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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Evaluation – what does that word bring up for you?

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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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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the messages that children receive from the world around them.  In our primary prevention work, we attempt to stop or counteract the negative messaging that bombards young people every day.

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 Dear Engaged Bystander:  For more than a year, I have focused this bystander blog on preventing sexual violence. As I complete this last blog entry, I hope to offer an equally compelling argument for us to extend bystander intervention AFTER the abuse has been perpetrated.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  This is Part II of my interview with Jackson Katz
 
Joan: What is your vision for creating that institutional change?
 

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