This is America

I went to a Taylor Swift concert on my birthday, and it was the best, most fun time. I was so happy to be there. But the first thing I did when I got to my seats was map out an exit in case something went wrong.

I didn’t tell my sister that. I never vocalized it. I didn’t want to be morbid and I didn’t want to make light of the situations where venues had been attacked.

But that was in my mind.

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Ruminations on Motherhood

I was asked to give a talk on Mother’s Day. Which may just be the most intimidating Sunday of all the Sundays. Luckily, we were asked to focus more on womanhood in an effort to avoid some of the pitfalls of traditional motherhood talks.

Of course, it is geared towards an LDS audience. But I thought I would share it nonetheless because it allowed me to put into words some thoughts I’ve been having on what it means to be women in this world, especially as a feminist in what could be considered a patriarchal faith.
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Toxic Masculinity and the Gender Politics of ‘A Quiet Place’

Toxic Masculinity and the Gender Politics of ‘A Quiet Place’

I am sure we have all heard of A Quiet Place at this point. The truth is I didn’t really like it. Not as much as everyone else seems to have. It was mostly an okay movie with a lot of gaping holes made even more wobbly by the blind praise it’s been given.

To be honest, parts of the movie didn’t sit well with me. But then other parts really stuck out. And maybe that disparity alone made the English major start flexing and I started to think about what I wanted the movie to be about — since people were insisting it was about something. So this is my reading of A Quiet Place as a feminist desperate to like A Quiet Place.

(Please note that SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW. You have been warned.)

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One Year Later

One Year Later

I have been sick in bed this past week which sucks because 1) being sick is the absolute worst and 2) there is so much to catch up on. March, in spite of its bad rap and mediocre weather, was pretty great all things considered — and really ended with a cherry-on-top, once-in-a-lifetime sort of experience that took us to a little place called THE SAHARA DESERT.

brb dead.

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Whitesplaining Stamped from the Beginning

Whitesplaining Stamped from the Beginning

I spent the better part of these first month’s of the year reading a book called Stamped from the Beginning. It’s the self-proclaimed definitive history of racist ideas in America and it has been …. engrossing. Shocking. Frustrating. Eye-opening. Sobering.

Frankly, it should be required reading.

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Movie Breakdown: 2017

There are few things in this world that bring me as much joy as watching movies. I come from a movie family. I’ve always loved movies. All we did growing up was basically watch movies. When my family turned out to be interested in nature and stuff, I was honestly flummoxed because I was under the impression we were strictly movie people.

But that may be just me.

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