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A Love Letter to My Fellow Rape Survivors Part 2: Your Stories Edition

When I posted “Rape Culture 101: A Love Letter to My Fellow Rape Survivors” within hours, friends, loved ones, and strangers flooded my inbox with personal messages telling their own stories of rape, abuse, and assault.  Within less than 24 hours, I had enough men and women contact me or publicly post their own stories I felt it necessary to write another piece.  I could write an entire book with the number of stories I’ve received since this posting. 

When I posted “Rape Culture 101: A Love Letter to My Fellow Rape Survivors” within hours, friends, loved ones, and strangers flooded my inbox with personal messages telling their own stories of rape, abuse, and ...

The Owen Labrie Verdict and the Curse of the Good Girl

Last Friday, a jury found Owen Labrie, a former New Hampshire prep school student, not guilty of felony rape of a then-15 year old freshmen girl but was found guilty of statutory rape due to the girl’s age. According to the verdict, Labrie and the girl did have sex but it was consensual.

Last Friday, a jury found Owen Labrie, a former New Hampshire prep school student, not guilty of felony rape of a then-15 year old freshmen girl but was found guilty of statutory rape due to the girl’s age. ...

The Misguided Logic behind ‘Meninism’

It’s easy to become disillusioned with feminism. It’s easy to shrug the entire ideal off with a nonchalant, self confident roll of the eyes which articulates your belief that it just shouldn’t be a thing anymore. It’s easy to sigh that it just isn’t needed. I mean, we’re not hurling ourselves under horses anymore or being force fed through a drip in violent protest, are we?

It’s easy to become disillusioned with feminism. It’s easy to shrug the entire ideal off with a nonchalant, self confident roll of the eyes which articulates your belief that it just shouldn’t be a thing anymore. It’s easy to ...

Image features a masculine presenting person wearing a yellow shirt and blue shorts standing next to a feminine presenting person meant to be a woman wearing no clothing with doll-like joints on her hips and elbows.

My Thoughts On Sexual Objectification — can it ever be positive?

Sexual objectification has, in recent years, become an increasingly popular topic of divisive controversy and critical debate — one that has initiated in myself a wealth of thoughts and ideas as I attempt to work out my standpoint — as a (male) feminist.

Sexual objectification has, in recent years, become an increasingly popular topic of divisive controversy and critical debate — one that has initiated in myself a wealth of thoughts and ideas as I attempt to work out my ...

How can we make NCAA swimming more trans* inclusive?

A recent article in USA Today called out a salient problem in NCAA trans* inclusivity- schools that athletic departments are not being proactive in creating a welcoming environment for trans athletes. There are comprehensive recommendations available, and in some instances, schools have adopted their own trans student-athlete inclusion policy. But, even in rare instances in which a trans inclusive policy exists, these will not function as intended unless the institution actively moves to put them in place. Many programs cite not having any openly trans identified athletes, presuming that if they did, these policies would spring to life and become a reality. That is not the case, as education and spreading awareness take effort, and if steps ...

A recent article in USA Today called out a salient problem in NCAA trans* inclusivity- schools that athletic departments are not being proactive in creating a welcoming environment for trans athletes. There are comprehensive recommendations ...

Why Words Matter

I’m sure many of us heard it growing up, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” At least, for me, that was a mantra that I tried to internalize, and own. Many days, I hoped that if I said it enough times silently to myself that I would actually start to believe it. To my dismay, that really never happened. Words hurt, and I became conscious, at a very young age, of the words I used. Everyone has a voice, but it is how we use that voice that truly matters. This past year, as a first year graduate student of Religion at Yale University, I became increasingly aware of the importance of language ...

I’m sure many of us heard it growing up, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” At least, for me, that was a mantra that I tried to internalize, and own. ...

We Need To Talk About Later Abortion

In the wake of the attacks on Planned Parenthood, many people have noticed that the reproductive rights movement is often in a reactive, rather than proactive position. A lot of time is spent defending rights that already exist, rather than making gains.

In the wake of the attacks on Planned Parenthood, many people have noticed that the reproductive rights movement is often in a reactive, rather than proactive position. A lot of time is spent defending rights ...

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