the United States live in a continuum of sexual violence. We are constantly on alert to prevent it, coping with it when it happens, and dealing with it after it happens to some degree. ALWAYS. Little girls are sexualized by grown-ass adults from the minute a pink sticker is slapped on their cot... Read more »
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The Most Important Election of our Lives

The Most Important Election of our Lives
Today is election day, and I am 100% judging you if you can but do not vote in this election. I don’t mean that in the adolescent, “OMG I’m totes judging you,” sense. I mean that I am passing judgement on your character. On the nature of your very being. If you do not vote,... Read more »

What It's Like to be a Rape Survivor in America Right Now

What It's Like to be a Rape Survivor in America Right Now
I am seven years old. Strange women at the public pool touch my hair. They grab me and pull me out of the line to the concession stand. It is frightening and aggressive, but they only mean it as a compliment. I know this because strange people are always stopping me and touching my hair. Whether... Read more »

When Nowhere Is Safe

When Nowhere Is Safe
When I was eight years old, I stopped sleeping. As many times as I’ve tried to figure out what made me stop, I’ve never managed to put my finger on anything specific. I spent months sneaking out of my bed at night, when the rest of my family was asleep, and going to the TV... Read more »
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Today's Gratitude Journal: Thank You, Feminist Porn

Today's Gratitude Journal: Thank You, Feminist Porn
The first pornographic movie I ever saw was without a doubt the worst porn I have seen to this day. It was a home-made piece of trash, featuring crying women and a cameraman who played the dual role of the only male figure in every scene, pointing his camera down at his penis and the crying girl... Read more »

Speaking for the Freedom to Opt Out of Fertility

Last week I performed this piece at a storytelling event, “Give Your Choice A Voice,” in support of Chicago NOW and the fight to protect reproductive freedom. This is the piece I performed, for your enjoyment! Fertility is Not Motherhood Deep down inside, I always knew I wanted to be a mom. It wasn’t a... Read more »

Aziz Ansari and Passive Aggressive Rape Threats

Aziz Ansari and Passive Aggressive Rape Threats
In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually we went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual. — Aziz Ansari I cried the whole ride home.... Read more »
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Look out, here's an abortion rant...

Look out, here's an abortion rant...
The other day, I read a reader comment in an Alabama newspaper. The person who wrote it said she was torn between, “…voting for a pedophile, or voting for someone who believes in abortion.”   And after a day’s long and hard reflection on how on earth this could be a difficult decision, I figured... Read more »