Updating the Dictionary Is Not the End of the World

It’s that time of year. New words have been added to OxfordDictionaries.com, and the internet has lost its collective shit, again. Is this the downfall of society as we know it? Of course not. Updating the dictionary is a good thing, and here’s why we should be happy about the changes. Read More Updating the Dictionary Is Not the End of the World

OK, People, It’s Time to Calm Down About Target

Earlier this week, Target announced that they’ll be removing unnecessarily gender-specific signs and color-coded decorations from some departments, including the toy aisles and children’s bedding. Seems like a small change that shouldn’t be cause for any outrage, right? Alas, no. Target’s Facebook page is full of angry (and largely ungrammatical) posts from people vowing to never shop there again because they’re bowing to political correctness and ruining America. But is your shopping experience really going to change? Because I know I’ve never needed to look at the signs to figure out which bedding was being marketed toward girls vs. boys, and I doubt that most of the people protesting would have even noticed the changed signs if they hadn’t put out a press release.  Read More OK, People, It’s Time to Calm Down About Target

Why I Hate Cinco de Mayo

This post originally appeared on Persephone Magazine in 2012, but remains just as true today.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the battle of Puebla where the Mexican army defeated the French. It is barely celebrated in Mexico and I hate it; I hate it with a passion and I get irrationally angry when I see what a huge deal it is made out to be here in the U.S. Read More Why I Hate Cinco de Mayo

Baby Leo, Down Syndrome, and Our Collective Failure to See the Big Picture

At this point, nearly everybody has seen it. A New Zealander man, an Armenian woman, a baby with Down Syndrome, and a GoFundMe that showed that the world cares. Read More Baby Leo, Down Syndrome, and Our Collective Failure to See the Big Picture

The Right Way to React When Your Former Bandmate is Accused of Sexual Assault

Good, so now my childhood is only 25% destroyed.

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I Will Not Follow the Herd

[Original publication date: April 29. 2014]

I wish I had educated myself more before my first daughter was born. I can never undo my choices, and I will forever worry about the unnecessary danger I put her in, all the chemical exposure, the potentially life-threatening risks I put her through. Read More I Will Not Follow the Herd

Micro-aggressions, Cat-calling, and Triggers, Oh My! A Record of Harassment

[Original publication date: May 16, 2011]

(Trigger warnings:  offensive images, talk of sexual assault, sexually aggressive language)

Last week, Olivia wrote about the anger around the cat-call, saying, “Sometimes I feel like I have molten lava boiling right underneath the surface of my skin. It’s been building, and waiting, and accumulating all things toxic.” Read More Micro-aggressions, Cat-calling, and Triggers, Oh My! A Record of Harassment