Reading Time: 2 minutes As a feminist, I have a knee-jerk reaction against women who say there’s no need for feminism. I get that internalized oppression is a thing, but I see it resurfacing in responses to the Women’s March, and it bothers me.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Sexual desire has been normalized (for white heterosexual men) in the sex education of the past few decades. Here’s why it’s a problem.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Part of learning to communicate involves learning to set boundaries. That’s different than tone policing, though. Here’s why.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Donald Trump may well have simply given up on this election. One can only hope. But he asked a question today during a speech that reveals much about his mindset and worldview–and where he sees himself in relation to other people.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Fundagelicals and Republicans alike went into full damage-control mode the second this tape surfaced. They rightly sensed what a complete, unmitigated disaster it represented for their standard-bearer–and their own image. And as they panicked, so did Billy Bush. Remember, though he comes from a very religious family, he’s not terribly fervent. But Donald Trump’s supporters sure are. So both his and their responses are going to look very familiar.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Very little sex knowledge is worth having faith in. My atheist and scholarly principles guide me toward the good stuff, which I try to share with others.
Reading Time: 3 minutes If we’re going to talk about sexual consent and pleasure, we also need to talk about the messages aimed at masculine-identifying folks.
Reading Time: 8 minutes People in thrall to a broken system often believe that if they follow the system’s rules, they’ll be safe from victimization. You’ve likely heard the rationalizations: if you don’t want trouble, then simply show respect to those in authority. Don’t cause waves and you won’t go aground on rocks. Those people who were hurt must have done something wrong, but if you don’t do anything wrong then you’re safe.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Objectification isn’t new, but it keeps rearing its oh-so-prettily-framed head in advertising, the media, and activism.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Trauma fragments people, and as a result fragments their narratives. What are some strategies to understand, and heal, in these situations?