Tag: Serious Shit

21 reasons women have sex they don't want instead of saying no

21 reasons women have sex they don't want instead of saying no
I thought that after the “Cat Person” story everyone understood why women sometimes go through with sexual encounters they don’t want rather than just saying no. Apparently I was wrong, and the debate continues. In an attempt to help, here are 21 reasons why a women might have sex she doesn’t want rather than saying... Read more »

Tragedy comes in all sizes

There has been a lot of tragedy in the news lately: Hurricane Harvey, the earthquake in Mexico, and Hurricane Maria to name a few. But tragedy isn’t always big and newsworthy. Sometimes it doesn’t flood a city, destroy buildings, or devastate an island. Sometimes tragedy is closer to home. Sometimes it only impacts a close circle of... Read more »

Don't just "Look for the helpers." Be one.

The flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey has revived what has become a classic social media cliche in the wake of a disaster: The Mr. Rogers’ quote, “Look for the helpers.” The sentiment is usually paired with images of professional or amateur emergency responders in action. The messages are hopeful. They say even though... Read more »
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America: Here there be Nazis

As you can see by the blinking “You Are Here” arrow on this interactive map, you are inside the United States of America. Warning: Here there be Nazis. This most recent update to this application has included this as a standard warning for all points within the United States. The color of the warning indicates... Read more »

The Chicago murder rate is tired and wants some time off

Hey, boss. Thanks for seeing me. No, I don’t mind if you eat your lunch while I talk. Is that from downstairs? It smells good. Anyway, I have a personal request. I hope it’s okay. I was wondering if I could take the end of the year off. Like a sabbatical. I have some vacation... Read more »

The news is awful, so I'm wearing pink

I woke up this morning with a headache. I don’t know why. I went to bed relatively early. I had not been drinking. Perhaps my head had already intuited that the cycle of horrible news followed by terrible news followed by awful news would not be broken today. I woke up to news of police... Read more »
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Transgender people deserve #MoreThanVisibility

Transgender people deserve #MoreThanVisibility
Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility (#TDOV), but visibility is not enough. Despite the popularity of shows like Transparent and Orange is the New Black and despite the public transitions of celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and the Wachowskis, LBGT rights in many places continue to erode. Prejudice and harassment continue. The transgender community needs... Read more »

My neighborhood mosque

My neighborhood mosque
There is a mosque in my neighborhood. Sometimes it makes me nervous. Sometimes I purposefully walk on the other side of the street to avoid walking too close, or I choose a path that avoids that block altogether. There is a mosque in my neighborhood. I’m not nervous about the people who go to the... Read more »

Support Donna Day for more birthdays, less childhood cancer

We celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday this weekend, which makes this an awkward time to write a Donna Day post. Donna Day is a day to celebrate a young girl named Donna, but Donna never got to celebrate her 5th birthday. Donna died when she was four. Donna had cancer. Yes, this is a post about... Read more »
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Why say Jared Fogle had "sex with minors" but Molly Shattuck "raped?"

Former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to 48 weekends in jail for raping a teenage boy. Most headlines about the case use that word: rape. This is correct because sex with a minor is statutory rape. Period. Why then do headlines about Jared Fogle use the terms “underage sex” or “sex with... Read more »