Halloween is just around the corner. I have to say that there is a lot that I love about this time of year. Crisp air, turning leaves, a squash cornucopia, and roasted pumpkin seeds are all delightful. Similarly delightful—people seem to put their thinking caps on for issues of gender inequity, social constructions, and oppression.

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hearts painted in gridHave you ever had a standstill week? One that felt like nothing moved, conversations stagnated (or erupted), and the effort you put into things seemed to reap zero return?

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In past years, we’ve celebrated LGBT History Month with a series of great guest blogs. October is a big month for LGBTQ activism. It houses Coming Out Day (October 11) and Ally Week (October 13-17).

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I’ve recently been privy to many discussions about the nature of anti-sexual violence work. Many people devote their lives and careers to building better responses to sexual trauma.  Others, working on prevention, seek the kind of social change needed to eradicate this form of violence. It’s a tall order to fill. 

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I saw a great vlog this week by comedian Megan MacKay. Like Upworthy staff, I was so ready to be offended by her Ray Rice Makeup Tutorial, but by the time this pun-star got to 0:37 and the eye primer called “Intersectional Feminism” I was hooked

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I woke up this morning to a curious discussion on Twitter. 

It's time that colleges pay attention to child sexual abuse, too. @1in6org @nsvrc https://t.co/jSTGMTOinw

— Sally Laskey (@sjlaskey) September 5, 2014

 

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Here-kitty-kitty-imageConsider this post a two-thumbs-up for an infographic from, wait for it…playboy.com. I know…I can’t believe it either.

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Thank you to our guest contributor for this post. Eric Stiles identifies as a survivor of child sexual abuse, a master of humor, and so much more. 

When I entered the first grade, I remember the first day back to school so vividly. I knew that I was going to be there a whole day. I was growing up so I rode the bus for the first time. And I was on the bus with my two older brothers. I knew all this, but, as a child, I still did not know what to expect. I was just a small, kind of round kid headed for a big change. 

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So many people that I know and love know and love comics! That’s why I’m not surprised that an engaging group of geeks are pushing the famed Comi-Con organizers to adopt stronger anti-harassment policies. As the creators of an enlightening video describe,

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