October 20, 2018

While I’m thrilled that we’re finally having an extended conversation about violence against women on a larger cultural scale, I also want to talk about the reasons behind said violence, focusing on two major reasons for men to hate women. Read more

October 18, 2018

I’m off to the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society (AFS), and unlike last year when I presented on a bunch of hilarious (and socially relevant) Biden memes, this year I’m talking about sexual assault. Woohoo, party! Read more

October 8, 2018

I am glad to see so many more people using the phrase toxic masculinity, due to recent *cough* Kavanaugh *cough* events in the U.S. However, if calling masculinity toxic sounds a tad glib, I’m here with a solution: use the more scholarly term. Read more

September 29, 2018

I want to tell people to normalize trauma, as in information about trauma and discussions of trauma, but I don’t want to come across as saying trauma is normal (though it’s common) or trauma SHOULD be normal (because it shouldn’t). But alas, it is, especially right now. Read more

September 4, 2018

Yes, there’s a day dedicated to sexual health worldwide. What does sexual health mean to you? Here I provide some reflections of my own. Read more

August 31, 2018

No, trigger warnings are not just for overly sensitive snowflakes. Here’s a metaphor to explain why I use them, and like to receive the same courtesy from others. Read more

August 29, 2018

As I write this, my heart is pounding, and I know it’s because of fairly minor things that happened in my life, but that doesn’t change the fact: trauma is trauma, because that’s how we’re wired. Long-time readers will know that I’m not into biological essentialism or determinism, or, feminist goddesses forbid, evolutionary psychology. So it’s rare that I say something is hard-wired. Well, unfortunately trauma is one of those exceptions. Trauma is the experience and aftermath of being in… Read more

August 25, 2018

There’s a lot of teaching in my future. Good thing I enjoy it and am good at it, right? Read more

July 21, 2018

Before you get angry, or indignant, or self-righteous, bear with me. This blog post is probably not going where you think it is going. Read more

July 19, 2018

And it’s a FEMINIST writing award, which feels incredibly validating given that my earliest brushes with fiction, both reading and writing it, were infused from the start with an awareness of how gender inequality pervades society. Read more

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