This page contains a collection of my random writing that is not hosted on 4W.pub.
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How writers can keep distance and take care of themselves
Dec. 5, 2019, 9:13 p.m.
This post contains discussion of suicide and suicidal thoughts.
Over the past few days, I’ve been working on a story about two K-pop stars, Sulli and Goo Hara, who recently committed suicide after facing ...
Are you in an abusive relationship with your tech?
Nov. 26, 2019, 9:32 a.m.
We’re in abusive relationships with our technology. As someone who has both survived an abusive relationship myself and worked at a domestic violence shelter, I feel I can say this without exaggeration.
The excuses ...
What to do if you’re deboosted on Twitter
Nov. 22, 2019, 12:19 p.m.
You Might Not Even Know if You’re in Twitter Jail
Although Twitter claims they don’t shadow ban users, this is only strictly true if you adhere to their very narrow definition of shadow ...
I have a massive list of ideas, so why am I frozen?
Nov. 16, 2019, 8:56 p.m.
There is a threshold between my room and the rest of the house, a tall arch that opens to a little balcony overlooking the foyer and living room. My cat likes to sit just on ...
Why John Oliver’s musical revenge episode feels so satisfying.
Nov. 16, 2019, 8:55 p.m.
John Oliver’s November 10th episode of Last Week Tonight was a masterpiece of petty revenge. The episode focused on SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suits, baseless lawsuits designed to scare journalists and activists ...
Hundreds of volunteers are cleaning up animal agriculture’s mess
Nov. 14, 2019, 12:35 p.m.
My Phone Anxiety is Preventing Me from Writing
Nov. 11, 2019, 2:57 p.m.
Despite being a text-centric Millennial who grew up on AIM and talking primarily through written communication, I didn’t always have phone anxiety. As a teenager and college student, I was happy to call my ...
Confessions from a misophonic cat mama.
Nov. 5, 2019, 6:27 p.m.
This is a confession: I’m writing this piece because feel like if I don’t talk about this I’m going to snap. And I don’t want to snap at her.
My cat ...
My ship’s parts are constantly being restored.
Nov. 4, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Imagine that a Grecian museum has preserved the famous Ship of Theseus, the mythical king of Athens. The ship has been in their care for hundreds of years and, one by one, the wooden parts ...
I thought I already knew everything as an activist — but Teddy was a wakeup call.
Nov. 4, 2019, 11:50 a.m.
When I met Teddy, in February of 2018, I had already been vegan for three years, and a leader in Philadelphia’s grassroots animal rights movement. My organization, which grew from a small handful of ...
On rape, PTSD, running, and Halloween.
Oct. 31, 2019, 3:52 p.m.
This post contains descriptions of rape, abuse, and PTSD. Please be kind to yourself and stop reading if you need to.
I don’t know where I’m running to, I just know that I ...
No hacks, just honest work.
Oct. 29, 2019, 12:49 p.m.
When I first started writing on Medium, I didn’t even know about the Medium Partner Program. I had no plans to make money here. My goal was to rebrand myself as a feminist writer ...
We don’t need to belittle our accomplishments as we age.
Oct. 27, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
A few days before my 27th birthday, I had a short exchange with an old friend. She asked if I was excited for my birthday, which I normally am. Historically, I love my birthday.
Good news for unpopular opinions is good news for society.
Oct. 23, 2019, 12:29 a.m.
There are probably some voices you don’t want to hear: trolls, men’s rights activists, gun nuts, flat eathers, anti-vaxxers... each person has their personal list of too-controversial topics. Lots of people would rather ...
Jumpstart your daily productivity by keeping your mind healthy
Oct. 19, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
It’s 6:00 am, and I’m awake. My alarm isn’t set to go off for another two hours, but I’m always woken up early with a giant pang of anxiety. The ...
Empathy is the key.
Oct. 18, 2019, 6:04 p.m.
There’s a lot of advice out there on how to handle your own relationship — but what happens when you’re tasked with fixing someone else’s? While most of us (rightly) try to stay ...
It’s hard to replicate that sense of community elsewhere.
Oct. 14, 2019, 11:04 p.m.
I grew up in an extreme evangelical Christian church. The type of church where kids go to Bible camp in the summer, pastors blame natural disasters on gay people, and Harry Potter is burned at ...
I didn’t feel ashamed of my background until I got out.
Oct. 12, 2019, 4:19 p.m.
When we arrive at my in-laws’ home in Spring, Texas, a charming Houston suburb, I’m immediately hit by the smell of blueberry muffins and laundry detergent. The house my partner, Alex, grew up in ...
Follow the rules, format well, and cite your sources
Oct. 8, 2019, 4:58 p.m.
Last month, I decided to make writing on Medium my part-time job. I published a total of 16 pieces (only 14 of which were “real” articles — two were never really meant to be widely distributed ...
And how I got the bug back after a five-year hiatus.
Oct. 3, 2019, 3:19 p.m.
The blinking clock on my dresser reads 10:34 PM, and I’m halfway through a novel I bought only a few hours ago. This will be the second novel I finish this week, after ...
How we let men get away with not caring.
Sept. 30, 2019, 8:58 p.m.
“He’s just more logical than me.”
I have heard this phrase more times than I can count, only uttered by women in relationships with men. I have even said it myself. And I am ...
Not enough to totally change my mind, though.
Sept. 29, 2019, 10:47 p.m.
A little over a month ago, my partner, Alex, and I were attacked at our West Philadelphia home by a man with a gun. What started out as a simple neighbor dispute over porch gardens ...
I care what you’re giving to the world.
Sept. 28, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
In our capitalist-driven culture, it feels nearly impossible to separate your job from your sense of self. “What do you do?”, strangers ask you as polite small talk. Maybe you do gardening, maybe you raise ...
Maybe I’m too jaded — but I also doubt that I’m alone.
Sept. 25, 2019, 5:50 p.m.
We’ve been hearing about it for days, now: President Trump pressured the President of Ukraine to dig up political dirt on 2020 rival Joe Biden and his son, possibly in exchange for military aid ...
Growing and Healing Together
Sept. 23, 2019, 4 p.m.
Last year, I learned that I have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My diagnosis didn’t exactly come as a surprise to anyone. I spent years in an abusive relationship where I was exposed to serious ...
Stop, Drop, and Roll
Sept. 21, 2019, 3:49 p.m.
Weall know it. Social media is a total dumpster fire. We know these corporations are abusing us — mining our data for profit. We know it makes us completely miserable and hinders our ability to form ...
Sept. 13, 2019, 12:39 p.m.
On August 12th, Spinster, a women-first social media platform, burst into the Fediverse. In its first month, Spinster faced misogynistic attacks from both the left and the right, repeated attempts to de-platform us (including removal ...
Aug. 23, 2019, 1:14 p.m.
When I was in high school, my boyfriend was black. His father was a Baptist pastor at a local church and worked as a park ranger at Valley Forge National Park. Mr. Jones* was a ...
Aug. 1, 2019, 4:48 p.m.
Have you ever felt like your whole life is falling apart, and that you are losing everything and everyone that matters to you?
I have. A few times now.
In 2016 my mom committed suicide ...
Published for WOMEN'S WAY on Medium
July 23, 2019, 7:25 p.m.
The United States contains 5% of the total world population — but 20% of the world’s incarcerated population. Women currently represent the fastest-growing prison population, rising 834% between 1978 and 2015 (more than double the ...
July 14, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Originally Published in the FSF Bulletin, Issue #34
June 27, 2019, midnight
In his celebrated 1963 “Letter From Birmingham Jail," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. contrasted "a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice ...
On her path to success, what women owe to RBG, and both of their futures.
May 17, 2019, 3:24 p.m.
To be updated as I find more
May 17, 2019, 3:16 p.m.
In the light of the current state of abortion rights in the United States and beyond, I've decided to start collecting a list resources on self-abortion methods as I become aware of them.
If you ...
The joy and disappointment of the all-female tech conference
April 19, 2019, 10:52 a.m.
The 2019 Northeast Women In Tech Summit (WITS), which took place last Friday and Saturday, brought together a variable who’s-who of female technologists in the greater-Philadelphia region for two days of women-led and women-centric ...
Roe may be in jeopardy, but for many women abortion was never accessible anyways.
April 6, 2019, 10:06 a.m.
Originally published on Medium for WOMEN'S WAY.
“I certainly would like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle-class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the only vehicle ...
Originally published on Medium
March 6, 2019, 11:19 a.m.
How VICE threw non-violent protesters under the bus for clicks
Feb. 16, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Earlier this week VICE released a video special on the Berkely-based animal rights group, Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). Framed next to a picture of a threatening hand with a shotgun, the video asks the question ...
YWI Profile Series, Part 1
Feb. 11, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Originally Published for WOMEN'S WAY.
In her 29 years living in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, Crystal Porter has seen over 30 people she knew killed by gun violence. A chef at The Union League (Philadelphia ...
Where does she sleep? What happens to the eggs? Poop?!
Dec. 12, 2018, 9:29 p.m.
Why do you have a chicken?
In June of this year I walked into a Kensington slaughterhouse with 40 other activists. What we saw in there was horrifying. Hundreds of animals were kept in cages ...
(without getting fired)
Nov. 22, 2018, 6:33 p.m.
It's Time for Tech Conferences to Start being Accountable to Women
Nov. 7, 2018, 7:34 p.m.
Oct. 25, 2018, 2:47 p.m.
Imagine a future where the world’s governments are controlled by warring corporations, freedom of communication and information is limited only to non-seditious speech which does not challenge the new status-quo, and technology is used ...
My experience in a college rat lab.
Oct. 22, 2018, 6:35 p.m.
I was recently asked by a student who is studying animal testing to provide my experience working in a lab. I thought I would publish what I wrote to her in case others may benefit ...