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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

I recently participated in a discussion in a Facebook Group about the message this song sends. Over the past few years, this Christmas classic has come under fire for portraying harrasment and coercion to get a girl to stay (presumably overnight) after she has very clearly stated, “NO!” People are saying it has a “rapey vibe” and is manipulative. Some radio stations are even removing it from their rotation, and people are calling for the song to be banned from playing in stores. I am definitely an advocate for consent. And as a woman who has let herself be coerced into sex in the past, I am a firm believer that women should never do something they don’t want to...

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Say What You Wanna Say

The #metoo and #timesup movements have brought up a lot of emotions for me... emotions I'm still trying to work out for myself. And having to do that in front of my 18-year old son and 15-year old daughter can be a bit tricky to navigate. I recognize that, as their mother, I am the one they look to as an example for how a woman should behave and expect to be treated. And that is a huge responsibility. One that can overwhelm me when I really think about it. It's scary to raise human beings. Especially because I feel like I'm figuring things out in the moment. Recently, my son and his friend came to me to show me...

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