Archive for July 2013

A Beaten Girl, Silenced Neighbor, and Broken System: Chicago Is Failing Our Children

A Beaten Girl, Silenced Neighbor, and Broken System: Chicago Is Failing Our Children
My mother stood over me as I lay quivering in my small bed. “Turn over,” she growled, with the belt poised. When I refused she said, “If you don’t turn over, I will hit you on your face.” I was no older than seven, and I had no choice. As the hard leather of the... Read more »

Sex & Marriage: Are You a Withholder Too?

Sex & Marriage: Are You a Withholder Too?
Sex and marriage. It should go together like a horse and carriage, right? Not always, apparently. In the last couple of weeks, I notice that I’m kind of avoiding sex. Well, more than kind of. I’m definitely avoiding sex. In the time it takes to say “multiple orgasms,” I’ve gone from hot to trot to ‘Sorry,... Read more »

Alicia Stanley, Trayvon Martin's Stepmother, Finally Speaks Out

Alicia Stanley, Trayvon Martin's Stepmother, Finally Speaks Out
Like millions across the nation, I’ve been intently following the story of Trayvon Martin, the teenager shot by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. With the trial now underway, I’m eager to know: why did George Zimmerman ignore the 911 operator’s advice and pursue Martin? And if Trayvon threw the first punch, will jurors conclude... Read more »
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