Recently, a friend posted about an experience with street harassment on social media. Most people expressed support for my friend through stories of solidarity and validating her* experience. However, one person — a man — suggested that she forgive the man who harassed her because he “knew not what he does.” I call bullshit. That […]Read more "On Men Suggesting Women Forgive Men for Harassing Them"
The first time someone directly told me to check my privilege on something I was new to learning about, I balked. I turned argumentative, and relied on academic arguments (specifically linguistics) to support my defensiveness. I didn’t want to hear what they had to say. They, because they loved me enough to do so, continued […]Read more "Conversations about Privilege and Guilt"
I don’t know what to say about the Umpqua Community College shooting. I was in the office when a co-worker read the news from their phone. “A shooter open fire at a community college in Oregon. There are a lot of fatalities,” my co-worker announced. The office hung with silence. I don’t know how this […]Read more "UCC Shooting, Violence in America, and Trauma Responses"