When Black people ask for accountability, terms like “Woke Film Twitter” are deployed as dog-whistles to minimize, sensationalize, and deflect. This essay discusses a suicide attempt. This past Thursday, a traumatic family event removed me from the cesspool that is social media.
Conflating criticism with hate is dangerous. Criticism is how we encourage growth and positive change, while shame and hatred serve to stifle both. Late last week, I had the misfortune of learning who Sarah Dessen is. One of her tweets was
When engaging in conversations about campus assault awareness, we cannot limit it to higher education and college campuses. TW/CW: This essay contains extensive discussion of sexual violence involving minors, including mentions of r/pe. On June 10, a high school valedictorian had