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Over the course of its relatively short life, the selfie as we know it has become a cultural phenomenon, evolving from a seemingly narcissistic, self-indulgent pastime into a common marketing tool, a contemporary political campaign strategy, and a rich source of individual and collective feminist empowerment. Selfies offer feminists the opportunity to resist misrepresentation as well as erasure, and also to engage politically.
Conversations about sexual violence and trauma have long been overdue but are finally happening. Conversations about how survivors of sexual violence endure and overcome their trauma is of equal importance — and with symptoms ranging from emotional to physical to psychological, physiological, and sexual, there are a host of repercussions.
In the weeks leading up to Grandparents Day, my 4-year-old daughter couldn’t stop expressing her excitement about the celebration at her school. She was thrilled at the prospect of showing my parents her school and showing her friends her grandparents. Plus, there was going to be cake! At the last minute, though, my daddy got sick and my mama was offered an extra shift at the rural North Carolina Walmart where she works. “I’m sorry, I really wish I could come,” she said to me over the phone. ...
Shortly after I began my first consensual sexual relationship, I was devastated by memories of childhood sexual abuse that I’d repressed. In the ensuing two decades, I’ve struggled to not only make sense of what happened to me and how wholly it’s affected me, I’ve also worked to comprehend how rampant sexual abuse has been in my family.
[Editor’s Note: This piece is part of an ongoing series of personal essays on what it’s like to live with a mental health diagnosis. Each piece describes a singular and unique experience. These essays are not meant to be representative of every diagnosis, but to give us a peek into one person’s mind so we may be more empathetic to all.]
At Black Star Line Brewing, racial uplift and intersectionality are entwined with every beer they brew, right down to their queer-farmed hops.
Republicans have a way of relying on scapegoats when their plans don’t work out as expected. There are so many go-to GOP scapegoats, it would be impossible to name them all here. I’m sure many of you have your favorites: Black Lives Matter, the EPA, feminists, climatologists, Islam, income taxes, Michael Moore, Hillary Clinton, and anybody who ever says the words “gun control." If you can name it, they can blame it.
In no particular order, here are eight of the GOP’s favorite scapegoats.
Far from the paltry bowls of limp, insipid greens drowning under a sea of bottled salad dressing, today’s salads are vibrantly delicious, endlessly customizable and — essentially — summertime in a bowl.
Food flavors and styles vary greatly across the globe, but one ingredient is both essential and universal: salt. Once reviled, salt is finally getting its due, and for good reason. Not only does salt have multiple health benefits, it’s enhances the deliciousness of almost all foods.
Even in her death, Bianca taught me to be a mother.
I turned to some of South’s most beloved culinary giants, all of whom happen to also be James Beard Award nominees or winners: Nathalie Dupree, Kevin Gillespie, Virginia Willis, Scott Peacock, and Ronni Lundy for their input on the role of vegetables in Southern cooking.