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Difficult Girls, Difficult Women

Published at Women in Higher Education on May 6, 2018. Like Charles Wallace and Calvin, I watched Meg in awe because of her ferocity and anger, not in spite of it. She’s a difficult girl, like I was, and like so many of the women and girls I know and love. Meg and I were both difficult […]

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The Gender Politics of White Supremacy

Published at Women in Higher Education on April 4, 2018. While the Women’s March garnered press attention because of its progressive focus and unrepentant call for women’s rights, there’s an assumption, still, that women’s activism is somehow inherently progressive. And yet, women’s activism—some white women’s activism, in particular—isn’t about equality at all. Their activism, instead, is […]

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The Final Girl

Published at The Rumpus on March 13, 2018. For a while, I stopped watching horror movies altogether. I told myself I lost interest. The truth was too uncomfortable to bear: monsters only follow the rules in movies.

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Taking a Moment for Empathy

Published at Women in Higher Education on Feb. 27, 2018. My saving grace is that I’m not one for platitudes, so at least I didn’t tell these students that everything happens for a reason. It took practice and reflecting on how I felt when people didn’t acknowledge my own suffering to cultivate a better habit of empathy—to […]

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On Clothes and Class Anxiety

Published at Women in Higher Education on Feb. 3, 2018: But that day, I realized that my clothes were not quality, and my teacher, with her sad eyes assessing them, had already judged me and my parents for my cheap clothing. I never wore that outfit again.

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