December 10, 2018

News is circulating about the teenager Cyntoia Brown, who was trafficked into sex work and managed to escape by killing her captor. She will remain in captivity for over 50 years as a result of the court ruling. Is this how our society wants to support victims of sex trafficking? Read more

December 4, 2018

Imagine a culture where sex is viewed as transactional, and yet no one ever receives the proper education to help them talk about and negotiate for sex. Imagine that one gender bears the brunt of the responsibility for sex, being seen alternately as tempting sluts to ravish or innocent virgins to protect until marriage, all without any support for reproductive rights. Guess which gender is more likely to be traumatized? Read more

November 16, 2018

I just taught a workshop for a local group on diversity and inclusivity, heavily focused on race and ethnicity. There was some ambivalence on my part, but also, it was totally the right thing to do. Here’s why. Read more

October 29, 2018

I’ve been researching transgender identities and issues for over a decade, so I’m appalled at the U.S. government’s erasure of them on its official websites. Here’s why you should be up in arms too. Read more

October 27, 2018

I am livid at the news of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, but even moreso at Trump’s suggestion that places of worship wouldn’t be as vulnerable if they had armed guards. Are conservative Christians on board with this, given the so-called war on Christianity? Read more

October 25, 2018

I’ve been attending AFS for about 15 years, and while it’s always a fun and intellectually exhilarating time, this year’s conference spoke to so many of my interests – from narrative to #MeToo – that I had a really stellar experience there. Read more

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

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