Street Harassment Forced Me to Quit Playing Pokémon Go

As much as it irritates me to have to do so, I take precautions when I go out in public. I don't walk alone unless I am in a well-traveled area (a designation I sort of arbitrarily set as having at least 10 other people within sight). I don't walk at night. When I do venture out alone, I try to look as inconspicuous as possible. I started taking these measured precautions after my rape three years ago.

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I Need Painkillers, but the DEA's Reclassification of Hydrocodone Makes Them Way Too Hard to Get

It's been a weird week for me—painful, confusing, stressful. I've had to deal with a lot of questions I never thought I'd have to ask or answer. I've had to deal with a lot of awkwardness from other people that I didn't realize I would be so bothered by. 

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An Open Letter to Trump Voters From His Staff Defector

Even Trump's most trusted advisers didn't expect him to fare this well.

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What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self About an Abusive Relationship I Was In

When I was 20 I found myself in an abusive relationship – but if you'd have asked me before I met him if I'd ever be with someone who made me feel less than respected, I would have given you a resounding "No." 

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How Writing Helped Me Heal From Rape Trauma

I realized I was a writer long before I was raped. Both conclusions have had comparable impact on the trajectory of my career. As a disillusioned adolescent desperate for guiding words to live by, I found solace in a self-help tip from a fortune cookie: “If you’re feeling down, try throwing yourself into your work.” I obeyed for as long as I could.

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A Life Coach Actually Changed My Life

It was around my last birthday when I finally acknowledged I needed a little help. 

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What It's Like to Be a Celibate Christian When All You Want Is Sex

I was raised Christian. My parents weren’t religious, and they’re still not, but they wanted good things for us, and this included feeling like a part of something bigger. Plus, a requirement for getting into the best schools in the area was immaculate church attendance. 

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I Pretend to Be an Introvert, But I'm Really Just Kind of a Jerk

Like many women in touch with modern technology, I spend a lot of time dicking around on the Internet, delighting myself with videos of cats falling off things and filling in answers on clickbait tests to discover the innermost workings of my psyche. 

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Why I Had to Leave My Sexless Marriage

I used to think marriage was forever. I know people get divorced. The rate’s at like 50 percent now, but same as most people who take the plunge, I thought I’d be married longer than 28 months. Just sayin’.

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#ShoutYourAbortion: This Is What a 22 1/2 Week Abortion Looks Like

As #shoutyourabortion trends on social media, encouraging women to shed their shame over having chosen abortion, I have my own story to tell. 

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