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****Trigger Warning For Content Related to Sexual Assault**** It took almost twenty years for me to acknowledge the break-in that happened a few short weeks before I left for college wasn't an attempted robbery but was in fact an attempted rape. Waking up
Hegemommy · 2162 days ago

In my line of work the idea of "civility" can be a little tricky. Frequently speaking truth to power is characterized as "uncivilized" rhetoric. You've likely heard the saying that "well-behaved women rarely make history." That kind of thing. For the patri
Hegemommy · 2206 days ago

In November I had the distinct privilege of being part of a group, invited by The Global Fund, to travel to Ghana and witness first hand some of their efforts at eliminating HIV infection from mothers to infants. To call the trip humbling is almost meaning
Hegemommy · 2561 days ago

Back when I was first making the decision to quit practicing law and do, well, anything other than work in a law firm, I spent A LOT of time agonizing over what my "purpose" was. "If money was no object, what would you do?" I remember being asked, "what's
Hegemommy · 2588 days ago

November is traditionally the month of being thankful, and this month's topic asks us to explore the idea of giving and receiving, especially in the context of being thankful. And let me just say I tried. I really, really tried. But it's been a long year.
Hegemommy · 2624 days ago

Amazing. I write about sex all the time--well the consequences of sex on women's lives, both positive and negative, consensual and coerced, but actually writing about sex well, that's proven to be a different thing altogether.For starters, it has made me r
Hegemommy · 2656 days ago

Yesterday I made tomato soup from scratch. The fact that I made soup is unremarkable because I make soup all the time, and being that it is September and tomatoes are in full swing, me making tomato soup should be no big deal. But without even realizing
Hegemommy · 2683 days ago

It's not the being that is hard, it is the becoming. It's being on the verge.What am I on the verge of? Everything. Nothing. All of it at once.No, these are not fortunes from a cookie, or daily meditations sent from my emailed horoscope. These are truths e
Hegemommy · 2684 days ago

I'm taking a slightly different approach to this month's theme.  First, is a re-print of a blog post from April 2009.  Yeah, the way-back files.  But it's still (in my opinion) a pretty fresh take on the power of language to, well, grant power.  My apologi
Hegemommy · 2744 days ago

You would think that as a feminist I'd have plenty to say about this month's topic of "healing between genders."  Surely I am stocked full of examples of gender essentialism gone wrong, or exercises that help build understanding and community between the s
Hegemommy · 2777 days ago

Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that I face with ambivalence, not because I think it’s some artificial Hallmark holiday, or because it reinforces antiquated notions of gender, but because, for all intents and purposes I was motherless most of my life
Hegemommy · 2805 days ago

I’ve spent a great deal of my 6+years as a mother making peace with my own troubled relationship with my mom, a fact I doubt places me in a different position than countless other women.  The process has been one of starting and stopping, largely because m
Hegemommy · 2805 days ago

Boy this topic couldn't come fast enough.  Life is moving at a pace I've come to call "dedicated frenzy" and my job as a political blogger and teacher has not left a lot of room for laughs.  Seriously.  Even my political satire workshop with the ever aweso
Hegemommy · 2845 days ago

You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to--Molly Ivins   It took many years for me to realize that not everyone grew up in a house where politics dominated daily conversation, or where it was normal, let alone expected that a dinner with
Hegemommy · 2875 days ago

I’m not a particularly religious person.  In fact, I’ve always been proud of a certain midwestern sense of self-reliance and steely independence that comes from growing up in the Nebraska prairies.  Pioneer roots, I like to call it.  The problem with those
Hegemommy · 2900 days ago

We’re having a bit of a January thaw here in Minnesota.    And while January is really the dregs of the deep freeze, the longest stretch of unbearable cold in a state where unbearable cold is the norm, already there have been some small and subtle reminder
Hegemommy · 2915 days ago

I don't think I've ever been called quiet in my life.  Seriously.  Anyone who has spent even an hour of time with me will tell you I am not a quiet woman.  I'm loud and a little pushy, especially when it comes to a real (or I'll admit) perce
Hegemommy · 2937 days ago

Today marks the official 4 week mark with Olive and I'm not going to lie, it hasn't necessarily been an easy go of things.  She's one of those newborns who insists on nursing all the time and will only sleep if positioned justso on mommy's chest. &nbs
Hegemommy · 2944 days ago

I've lost my mind.  Three weeks with a newborn, most of that house-bound, and I am fully off my rocker.  It doesn't help that it is cold, dark and snowy here in Minnesota.  And we haven't even hit January. To be fair, I guess it is less
Hegemommy · 2980 days ago

Some of you may remember a while back a little blog post I wrote (in relation to my first pregnancy) that posed a simple question: was I a bad feminist because I wanted a boy?  Well, perhaps the universe was reading, or more likely, likes a good la
Hegemommy · 3118 days ago

This is a house that loves summer.  Between soccer games, farm share pick ups, and trips down the street to the lake, there's a lot to love.  It's also a time where we try to slow things down a bit and really soak up our time together, since t
Hegemommy · 3136 days ago
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