My voice is small...

I watched the full, unedited video of Sandra Bland’s arrest and I cried. I was so angry, so full of rage, so devastated because I saw that everything that was happening to her was so wrong, so out of line, and so unfair. Ms. Bland “failed to signal,” “refused to put out her cigarette,” was... Read more »

Emma Sulkowicz Made a Film

hunnnterrr / Foter / CC BY I watched Emma Sulkowicz’s video, Ceci nest pas un viol. I hesitate to call it a “sex tape,” like just about everyone else on the internet because I believe that it’s more than that, and to label it a “sex tape” is reductive. To be honest, I don’t know why... Read more »

Some days you're the meatballs.

On Monday, I was contacted and asked to speak at a large event on Tuesday the 28th. It was the launch event for a major organization that works to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. I didn’t hear anything all week, until Friday, when I spoke with my contact and she told me... Read more »
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The NFL is a Fickle Friend: NO MORE, The Draft, and Jameis Winston

The NFL is a Fickle Friend: NO MORE, The Draft, and Jameis Winston
The NFL attempted to fix their publicity problems last season by teaming up with the advocacy group NO MORE. This relationship resulted in a PSA campaign featuring prominent figures in the NFL challenging the culture of domestic violence and rape within their community. From NO MORE: Beginning in the fall of 2014, headlines about domestic violence and... Read more »

Edgewater Voters: Make Sure Your Vote Was Counted

Edgewater Voters: Make Sure Your Vote Was Counted
Did you vote in the Chicago Mayoral Runoff today at Stephen Hayt elementary School on Granville in Edgewater? If you did be sure to check and make sure that your vote counted. Why? I voted at 8:00 am and everything seemed fine, but when Shanna, my informant, voted at the same location at 9:00 am,... Read more »

Jamie Dornan: Junior Stalker

Jamie Dornan: Junior Stalker
I was a huge fan of The Fall. I had loved seeing Jamie Dornan on Once Upon a Time and was interested in Gillian Anderson, though I wasn’t as familiar with her or her career. After listening to an interview with her on BBC radio I was impressed by her intelligence, and I wanted to know... Read more »
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Dear JR Jones: Thanks, but We Got This

Dear JR Jones: Thanks, but We Got This
I read an article over at The Reader this weekend. It was a review by JR Jones of the film, The Hunting Ground. It was a typical review until Mr. Jones took an ideological turn at the intersection of film review and social commentary. He deviated from talking about the film to challenging the way... Read more »

Sexual Assault Myths: The Danger of Ignoring the Issue

Sexual Assault Myths: The Danger of Ignoring the Issue
My last two posts (which you can read here and here) have dealt with a specific topic, one in which a sworn police officer tacitly admitted that within the law enforcement community there was a culture of disbelief and incredulity about allegations of sexual assault. While this is not surprising information, I believe that it is... Read more »

Part Two: No one believed me.

Part Two: No one believed me.
You can read part one here. I excused myself during Toi Hutchinson’s speech, which was the final speech of the event. I was disappointed that I needed to leave because she was speaking so beautifully about her sister, who is a survivor, but I was shaking and I knew that I needed a moment to... Read more »
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Part One: I believe you.

Part One: I believe you.
Today, at the Illinois Attorney General sponsored Strengthening Campus Responses to Sexual Violence at UIC, which I attended as a DePaul student, I was sadly reminded of how little progress we’ve made in the battle against sexual violence. There was some productive discussion, but much of the content lacked real-world focus on what can be... Read more »