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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ball-and-chainThe Walk Free Foundation recently released its very first Global Slavery Index. This report documents the prevalence of modern day slavery across 162 countries worldwide.

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Eons ago in the beginning of 2013, I wrote a blog post about the Steubenville case. I lamented that 2012 was not the end of rape, and hoped beyond hope that it would be 2013. Alas, there’s still rape. Even more frustrating is the fact that another football town failed at responding to the needs of a victim of sexual violence.

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When was the last time you asked for a raise?

[crickets chirping?]

Some of you may be snorting…or laughing…or completely dismayed by this question. You may be working at organizations that “don’t have it in the budget this year” or “have to ask staff to take a cut to keep everyone on” or, most recently, “the government shutdown will prevent your funds from being disbursed.”

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path-victim-survivor-quoteIn reflecting on the power and process of reclaiming words in an oppressive system, it only seems fitting to spend some time talking about movement-specific words and the choice to use them or avoid

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