American actress Amber Tamblyn wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times titled I’m Done With Not Being Believed about a month ago. The gist of it is this: Tamblyn mentioned on Twitter that when she was 16, actor James Woods (who is 36 years her senior) tried to take Tamblyn and a friend to … Continue reading Why Don’t Women Report?
A letter to my newborn niece, Winifred Virginia. Born on September 22, 2017. Dear little Winnie, Looking back on my 23 years of life, there are few moments as joyful as the day of your birth. I felt an inexplicable sense of gratefulness as I held you and looked into your eyes for the very … Continue reading What Every Little Girl Should Know: A letter to my newborn niece
Reaching Europe represents the realization of a seemingly impossible dream for the millions of refugees fleeing conflict throughout the world. This dream can turn out to be less ideal than they may have hoped. Refugee camps throughout Europe are plagued with violence. While this violence affects all refugees living in camps, the primary victims are … Continue reading Female Refugees in Europe
I recently returned from a 2-month stay in Toulouse, France in a last-ditch effort to improve my lackluster ability to speak French. I passed two men as I walked home one evening in July. I could see from the corner of my eye that they quickly checked me out and deemed me worthy of a … Continue reading Sexual Harassment in France
Sometimes referred to as the world’s oldest profession, prostitution has a long history of abusing women. In addition to generally poor working conditions and unfair wage distribution between pimps and prostitutes, sex trafficking and child prostitution further the injustices of prostitution. The increased political focus on human rights point activists and policymakers to prostitution as … Continue reading The Abuse in Prostitution
I experienced my first conscious encounter with rape culture as an eleven-year-old. I was leaving class one day when I heard one of my classmates say to a couple of her friends, “Mr. Jones* is such a perv! He totally looks down my shirts!” Her friends agreed, and they continued angrily discussing similar studies as … Continue reading The Insidious Reality of Rape Culture
I remember as a child thinking my grandma, or Meme we called her, was invincible. I would watch in awe as she seemed to seamlessly switch into different roles at the snap of a finger, morphing from grandma into businesswoman, into head of the household, or into a Sunday School teacher. The woman wore a … Continue reading Remembering Where We Came from and Looking Ahead to Where We Want to Be