Public Sexuality and Private Privilege
sex shop front

I got a surprise during a recent visit to a public library to use a computer. I looked up from…

Don’t Think About This on Veterans Day
Army, Navy, Air Force perform joint helicopter deployment training

The first story I heard today about veterans was about was about former soldiers returning home and becoming firefighters because…

Flawed Women, Fearless Writers
bad girls inc

I started to title this post, “Braving the Bitch,” or “Free to Be Bitchy,” but I was afraid readers would…

Rethinking Celibacy
Kepner and Matthew

  April, the only character on Grey’s Anatomy who identifies as Christian and the only one who has conflicts about…

Pure Black Power
black power mixtape poster

A note about today’s post: I have a bi-weekly column on National Catholic Reporter, and I plan to use these…

Notes from a Daughter of Greatness
new light

“Intergenerational Prostitution.” These words greeted viewers at yesterday morning’s Daughters of Greatness breakfast. I’ve become a regular attendee at the Ali…

The Scandal of Losing Community
sitting alone

As I mentioned in my post about what I’m into, I watch Scandal religiously. I’ve found, however, that I don’t…

Currently
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  Currently is today’s #BlogLikeCrazy prompt. I’ve never written a post about what I’m into at the moment, but I’m…

Is there a wrong reason to want a partner?
This was waiting for me when I got home. Somebody loves me.

I got the following text from my mom at 4:45pm today: “Doing dishes now” I got this text three hours after…

7 Crazy Things
If block letters

I’ve made a commitment to #BlogLikeCrazy this month, an action I believe is necessary but also for real for real…

The Dancing Feminist
miles davis album cover

You know “your jam” instantly. All it takes is the base intro, and no matter where you are, your feet…

Why I’m Blogging Like Crazy
pen and paper

When I read See Jane Write magazine’s call to “#BlogLikeCrazy” (that is, to post something every day for the entire…

Glorifying Gladiators
Gladiator pose

Is entertainment always glorification? I ponder this question almost every Thursday night as social media lights up with #gladiator hashtags…

The Value of Old Womanhood
old woman tango dancing

I left the gym three-and-a-half hours after arriving there the other day. I’m not obsessed, I promise. One hour of…

Feminism vs. Humanism: A response to an idealized feminist identity

My first thought after reading Gina Messina-Dysert’s  post, “Feminism vs. Humanism: Continuing to claim a feminist identity” was, “Guess she missed that…

At the Intersection

Coming this Monday, September 23rd, I join National Catholic Reporter as a regular online columnist. My column is called, “At…

How to Be a Black Feminist
What's big in the history of feminism?

I’m taking a class titled “History of U.S. Feminisms,” and I’m taking in an abundance of new information. I declare…

How Lessons from a Baby Shower Could Save the World
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A few things I learned at my cousin’s recent baby shower: 1. How to spell “pacifier.” I didn’t realize I…

Living in Love, A Tribute
4 little girls

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love…

How Social Justice Work Keeps You Single
one candle

Today is September 1, 2013, so it’s official: it’s been one year since a man asked for my number. To…

Working on the Unfinished Business 50 Years Later

Update 8/29/2013: A slightly longer version has since been cross-posted here on HuffPost Black Voices. Update 8/29/2013: The “Black Lives…

No Country (or graduate degree) for Black Feminists
Intersections of race etc over louisville kentucky

In a few short months, I’ll have to make a very important decision. I’ll have to write a personal statement…

The Right to Have Standards
Father daughter

“How Promiscuity Is a Form of Self-Mutilation,” the headline read. Since I’m returning to writing a memoir largely about sexuality,…

A Dual Existence
Appollonius

  After the Zimmerman verdict, my pastor sent a letter to the congregation expressing his hurt and anger. Near the…

White Girl Dipped in Chocolate?
dipped in chocolate

Many years ago, my father said that by the time I have children, they’ll be white kids dipped in chocolate….

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