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Trauma, PTSD & A Lifetime Of Loss

A note: There’s a lot of trigger-y, very heavy material in this particular essay, including descriptions of graphic fictional violence (in nightmares) and mentions of sexual violence. I included it to paint as clear a picture I could of what it feels like to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. All respect given to those who wish not to read that sort of thing: You take care of yourself however you need to.

“Wild,” the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, came out this weekend and I know I’ll see it eventually, but it’ll probably be with a pretty heavy heart. I never read the book, either, although I read Tiny Beautiful Things and loved it.

I could just about write a eulogy for the 2014 that wasn’t. In February, I started making plans to quit my job and travel by plane, bike, train, and bus all across the United States. It didn’t work out. Right now, I was supposed to be in Florida visiting an old friend and her baby and trying not to get eaten by alligators.

That was all for the best, as long as “the best” is held to a moderate standard. I’m glad I got to spend my year with my lovely boyfriend and work on our relationship. I’m glad I got a therapist. I’m glad I got off of medications that were doing more harm than good. I’m glad I started writing and ultimately got a full-time job doing it. I’m glad I live in a nice new apartment and have a pretty good idea of what my boundaries are and how to keep myself healthy. That is a textbook definition of “a good life.” Keep reading »

Oh Noes, Someone Defaced Bill Cosby’s Star On The Walk Of Fame

Oh Noes, Someone Defaced Bill Cosby's Star On The Walk Of Fame

It’s a little hard to read, but it says “RAPIST.” Luckily for Cosby, the folks who take care of the Walk of Fame have surely cleaned the graffiti off his star by now. The entertainer’s career and reputation, however, remain forever sullied by over 20 allegations of sexual assault and rape. [Instagram]

The Biggest Problem With Rolling Stone‘s Retraction Of Their UVA Rape Story

The Biggest Problem With Rolling Stone's Retraction Of Their UVA Rape Story

Earlier today, Rolling Stone dropped one hell of an editor’s note, in regards to a story they had published two weeks earlier — a blistering investigative account of a brutal gang rape that took place at a fraternity house at the University of Virginia. The cowardly note, published on a Friday no less, came after two weeks of thinkpieces from other media outlets pointing out holes in Rolling Stone’s reporting of the events (particularly their decision not to speak with the men Jackie claimed attacked her). From managing editor Will Dana, the note dials back on the claims made by Jackie to reporter Sabrina Erdely, claiming that the magazine’s trust in Jackie was “misplaced.” Keep reading »

‘Border Patrol Sex’ Mocks The Real Rape Of Migrant Women

'Border Patrol Sex' Mocks The Real Rape Of Migrant Women

Art has never imitated life so disgustingly.

One of the biggest pornography companies in the world has launched a webseries called Border Patrol Sex that features American border patrol agents catching undocumented Mexican and Central American immigrant women attempting to cross the border, arresting them, handcuffing them, raping them, and then sending them back to Mexico. Keep reading »

A New York Grand Jury Decided Not To Indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, Who Killed Eric Garner On Camera

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  • A New York grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death on camera after stopping him for selling loose cigarettes. [The Grio]
  • In light of that, here’s hoping that no one invites Rudy Giuliani onto a news show to comment, given his incendiary, racist rhetoric about Ferguson in the last few weeks. [The Intercept]
  • Meanwhile, President Obama is requesting $75 million in funding to retrain police on both community-oriented policing and on how to use the military-grade weapons they receive, and to put body cameras on cops. Considering that Garner was killed on camera, some doubt the efficacy of body cameras. [Atlantic] Keep reading »

Woman Accuses Bill Cosby Of Sexually Assaulting Her When She Was 15

  • Another day, another woman suing Bill Cosby for sexual assault. This time, the alleged victim says the entertainer molested her when she was just 15 years old. [People]
  • Anyone else remember the episode of “30 Rock” that subtly called out Cosby as a rapist? [Jezebel]
  • Oh yeah, and last night Cosby took to Twitter to thank Whoopi Goldberg. :-/ [Twitter]
  • Kourtney Kardashian is the latest member of the Klan to show off her nips in a magazine. [Dlisted]
  • Ke$ha’s lawyer tweeted that the man who raped Lady Gaga is Dr. Luke, the record producer Ke$ha has accused of raping her — but Gaga denies it. [TMZ] Keep reading »
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