Content warning for domestic violence and sexual assault, including graphic descriptions in some links. Early Sunday morning, a 24-year-old man brutally assaulted and murdered his 31-year-old girlfriend. The media is, problematically, labeling the actions as part of a “tequila-fueled rage” triggered by the woman allegedly calling out her ex’s name two times during sex. But […]Read more "Violence Against Women Isn’t About Alcohol"
Humans of New York is a kinda amazing cultural phenomenon of helping average folks put faces and stories together — a way of helping humanize people who are often overlooked — the very young, the very old, the homeless, the disabled, the foreign and the extravagant and the so perfectly average, whatever that means. It’s […]Read more "Confession of an Accidental Outreach Worker"
I wrote about street harassment recently, after a friend went on a text tirade about how he didn’t understand why people didn’t always respond when he said hello. He called them rude, among other choice complaints. This was one specific instance, but I’ve heard my (male, exclusively) friends talk about this enough times that I […]Read more "You’re breathing, what did you expect?"
“I loved and I loved. And I loved and I loved. And I loved, and I loved, til I ran out of love.” — “Pictures,” by Ewert and the Two Dragons I moved to my current city just over two years ago. Shortly after I moved into the city, I moved into a communal house […]Read more "Toxicity & Empathy"
Earlier this week, I helped plant 8,600 (well, really 8,599, since one broke) red flags into a portion of the lawn at a large metropolitan university. The flags are part of the Red Flag Campaign, which works to raise awareness about red flags in relationship violence on college campuses — where in 1 in 5 […]Read more "Red Flags & Relationship Violence"