This blog post was originally developed for my dear friend at the Resource Sharing Project, who was collecting editorials to submit to Iowa newspapers. When I asked if I could also share it here, she said "Send it to every paper and blog across the land!" With that in mind, if you do decide to share it, please connect back to the source and give credit to Ali Mailen Perrotto and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

To the editor,

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little-girl-dressed-up-as-princessIt’s not what you think. Everybody knows that the beloved Disney princess genre has its problems.

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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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The morning plenary session at the National Sexual Assault Conference erupted in a group chant that sent chills up my spine. "Si se puede!" led by speaker Dolores Huerta. The power of 1400 voices rising together, believing that ending sexual violence is possible, made the struggles, frustrations, and doubts throughout the year worthwhile.

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On Tuesday afternoon members of our staff stumbled upon the images of Chris Brown’s new tattoo.

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side view of pregnant woman holding stomachIf you are reading this, there’s a new baby in the world. This feminist has been gestating another little feminist for a while now, and you can take this as an official announcement to the blogosphere that we can add one more to the numbers.

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In systems of oppression, it’s common to use words to degrade or breakdown members of the oppressed group. Working to dismantle these systems may involve efforts to reclaim a word. While this has happened time and again in a variety of outlets, it seems like there is never consensus on whether or not reclaiming words is appropriate. I thought I’d spend some time presenting a few of these words and a bit about their reclamation.

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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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picture of notes on flip chart paperOk, so, I confess. I’m not really a techie. I think I would more accurately describe myself as a groupie to techies, or a tag-a-long little sister to techies. I think tech stuff is super cool. I really like learning about it, and talking about it, and brainstorming ways to harness technology for the greater good.

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As we watch the trial happenings in Steubenville, Ohio this week, I’m stuck on the role that social media played in this case.

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