Positive Philosophy & Feminist Friendship – My work over the past several years

Many people around me have been so incredibly supportive lately by encouraging me to write more. I can't believe it's been four years since I got a job after grad school, and thus, four years since I've been in the practice of regular, philosophical writing. It's been a good but somewhat confusing space - I … Continue reading Positive Philosophy & Feminist Friendship – My work over the past several years

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Fondue Conversion Therapy and How I Learned to Eat

At eight years old, I read my encyclopedia before bed and some of my favorite television shows were Dateline, Primetime Live, and 20/20. Apparently, I was a precocious child who loved learning about things like how light waves work, as well as shocking tactics predators are using to abduct children in your neighborhood. My sick taste in television also introduced me to … Continue reading Fondue Conversion Therapy and How I Learned to Eat

Ask Me About My Abortion. Then Ask the People Closest to You.

* I'm a proud and avid supporter of Planned Parenthood for the many necessary and safe services they provide. I volunteered a bit for Planned Parenthood while in high school, and they provided me with affordable birth control then and in college. In graduate school, I found myself sitting in the waiting room of my local  … Continue reading Ask Me About My Abortion. Then Ask the People Closest to You.

Maria Bamford Is My Muse Out of This Black Hole

There's no easy way to get into this post. It's been two years since I've blogged on a consistent basis. Sure, I published a couple of things here and there (...a video of me not-really-telling the story about the time I was raped; a vaguely self-helpish essay about metaphorical seeds we could be planting during times of comfort to aid … Continue reading Maria Bamford Is My Muse Out of This Black Hole

Seeds Already There

On the surface, I get the appeal of highlighting moments that signal a stark separation between recent ends and new beginnings. Enduring long enough to realize those separating moments can make them feel like monumental achievements. For instance, a dissertation defense. A cross-country move. A new job. A new relationship. Another calendar year. (According to some metrics, … Continue reading Seeds Already There

On Loving Keira Knightley’s Boobs Almost As Much As My Own

On Thursday night, every potential status update came out wrong: "I have always loved Keira Knightley's breasts, but now that she's exposed them, I love them even more." Nope. "Seeing Keira Knightley's un-photoshopped boobs confirms my early adoration of them." True, but still nope. "Hey, I look like Keira Knightley!" Uhhhhh... no. I didn't want to make it sound … Continue reading On Loving Keira Knightley’s Boobs Almost As Much As My Own