strong-womanIn the past, I’ve used New Year’s as an opportunity to take a hard look at my life and things that I want to change about it. More often than not, this involved dieting, budgeting, and goals that involved pants sizes. In 2014, I’m making a different kind of resolution.

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Dear Santa,

I’ve decided to write out my very own grown up Christmas list, focusing on the things that I believe will help to end gender violence.

Safe, affordable housing for every person

An end to racist aggressions, big and small

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holiday-mealSome of my most favorite holiday memories involve sharing meals with my loved ones. I love everything about it—smelling good things, tasting favorite family recipes, bright holiday decorations, and so much joyful laughter (sprinkled with realistic, nagging, teasing sibling exchanges).

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young-girl-toy-trainI’ve recently had the terrifying experience of gift shopping for a few little feminists in my life. Of course, I went into it with a plan. I was going to get fun but educational toys that didn’t confine my tiny friends to traditional gender roles. Sounds simple enough, right?

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Driving home yesterday to some of my favorite Christmas jams, I heard the announcement that Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. Not surprised or sad, I thought that if anyone deserves a rest it’s probably him. Truly, his work and commitment to ending racial oppression in South Africa seems like a beacon of hope for how broken societies can heal.

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In the (gross) article 5 Reasons to Date a Girl with an Eating Disorder (please note that the general tone of the content on this site is disturbing--please practice self care), the author shares some perspectives on the “benefits” of dating a person with an eating disorder. I will offer a fast reaction to this infuriating article, and then share some actual facts that you might even find to be useful (Warning: the time spent reading the original article may not be).

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International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) will be marked on Wednesday November 20.  It’s a hard day, but so valuable in anti-transphobic activism. On this day around the world, activist communities will hold ceremonies that honor and remember the trans folk who were murdered during the course of the past year.

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Resource-fall-winter-2013-coverWe asked Maj. Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar questions about military sexual assault. Below are some of her answers.

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In a recent article Matthew Peyton wrote about a U.K. barrister’s position that conversations about accountability for rape are sanitized. She expressed the opinion that victims hold some moral responsibility for the rapes perpetrated against them. I call this victim-blaming. As such, I’ve decided to rewrite this commentary.

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mom-hugging-teen-sonYep, you heard me. Hug ‘em—especially the queer ones.

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