survival
You may have heard my story, thanks to Anonymous who trended #justice4daisy. I'm not done fighting yet.
comic books
If you’re not threatened with rape, you’re told you’re not qualified, you’re not good enough, you’re not welcome here.
gender
Nothing quite gets to me like walking into a restaurant or store and being greeted with, “Hello, Ladies,” especially when the person I’m with is male identified.
class issues
I'm poor enough that I have to choose between food and toilet paper, but not poor enough for food stamps, apparently.
issues
Meeting Jeff was a turning point, because he made me realise that racists are not just overblown caricatures of evil but come in every shape and form, and sometimes you trust them enough to get into bed with them, only to be subject to their attacks.
in

Aug 21, 2013 at 2:00pm | 567 comments

botox
I know it's not youth-culture-worshipping-approved, but I will be the first to tell you that I will be 40 in three years. I am not "perpetually 30," and I'm just fine with getting a little help from Botox along the way.
in

Jan 25, 2013 at 9:00am | 533 comments

race
I never expected to go home with him for the holidays this year, nor did I expect any of our kisses to begin with Kay. But as much as I’ve seen photos of his family members and know their names, I did kind of expect that at least one of them might come to know mine.
issues
Unfortunately, according to their owner, that's NEVER going to happen. (The all caps are his.)
issues
Reason #1: It is a movie whose plot hinges on the very real dangers of illegal abortion.
vagina vagina vagina
I hate to admit that I was jealous of a three year old. Even writing it now I feel ashamed.
jobs
It’s hard not to drop the laundry basket and ask, “What the hell am I doing here?”
sexual attention
I DO find sexual attention immensely validating, and that plays into everything from the way I dress to my choice of career.
game of thrones
Watching the horrifying scene was painful, but I felt confident that it would spark some sort of online discussion about rape. It did -- but not the one I was expecting.
issues
Women look sexy and feel sexy when they're being themselves. If a dude is turned off by my bold lip, wait until he gets a load of my bold personality.
in

Mar 1, 2012 at 3:40pm | 315 comments

99 problems
Christina Aguilera says "99 Problems" is derogatory toward women, everybody feels a little guilty for loving it so much.
pets
Do you spend tons on your pets? Or do you think spending lots of money on animals is ridiculous?
issues
Pretty much anytime someone I know lands a new book deal, after my initial feelings of being incredibly happy for them have abated, I think, “LESLEY WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU LESLEY WHY HAVEN’T YOU SOLD A SECOND BOOK YET LESLEY.” This is Erfolgtraurigkeit.
issues
I'm a huge advocate of women talking about money -- and their salaries specifically -- loudly and publicly as a means of fighting the gender wage gap.
in

Jun 20, 2012 at 3:00pm | 288 comments

rape
Making the point that people with jobs in journalism have no business speculating about the truthfulness of rape allegations is well worth losing some steady work over.
health insurance
I am paying $130 per month for the privilege of not getting health care.
in

Feb 14, 2014 at 11:00am | 242 comments

pregnancy
But what about that dark-skinned black woman in their promotional video?! What about the picture of that black midwife hanging on their wall?!
abortions