I’m still stuck with the mark on my hand, a permanent reminder of that time I didn’t stand up for myself.

Aug 25, 2014 at 4:00pm | 110 comments

online dating
This is the first time in history that men have experienced droves of driven, intelligent women. And it is apparent that many are not handling it well.
I put up with mean-girl treatment at my nail-salon job, but a getting bit by a bed bug at my station was the last straw.
slut shaming
One day, about a year-and-a-half after I had started working for my boss, he called my father at work and asked to come in for a meeting, one Christian man to another.
I was a teacher who was encouraged to ignore violence, disability, mental illness, neglect. I wouldn't.
I posted an ad on Craigslist, offering up my services to a bride-to-be as a professional bridesmaid -– hoping to use some of my skills and bridesmaid knowledge to help other brides.
I was ready to just cry about it for a few hours and move on, but my family saw the discrimination my naive, young mind couldn’t yet detect.
Nothing like being up to your elbows in Bully Sticks to give you some perspective on life.

Jun 24, 2014 at 1:00pm | 166 comments

Three days into my very first job as a preschool teacher, I found myself huddled by a park bench near where I worked, crying my eyes out.

Jun 23, 2014 at 3:00pm | 117 comments

Now I am employed and grateful for it, but there a several things I will miss about my time of freedom.
Isn't there always that ONE person at work who everybody adores and you just can't?
you are the advice columnist
I started getting throbbing headaches that would last for days and was constantly nauseated.

Apr 8, 2014 at 2:00pm | 110 comments

I didn’t think people actually stalked in the work place. Only strangers off the street and crazy exes stalk, right?
Sure, I was passionate and motivated, but I suspect I was also a little "scary."
Eventually I learned how to wash any head. How intimate it is.
thought catalog
Yeah, people are going to be rude to you. But then you get the people that thank you for what you do, smile, or ask you how your day is going.
A quarter of British women say they have to "act like a man" to get ahead at work -- and with our toxic corporate culture, who could blame them?

Sep 26, 2013 at 12:00pm | 63 comments

I've worked for at least 13 different companies during my 20-year work history and the most I've ever given an employer is nearly five years of service. I actually impressed myself with that one because my average cutoff for professional positions is two years before I'm disgruntled and crafting a well-written resignation letter.

Sep 23, 2013 at 6:00pm | 352 comments

sex work
It has become kind of OK to say you did a little sex work -- if you put it down to fun, or research, or empowerment. If you did sex work strictly for the money, you can only really admit it if you put it in the past.
Why would they include this on a report to the department of labor, in what is sure to remain a permanent and possibly public record? I believe they intend to use it to shame me into withdrawing my claim for benefits.

Sep 6, 2013 at 3:00pm | 190 comments