“A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America”: or a history of not believing women
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“A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America”: or a history of not believing women


I know several men and women who have been affected by sexual assault and rape. Some of the cases of rape involved strangers, the man waiting in the shadows ready to attack. What I would call the traditional understanding of rape. However, the majority of the cases of rape from the people I know have … Continue reading

“Middlesex” a review: when we don’t have the right words for identity
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“Middlesex” a review: when we don’t have the right words for identity


  Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel Middlesex is a breathtaking inter-generational novel that addresses issues of the complex history of Eastern Europe, Greek identity, Greek-American identity, growing up in the U.S., and intersex and other LGBTQA identities. It would be easy to talk all day about the complexities of this novel as well as Eugenides’ exquisite prose … Continue reading

The ethics of crime solving and privacy: a review of “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”
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The ethics of crime solving and privacy: a review of “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”


If you are a fan of true crime writing, you will be well aware of Michelle McNamara’s work: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. It is a truly chilling, terrifying, unsettling, and complicated story that spans decades. Since its release, the cold case also became extremely … Continue reading

“Educated”: how do we talk about mental health and parent/child relationships?
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“Educated”: how do we talk about mental health and parent/child relationships?


In recent years there has been a shift in the Western world in the way that we talk about mental health. Stigma has been addressed head-on and real discussions are happening online, face-to-face, in doctor’s offices, and over the phone about mental health. People are coming forward and talking about their mental health and people … Continue reading

Trans Voices Matter: a review of “Tomorrow Will Be Different”
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Trans Voices Matter: a review of “Tomorrow Will Be Different”


It is nothing new that trans voices have often been pushed aside, forgotten, and oppressed in societies across the globe. The fact that they confuse societal norms about gender binaries and gender-stasis make them terrifying to those who do not understand or prescribe to gender fluidity. This, paired with the flip side of people using … Continue reading

Why can’t we just believe women? Seriously though…: A review of Abby Norman’s “Ask Me About My Uterus”
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Why can’t we just believe women? Seriously though…: A review of Abby Norman’s “Ask Me About My Uterus”


Disclaimer: unapologetic discussions about periods and diarrhea ahead. As soon as I saw this book appear as a new release in Goodreads, I put it on my TBR straight away. As someone who identifies as a woman who also has a uterus, this book spoke to me. I’ve struggled with painful and irregular periods my … Continue reading

Learning How to Accept Gifts: a review of Lisa Dempster’s travel memoir “Neon Pilgrim”
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Learning How to Accept Gifts: a review of Lisa Dempster’s travel memoir “Neon Pilgrim”


Gifts are complicated things. The simple premise of giving someone something they need, love, or want is what actually complicates the definition of a gift. Gifts, before anything else, function like a contract that requires the exchange of goods and/or services until someone dies, or decides to break off the relationship with the gift giver. … Continue reading