Why I’m Torn About One Billion Rising
Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Women and Gender

Why I’m Torn About One Billion Rising

As a domestic violence survivor, I’m torn about One Billion Rising. Founded by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, it’s a global campaign for people to come together and dance, to “call for an end to violence” against women. I appreciate media and events raising gender violence awareness. But there are fundamental societal problems One Billion Rising simply doesn’t address that it should. Continue reading

Do Women’s Reasons for Having Abortions Matter? No…and Yes, and Here’s Why
Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Reproductive Rights / Women and Gender

Do Women’s Reasons for Having Abortions Matter? No…and Yes, and Here’s Why

Originally published at Fem2pt0. About 10 years ago, I moved in with my boyfriend at the time. Should have been exciting, right? No. While things between us were good at first, he quickly turned abusive. Arguments rapidly escalated as he punched me in the stomach, kicked me and tried to choke me. I knew I … Continue reading

Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Equal Pay / LGBTQ / Politics / Race / Women and Gender

Paid Sick Leave Impacts Women, Women of Color, LGBTQ Families & Domestic Violence Survivors — And Why We Must Pass It Now

When I worked at Harvard, I had phenomenal benefits, including paid sick leave. Outstanding. Stupendous. But when I stopped and thought about it, I realized it was the only job I ever held that did offer paid sick time. Having worked in retail and for small banks, sure I could take time off if I … Continue reading

Advertising / Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Women and Gender

Two New Domestic Violence PSAs Shed Light On an Often Hidden Epidemic

Originally published at Fem2pt0. Fashion magazines often utilize sexualized images of violence to objectify, exploit and subjugate women. In the recent disgusting spread “Victim of Beauty,” Bulgarian fashion magazine 12 replicated domestic abuse survivors’ wounds. In Vogue Italia’s horrific BP oil-themed spread and Gucci’s appalling dead women in the desert, we witness the media’s continual … Continue reading

Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / TV / Women and Gender

Actor Loretta Devine’s Appalling Defense of Chris Brown’s Domestic Abuse of Rihanna

I have to admit, I’m pretty much addicted to Bravo. I especially adore the adorbs Andy Cohen and his nightly talk show Watch What Happens Live. While the show is great for a silly laugh, I was disturbed by something that happened last week. Last Tuesday, Cohen asked guest Loretta Devine about Chris Brown since … Continue reading