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Because I Said So

The words will never leave my ears: “Because I said so.” If I didn’t want to do something and asked why I had to do it, that was my mom’s answer. I thought that as a person who doesn’t want kids that I would be exempt from ever uttering this phrase. However, my recent exploits… Continue reading Because I Said So

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When Women Aren’t People

Chloe Dykstra’s essay was a shock to me, and then it wasn’t. I didn’t want the manipulative and abusive behavior to come from the person about whom we all knew she was writing. On the heels of one of Arouse’s very own pieces regarding abuse in Hollywood, I didn’t want Chris Hardwick to be one… Continue reading When Women Aren’t People

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Depression and Anxiety DGAF

CN: Suicide, depression, anxiety National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Chat online or call 1-800-273-8255 This piece started out as my personal experience with discovering the kate spade brand, which would slowly transition into the tragedy of Kate Spade’s suicide. She touched so many lives with her designs and created a brand that, even though she hasn’t… Continue reading Depression and Anxiety DGAF

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Battling the Razor: A Fight for Women’s Natural Beauty

Female body hair and its removal are currently controversial topics. According to the Woman's Museum of California, "Some of the first razors, made of copper, were used in Egypt and India around 3000 BCE. Egyptian women removed their head hair and considered pubic hair uncivilized. Upper-class Roman women of the sixth century BCE used tweezers,… Continue reading Battling the Razor: A Fight for Women’s Natural Beauty

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“Bisexual Does Not Equal Threesome” And Other Busted Bisexual Myths

Some people like boys, some people like girls, and some people like both. That's a pretty simplistic idea of what it means to be bisexual, since the beautiful "B" in LGBTQIA+ can be fairly complicated. As the Bisexual Resource Center states, this is a diverse sexual orientation because bisexual individuals live by various definitions. It's a… Continue reading “Bisexual Does Not Equal Threesome” And Other Busted Bisexual Myths

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A Response To The #MeToo Movement: We’re Going To Lose Some of the Good Ones

Recently, when asked about the effect the #MeToo movement has had on male celebrities and their professional lives, I had a peer make the comment, "We're going to lose some of the good ones." Confusion erupted. "Lose them? Didn't they do this to themselves." "The good ones? Nothing about them is good." "If you say… Continue reading A Response To The #MeToo Movement: We’re Going To Lose Some of the Good Ones

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Ladies, You Are The Experts in the Room: Fighting Impostor Syndrome

Recently I attended a training that involved practicing introducing ourselves as professionals, I dare say, even experts. Picture some of the most influential or up-and-coming nonprofit leaders in the community, all wearing dress shirts and pantyhose, sitting in a circle, taking turn after turn, listing their title and why they are "the expert in the… Continue reading Ladies, You Are The Experts in the Room: Fighting Impostor Syndrome