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Dating Companies Combat Ghosting

I have friends who've been ghosted. Heck, I'm married and I get ghosted all of the time by other parents who sign up to commit to something in my 4-H or homeschool groups and never tell me they're not going to show or offer an explanation later. It's super frustrating to be around other adults who can't seem to adult, but you move on. It's not fun, but it's not exactly as problematic in the dating world as, say, harassment, violence, coersion, and so forth.

Sexually Harassed Teen Punished at School

Did you hear about the student who was asked to put on another shirt at school because her form was "distracting" to the boys in class? Yes, she was pulled out of class for not wearing a bra, while the boys weren't pulled out to be told to stop ogling. It gets worse. When the 17-year-old put on another shirt, she was asked to "jump around" to see what it would look like before being told to put band-aids over her nipples from the school nurse.

Black Imaginary To Counter Hegemony

The lack of visibility of black women in history, from literature to art to just about everywhere, is just as glaring as it's ever been but some artists are making strides to change that. Artist Harmonia Rosales' beautiful work is reimagining famous pieces, such as Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" and Sandro Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," with the people she believes are least represented in history in place of white figures. 

When Women Hurt So Men Can Feel Good

Did you know that 30% of women report pain during vaginal sex and over 70% have pain during anal sex? The numbers are likely higher, given how many women "suck it up" and "take one for the team" with a partner. Many women experience anything from discomfort to outright excrutiating pain that can even last for days during consensual sex and their partners don't even know about it.

Just Stop It

A few nights ago I was writing about sexual violence in films for a topic that was so disturbing to me that I had to get up and walk away several times. I ended up getting so sick, not just with thoughts of my own experiences of sexual violence but of so, so many others, that it carried over into the next day. Then I read a news story that was so disgustingly brutal about a man who raped an overdosed teen and left her to die while laughingly texting his friends about it and I felt immobile and so sick to my stomach I could barely do anything that day.

Yes, Bad Sex is That Bad

Most women who are or have been sexually active seem to have at least one "bad sex" story, if not several. The pressure, the coersion (yep, that's rape), the pain and the gritting your teeth just to get through it only to cry in the shower or bleed or feel shame hours or days later or even for weeks at a time... It's something too many of us know too well yet none of us wants to discuss it.

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