“There Are Four Lights” and the Futility of Torture

One of my favorite t-shirts is a sideways reference to 1992 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is also a statement on the simultaneous immorality and futility of torture. Here is the scene, you can read this article for the set-up: Growing up watching Star Trek, I learned a lot of things. Women are scientists and captains. Aliens can […]

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Who represents me?

Every voter in my country has a list of people who are supposed to represent them. People who they can, if they need to, call upon for help with public problems. For efficiency, these elected officials divvy up responsibility for responding to problems by geography and numbers, with those elected by fewer people responsible for more […]

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Women will be hurt this weekend, Justice Roberts

I woke up at this time a few Saturday mornings a month for 5 years to volunteer as an escort at my local Planned Parenthood clinic. In all that time, I never saw a protesters change anyone’s mind. But an escort, within 35 feet of the door I did experience the following things: I had holy water thrown on me […]

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Choose your heroes carefully

I spent the weekend dress as Jennifer Walters, or She-Hulk, at this weekend’s Awesome Con in Washington D.C. It was fun in the joyous ways all theater is fun–I had make-up, I sewed my costume, I had lines and did research and played with a cast of thousands. But this weekend was also my first time cosplaying […]

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In defense of the women’s amendment

The following started life as a 250 word essay for a graduate school application, but I wanted to share it here as well. It’s been lightly edited to suit this new context. TW for mentions of human trafficking and sexual assault, within a legal context. The Third Amendment is the women’s amendment. In the Bill […]

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