Boys Next Door

CW: Sexual Assault. Also, I speak in gender essentialist language in this post; however these types of violences do occur for people who do not identify as women. Earlier this month, I read Jessica Valenti’s piece in The New York Times, “What Does a Lifetime of Leers Do to Us?” In it, she talks about […]

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Why People Should Stop Saying Homeless People Have an Entitlement Problem

CW: Homelessness Someone I know recently called people who are experiencing homelessness “entitled.” Context: A person wearing business casual was walking down a crowded outdoor mall in the middle of the day. A person experiencing homelessness interacted with Business Casual in some way–and then attacked Business Casual with a bear hug from behind as the […]

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How Biking Opened My Heart

[T]he world will come at you with knives anyway. You do not need to beat them to it. – Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl I became a bike commuter in 2008, when I moved to a place where the roads were wide and shouldered. It felt like I could see forever, because the […]

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I was recently training at my self-defense training gym, doing a drill where someone walked right at us and either pulled a knife or brushed past us. I had trouble standing still for the drill because if someone is walking right at me, I will move out of the way. It is a learned behavior […]

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