#believewomen

TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.   Tonight, I am angry. I’m actually feeling a whole lot of things but I’m reading the news for the first time in a few days...

Responding to Hate Speech

  “Here’s what I believe: 1. If you are offended or hurt when you hear Hillary Clinton or Maxine Waters called bitch, whore, or the c-word, you should be equally offended and hurt when you hear those same words used to describe Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, or Theresa May. 2....

“I Believe You and I’m Sorry”

Women (and some men) are using social media to share some of their most painful memories. Please believe them. Most people have a moment (or 12) in their lives when they realize, “I was wrong”. Right now might be one of those moments for you.  As women (and men) are...

When You Lose Your Voice

TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.   I was a good student in school. I didn’t hang out with people after school very often. I had never been around alcohol before college....

I’m Not Racist, but…

I have gone through 3 stages of racism: Stage 1- “I’m not racist, but….” My elementary school, middle school, high school and college were all overwhelmingly white. Each school taught almost exclusively white history. The churches my family attended were either completely white, or almost completely white. When I went...

Noah’s Ark is Not An Appropriate Story for Children

I am really selective about the stories I read to my children. Are they well written? Are they funny? Are they helpful? Do we enjoy reading them together? Are they age appropriate? Who decided that Noah’s ark is an appropriate story for children? I totally dropped the ball on this...

Tell Me More About That

One of my favorite parts of college was when I was able to live off campus my senior year with my aunt. She is a strong, smart and amazing woman and I feel so lucky that I had the chance to spend that time with her. She taught me a phrase...

One Conversation Isn’t Enough

“Did you wash your hands?” “oh!! No! I forgot” “alright go wash them” 30 seconds later “okay, they are clean” “soap?” “oh! I forgot!!” I have this conversation at least 15 times a day. One conversation about equality, about sexuality, about human rights, it isn’t enough. I have to constantly...

My grandpa 

My grandpa is probably going to die soon. I’m in denial. My mom sends me pictures when she visits him on the weekends and it’s hard for me to connect the man I see with the man in my memories. He taught me how to play poker when I was...

Like if you agree

Apparently some people are outraged. I know, I was surprised too. A thing happened and a whole mess of people freaked out. The thing is a super big deal and the whole world needs to know about it yesterday, because we are all probably going to die, or ruin our...