I Have the Right to Walk

I walk a lot in my daily life and a very often occurrence in my walks are men catcalling me. It doesn’t matter if I’m in a “bad town” or a middle/upper class neighborhood. It doesn’t matter if it’s day time or in the evening.  Men on the street will call me for my attention.…

Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde

This past week, I had the exciting opportunity to interview a powerful and inspiring artist. Her name is Taina Asili, and she is one of the baddest bitches I know. She is poet, a mother, and a social justice activist. Her band, Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde, just released a brand new album, Fruit…

Sex-ucation

My sex education in high school consisted of “don’t do it” and if you maybe are considering doing it to “just say no”. It also likened all of the reproductive organs to different foods, so I can no longer eat strawberries or spaghetti without thinking of my ovaries and Fallopian tubes (I won’t even mention…

Quiet Suburbia Receives Quieter Law Enforcement

Before my sister arrived, I had been feeling that this night would be long. Tara* had recently moved back into our parents’ home after a break-up with her boyfriend of 3 years and I assumed living with our parents again was a hard adjustment. When she arrived that evening, she could scarcely wait for the…

My Rape Was Not A Lesson For Me

On September 29, 2012, I was raped by someone who I considered to be a close male friend. Without giving too much detail, it occurred after a full night of drinking. I wanted to go to sleep and he had other plans. A few hours after it happened, I didn’t know how to handle it.…