I don’t remember how Monument 14 (2012), a debut novel by Emmy Laybourne came across my recommended reading pile, but I’m glad it did. Monument 14 is a post-apocalyptic young adult (YA) novel set in Monument, Colorado in the near future. In the story, we follow 14 youth (between 5 years old and probably 17 […]Read more "Book Review: Monument 14"
I’m tired of street harassment. There is no other way to put it. I’m tired of writing about it, and of talking about it, and especially of talking about it to people who don’t get it and aren’t especially interested in getting it. I’m tired to explaining it to people who are happy to blame […]Read more "Emotional Labor & Street Harassment"
Here’s the scene: The camera pans over a neighborhood at dusk. There’s the ice cream/coffee shop, the community garden. There is the neighborhood god, which isn’t a boy making perfect three-pointers in the pocket park, but the Greek god painted on the side of a building in a swirl of blues and purples. There is […]Read more "Bystander Effect"
There are times I don’t want to put a CW on things, because I know that the folks I most want to see it will probably opt out, because their privilege allows them to do so. And then I think about all my lovely folks I wouldn’t want to hurt by a sudden dump of […]Read more "[sex object]"
Gaslighting occurs when someone works to undermine someone else’s reality. We can see it happening on a systematic level or on an interpersonal level; we can see it happening unintentionally and unintentionally. But, here’s the thing about gaslighting: it lasts long after you’ve gotten out of the situation. Three years ago, I lived in a […]Read more "Gaslighting, a Bed Time Story"