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alone-girl-photography-favim-com-255027I arrived at Middlebury College with a feather in my hair and an appetite for adventure.  The tiny liberal arts campus nested in the Green Mountains beckoned me like a hippie commune.   No Greek life, no hazing.  Only love, drugs, and progressive conversations around gender and sexuality. 

Or so I thought.

Like so many incoming Freshman, I could not wait to explore my sexuality.  My first semester, I was like a kid in a candy shop. So many beautiful men—sculpted, tall, wielding lacrosse sticks or squash rackets—all up for grabs. I would wake up on Sunday mornings with the stale taste of Tequila on my tongue and a new story to share at brunch with the girls.

My love life was a delicious mess, the electric background noise to my academic endeavors and friendships. It motivated me to do my homework (going to the library is so much more fun with the possibility of running into your crush) and provided good fodder for journal entries. But the dark underbelly of Middlebury hookup culture was always there, slowly but surely wearing away at my self-esteem.   Continue Reading

sex-ed-300x198Amidst the memories of high school, most of us probably recall a few horror stories, or at the very least, some unpleasant times. We’ve tolerated teachers we hated, suffered through classes that could never appeal to our interest, and had information shoved down our throat that only left us wondering, “how is this useful?” Regardless of usefulness, at least it was factual; it was knowledge.

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fc35cc295d060bb0404fdbdc2346cd99We’d like to think that derogatory and “slut-shaming” slurs were left back in high school. In a perfect world, it would be nice to believe that derogatory language has been dropped down to a minimum. But the sad truth is that a study done by UK think tank Demos found that online misogyny is alive and well. What is most interesting is the gender analysis behind the tweets and posts. Continue Reading