This Guy Broke Up With His Girlfriend Using Only Memes (And I’m Not Laughing)

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[Content Note: Death Threats, Shootings, Violence Against Women]Sometimes I click on click-bait. I admit it. Sometimes I eat Taco Bell too. As you could probably guess, I often regret both shortly thereafter. I didn't eat a waffle taco this morning, but I did click on that story that's been going around about Kane Zipperman, teenage guy who broke up with his girlfriend using memes.And yes, I regretted it.At first I just closed the tab and rolled my eyes and went about my day as … [Read more...]

We teach boys to abuse women. We teach girls that abuse = attraction.

When I was in elementary school, a group of boys in my class liked to pick on me. Sometimes they got really mean, and it bothered me, so I told on them. The teacher I talked to told me that they were "just being boys," and that they were probably doing it "because they like you!"When I was a freshman in college, I went to a church on Father's Day that preached a message about how to raise your sons. The pastor stated that there was something wrong with any boy who plays with Barbie dolls. Not … [Read more...]

Women matter.

I was at a rock concert last week and a stranger felt me up. I froze for several seconds--couldn't breathe, couldn't move as those hands moved up and down my waist. Finally, I found the courage to elbow the person in the stomach. Then, I went to the bathroom and cried and ended up missing half of The Darkness singing "Love on the Rocks with No Ice."But a week later, I can still feel those hands. Every time I sit down to write. Every time I look in the mirror. Every time I have a positive … [Read more...]

So, what about the men?

1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by age 18.*1 in 33 men will be experience completed or attempt rape in his lifetime.*52% of gay men will experience coercion from a partner*22% of male prison inmates will be raped during their incarceration**Out of all the victims of murder by an intimate partner, about 1/4 are male.***Even as victims, men who leave abusive female partners have a high risk of losing custody of their children.****And, even though it is estimated that men make up … [Read more...]

Here’s to the men!

Last week, I participated in my university's "Take Back the Night" event.We held a rally and a march in which we spoke out against rape and violence against women. Then, we held a speak out in which women shared their stories and their reasons for participating in "Take Back the Night."It was a poignant, sobering, empowering, comforting, enlightening, beautiful night.Although I thoroughly enjoyed marching through fraternity row carrying signs and shouting, "Stop the silence, end the … [Read more...]

The subtle signs of relationship abuse

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.Are you aware of domestic violence?Of course you know it exists. Turn on Lifetime for five minutes and you'll figure that one out. But do we really understand what domestic violence looks like?When you think of an abusive relationship, you may think of physical violence, bruises, and yelling. But the fact is, in most cases, by the time these obvious symptoms appear, the abuse has probably been going on for while.The roots of domestic violence … [Read more...]


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