“Women Make the World Go ‘Round”: reflections and gratitude on Day Without a Woman

We used to joke that my Mom couldn’t catch a break, even the dog was a boy. There was a lot of testosterone in my house. ¬†Today, as many are celebrating International Women’s Day by participating in Day Without a Woman, I find myself reflecting on the women in my life and the ways they… Continue reading “Women Make the World Go ‘Round”: reflections and gratitude on Day Without a Woman

Rape Culture in the Classroom

The statistics around sexual assault are staggering: 1 in 3 women will be assaulted in their lifetime.¬†And those numbers are grossly under-reported due to the ordeal women have to go through once coming forward to confront their attacker. While I am aware of these statistics the terrifying reality of rape culture didn’t fully hit me… Continue reading Rape Culture in the Classroom

How you Know Bar Louie’s Dress Code is Racist

My Facebook has blown up with all different kinds of feelings about the Bar Louie dress code which bans: flat brims, athletic wear, large chains worn outside of shirt, long white T-Shirts, and sleeveless undershirts, among other things. Some folks are outraged at what they perceive as overt racism while others are outraged at the… Continue reading How you Know Bar Louie’s Dress Code is Racist

Boomer Babies and Boxes

Most of my energy nowadays is spent thinking about culture, more specifically about mainstream American culture. My hope is that by concentrating on culture we can better equip ourselves with the tools necessary to create a healthier, happier, more sustainable world for everybody. There are days where I know we are winning. Then there are… Continue reading Boomer Babies and Boxes

An Open Letter to the Three White Men that Complained about Discussing Structural Racism

illustration credit: Ricardo Levins Morales Greetings Gentlemen, I hope this finds you doing better than me right now. My name is Ryan Williams-Virden, I, too, am a male of European descent. Let me get right to the issue at hand as to not waste your time. Gentlemen, I find myself compelled to reach out to… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Three White Men that Complained about Discussing Structural Racism

Miami Madness

Dominating the sports news cycle is the Miami Dolphins and the drama between Jonathon Martin and Richie Incognito. Martin, having enough of being harassed, left the team and checked himself into a hospital to address emotional distress. It later came to light that Incognito had sent harassing texts and voicemails which included homophobic and racist… Continue reading Miami Madness