Responding to Ortberg Responding to Ellen: On Child Perpetrators of Sexual Harm

This is an essay in response to an essay in response to an essay. Mallory Ortberg of the Toast thoroughly picked apart and criticized Elizabeth Ellen’s “Open Letter to the Internet,” in which Ellen defends a few high profile alt literary men facing rape accusations because she thinks the accusers’ ways of saying “no” were […]

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Be Friends with Rapists

This month, Feministing published an article called “Don’t Be Friends with Rapists,” which was rapidly passed around my friends through social media. I was disappointed by this simplistic and damaging way of handling a major social problem. You shouldn’t defriend rapists (and abusers). (Throughout this post, I will be using gender neutral pronouns for both […]

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Meet: Elizabeth

I published this piece on my blog, True STORIES. last year but, of course, it’s as timely as ever: She says it was like a bad after-school special, and laughs. But there is sadness in her eyes, and shame. Not much, but it is there, I think. I want to say the right things, but it […]

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Clearing the Water on Rape

A lot of people have wondered over the last eight months, and especially the last few weeks, how teenagers in Steubenville, Ohio, could witness someone being raped and not do anything about it. But we know why. Of course we do. They watched as she was raped because we haven’t taught them otherwise. Not as […]

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Weekend Edition: Jessica Vealitzek

At the PDXX Collective, we’ve been coming across more and more talented women writers. No surprise there! Here’s Jessica Vealitzek, of True STORIES., a no-frills blog that aims to share the timeless stories of the little guy/gal. The storytelling that Jessica is doing with her blog is something that I’ve been interested in for a […]

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