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Sexual Assault and What Women Wear

  • She was all over me, so she was asking for it.
  • She was drunk, so she must have have asked for it.
  • She wore [insert literally any clothing you find attractive here], so she had to have asked for it.
  • She answered when I said, “hello beautiful.” She asked for it.

If these statements seem crazy, it’s because they are. Still, I see them used every day as an excuse for sexual assault. Then people wonder why a girl walking down the street hears someone say, “hi there,” and finches in fear. Too often, it seems any acknowledgement at all can be used as an excuse for assault in the future. Continue reading

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The Price of an Artist in the Digital Age

When I was in college for journalism, the changing world of the practice was a hot topic. How does journalism survive in a world where people expect to jump on the internet and find all the information of the world for free? Such is the struggle of the artist in this day and age. Writers, painters, musicians and many other professions involving creativity have struggled with the fact that – like it or not – their work ends up accessible on the internet for free. As bloggers, we are also artists who are enabled by the internet, but our work is just as easily stolen. Where do we stand in this world? Continue reading

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The Glamorous Life of an Online Dating Expert

I may have mentioned more than once I spent a year as a self-proclaimed online dating expert. Yes, this girl, a senior  in college with only one serious relationship under her belt (the same relationship I’m in now) was handing out expert dating advice across the web. I didn’t just throw it out there, either. I proposed my ideas to countless websites and blogs. They agreed to my idea and accepted my content on their blogs. Despite my inexperience, I must have done something right. When I tell people I used to be an online dating expert, it usually results in a laugh, but do you really know what it’s like? I’ve decided to share the secrets, today, of the life of an online dating expert. Continue reading

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Thoughts of New Apartments Generate New Desires

I continue to fantasize about a dream home, or at least a dream apartment. One of the things I want more than anything else is a library/office/creative space. I want this to be in one glorious room. I see nothing wrong with that. I blame Disney. They had a movie come out in 1992 where the princess was given a grand library and that has been my fairy tale dream ever since. Don’t think I leave out my boyfriend in all this. As I consider the ideal place for us to live, I try to image a place to display his action figures and our swords. I am on board with this whole home decor thing. The more people I speak about this with, the more I wonder where this feeling comes  from. Is it me? Is it a couples thing? Could it be possible I’m just being childish? Continue reading

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