Pain and Rage, Anger and Empathy

Or, Why I Can’t Get Out of Bed After Yesterday’s Kavanaugh Hearings and What I’m Trying To Do About It. Before I say anything else I want to simply express gratitude to Dr. Blasey Ford for testifying yesterday, for telling her story under oath and in public, and for doing so despite her admitted terror. […]

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#WhyIDidntReport

Opting not to report our sexual assaults to the police does not prohibit us from telling our stories in other forums and at other times. . . . Storytelling is a transformative method for driving social change and may get us farther by sparking the kinds of ongoing conversations needed to instill norms and values of consent, respect, and equity in a culture that desperately needs them.

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No False Choices

I was reading with interest about the recent vote by California’s legislature to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Just as nobody should be free to take the life of another, nobody should be forced to live in pain when they no longer wish to. Opponents to the bill based their opposition on the concern that “death with dignity” laws […]

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Sharing Power: Buffy, Birthdays and Books

Yesterday Sophie Gilbert published an essay at TheAtlantic.com celebrating the 18th anniversary of the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She describes the ways in which Buffy represented a conventional teen hero (pretty, blond, athletic), and then all the many ways in which Buffy the character and Buffy the television show were subversive in the sheer joy they […]

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