dating
Making up for a relationship oopsie with a gift -- flowers, bling, fancy dinners -- is pretty much a romantic norm in our culture.
domestic violence
Real love between two healthy people respects boundaries, shares the burden of blame when things go wrong, and works to find a way to work things out without verbal abuse or rage.
kindness
She came out with this bag full of groceries, and told me that the food and milk was for the girls and me to eat over the next three days. I don’t remember a time in my life when I ever felt more grateful.
abusive relationships
rome
The day after we broke up, not only did he change the locks on our shared condo, he also emptied our bank accounts and left me drowning in debt.
damaged
name calling
The follow-up story to what happened after my friend's boyfriend completely unleashed on me.
guns
For every outraged indigence about "trampling" on the second amendment, with every word and breath, I am that young woman again, sitting in her truck in a parking lot, alone except for a 911 operator.
abuse
The majority of the abuse was emotional. Sometimes I was a fucking slut, sometimes I was a stupid bitch whore, sometimes my friends were fat, ugly cunty bitches.
relationships
He needs me, I kept stupidly telling myself. If I leave him, who will understand him and his Asperger’s like I do?