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Disability and rape on the hospital ward

3 September, 2015 // 0 Comments

Content note: This piece discusses rape and sexual assault in medical contexts, though not in graphic detail.  Reading statistics on rape and disability is sometimes akin to being plunged into a pit of fire for me. The statistics are so grim, even ...

In the garden: Humid

1 September, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s the thing. California is in XTREME TINDER BOX mode, difficulty level HARD, and yet somehow, August managed to be humid. Like, hella humid. So humid that being indoors or outdoors was an exercise in suffering, everything I wore was ...

No, actually, all opinions do not matter

31 August, 2015 // 0 Comments

Several months ago, the New York Times posted a really dreadful opinion editorial on the subject of Caitlyn Jenner. The author apparently felt herself to be an authority on the subject of femininity, what womanhood looks like, and how women like ...

So you still want to marry a millionaire

29 August, 2015 // 0 Comments

A few years ago, I wrote on the enduring genre of millionaire fantasy romance. Girl meets wealthy boy, boy sweeps her off her feet, girl marries boy, girl lives happily ever after as kept woman in lavish household. The outline is more or less always ...

California as dust bowl

27 August, 2015 // 0 Comments

The news that California was ‘running out of water’ and would be out of water in a year sparked considerable discussion this year—unfortunately, the representation wasn’t quite accurate. The state is facing a major drought, it ...

Dealing with pronoun slips

26 August, 2015 // 0 Comments

I was hanging out with some friends recently playing games and eating food and generally enjoying life when I made a pronoun slip. Reflecting back, I’m not sure if I slurred her pronoun, or just unconsciously and reflexively used the wrong ...

Why people don’t report: Testimony

25 August, 2015 // 0 Comments

There’s a strong cultural pressure surrounding rape victims/survivors and reporting: You’re a bad person if you don’t report, if the rapist does it again it’s your fault, why wouldn’t you want the rapist to be punished, ...
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