Category Archives: Human Rights

Thoughts on the U.S. Election + the Rise of Fascism

When I woke up Wednesday morning and saw the results of the U.S. Election I felt lost for words. I couldn’t honestly say that I was surprised (not after Brexit), but I was shocked. I didn’t think that people would actually elect a sexist, racist, homophobic, narcissistic fascist like Trump. While I don’t think all …

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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa* took me by surprise. It took me a while to get into it, and even longer to realize that it was based on the real events in Seattle around the WTO protests in 1999 (probably because I was 12 at the time and …

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International Women’s Day, Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month and the Struggle

On this years International Women’s Day, I encourage you to learn more about AI diseases, especially what signs and symptoms to watch out for, get to know your family’s medical history, and help educate other people on the seriousness and importance of recognizing, treating, studying and researching AI diseases.

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The Painful Truth by Lynn R. Webster

The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us wasn’t quite what I expected – but once I had reset my expectations I realized how important this book is. Lynn R. Webster, MD, ran a pain clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, for many years, and more …

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Secular Sunday: Sexual Abuse & Victim Blaming in Religious Communities

TW for Sexual Abuse + Victim Blaming.   I am absolutely disgusted with the hiding of sexual abuse within religious organizations and institutions, and the victim blaming. I’ll be focusing on Evangelical Christianity in this post, because that is the cases that have come up for me lately, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in …

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Writer’s Wednesday: Yes Means Yes! by Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti

Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape is a fantastic anthology edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti. It is groundbreaking in dismantling our beliefs around rape, but instead putting in a framework of enthusiastic consent and respect for female sexual pleasure. Friedman and Valenti have found an incredible array …

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Women Shouldn’t Need to be Seen in Relation to Men

Last night I saw and shared the above photo on my Facebook, commenting that women should be respected in their own right, not because of their relationship to a man. This started a bit of a discussion with a friend, who posited that the relation could be to a woman as well, that some traditional …

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Writer’s Wednesday: Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni

Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran is the story of a young woman’s struggle for her identity and to find a place, where she belongs. Moaveni powerfully gives us a glimpse of what it is like, to grow up in one place thinking you belong somewhere else, but …

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On “Jokes” and Domestic Violence

So, the other day on Twitter I came across  the following: Then Scarlett Johansson. RT @kkalthani: I really hope Chris Brown dates Serena Williams. — Çelebe ✨ (@Sa_WAITFORIT_ra) February 17, 2013 If there is something I don’t get, it is people who joke about domestic violence, rape and other forms of violence. So it led …

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Writer’s Wednesday: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (Book & Movie)

Book Review Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I wanted to read it before the movie came out (11th of January 2013 in Ireland), and just managed to do it. (I read the free Kindle edition). Let me begin by saying that the story of Les Miserables is timeless, …

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