Of Course, #MeToo

The past few months have been many things. Inspiring. Validating. Triggering. Infuriating. Gratifying. Of course, I’m talking about the growing #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. At long, long last, survivors of sexual violence, abuse, and assault in all its forms are not only being heard, they’re being believed. Although I’ve been moved to write about this many…

A Meaningful Valentine’s Day

Today was a good day. A little sad, perhaps, but good. Of course it’s Valentine’s Day, which is difficult for most single or heartbroken people, but it’s also two other things for me: It’s Buster’s birthday, and I miss him so much. It’s the day my husband proposed 17 years ago in 1999. After the great…

Stepping Out of Hell

Yesterday was an important day. February 12th. That date has haunted me for the past four years. I’d see it everywhere, and I’d remember. Even if I hadn’t thought of it for quite some time, I’d remember when I’d look at my watch at 2:12. When my coworker from extension 212 would forward a call,…

OMG! New Reviews!

Although O. M. Grey left this plane of reality on August 1st of this year and became The Grey Ghost, her work lives on. Go on over to Bitten By Books to read the full reviews, but I’ve posted little teaser excerpts below: The Zombies of Mesmer: A Nickie Nick Vampire Hunter Novel Book Summary:…

Frat Loses Charter for Promoting Rape

…that’s the least that should happen… Excerpt: The Texas Tech chapter of the international fraternity Phi Delta Theta is being stripped of its charter following controversy over a party last month that included a banner reading “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal.” Read the entire article…

Fraternity Roofie Conspiracy

This is so very prevalent. Are you the person who will speak up against this, or will you pretend it’s a joke? More excerpts: “When people say, “rape culture,” some people say that there isn’t one. Even some people who should know better say that. Everyone agrees that rape is bad, right? But they don’t….

#ItsOnUs !!!!

White House to unveil new campaign for sexual assault prevention. Excerpt: The White House plans to unveil the latest component of its plan to help colleges better handle sexual assault on campus on Friday — and the new campaign is focused on men, in particular. “It’s On Us” aims to create more collective responsibility for…

Book Review: Rape is Rape

Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis by Jody Raphael My rating: 5 of 5 stars After reading this book, I truly know I’m not alone. The way I was treated after my rape by the police, my community, and my friends is, quite unfortunately, par…

Book Review: Lullaby

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk My rating: 2 of 5 stars Brilliant. That’s the word, the only word, that came to mind as I started reading Palahniuk’s Lullaby. I struggled to keep reading, as I was too impressed with the prose. As a writer, reading Palahniuk made me feel like a dancing monkey in comparison. By…

Book Review: A Real Piece of Work

(Reblogged from O. M. Grey’s Caught in the Cogs) I quite enjoyed A Real Piece of Work up until about the halfway point. Once the redheaded bombshell who painted nude self-portraits was introduced, and objectified so heavily, my red flags went up. Although, for a hard-boiled detective story, the misogynistic commentary was quite light. Once…