When Do Bad Things Happen? Think Again

When Do Bad Things Happen? Think Again

Pondering the mysteries of the universe, unmolested by anyone. Image from Erica Laue. In the days leading up to my incredible Turkish fitness excursion, I was (understandably) peppered with all kinds of questions about the trip. Where in Turkey would I be? Did I trust the company that was hosting me? Would I bring back […]

How to Be a Feminist and a Respectful Tourist

How to Be a Feminist and a Respectful Tourist

A delicate balance that leaves you wondering. Image by Flickr user Johnragai. A few months ago, I used some space in here to look at the tightrope feminists are often asked to walk in our daily lives and how much critical thinking can go into the seemingly innocuous choices we make (heels vs. flats? girl […]

Go Girl Goes to…Turkey!

Go Girl Goes to…Turkey!

Image by Mediterranean Delights Fitness Voyages on Instagram. Ready for a completely new and different take on exclusive and local travel? In June, Go Girl Travel Network is partnering with Mediterranean Delights Fitness Voyages to share our experiences on board a 16-passenger Turkish yacht along the Mediterranean as part of our “Bring a Go Girl to You” […]

Predators Will Be Predators: How “Safety” Keeps Us All in Chains

Predators Will Be Predators: How “Safety” Keeps Us All in Chains

Even the fight in Wonder Woman won’t end violence against women. Image by Flickr user JD Hancock. One of the things that bothers me most about women’s travel — or at least about its marketing — is the emphasis on safety. Safety in numbers! Safety on trains! Safety in hostels and anti-feminist countries and planes! […]

8 Dedications to Women, for Women’s History Month

8 Dedications to Women, for Women’s History Month

Be proud and be aware. Image from Flickr Creative Commons user jnyemb. It seems that every day, every week, every month is aimed at awareness. Pink Hijab Day. African-American History Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Year of the Woman. All worthy, all wonderful. All competing for attention in a world with too much compensation […]

Yes, Yes, Yes: Let’s Talk About Consent

Yes, Yes, Yes: Let’s Talk About Consent

“No means no” isn’t enough. Image from perennialflight.tumblr.com. I was recently teaching a group of would-be volunteer victim advocates about the dynamics of sexual assault and particularly the role played by  consent (specifically: the lack thereof) when a really good question arose: How do we prevent “accidental” sexual assault? This is a question I hear […]

2014: The Women’s Rights Challenge

2014: The Women’s Rights Challenge

India’s day of “One Billion Rising.” Image from rawstory.com. There are so many “Women in 2013″ lists floating around the web right now, it seems silly to do a recap. Last year women around the world dealt with explosions of backsliding, shaming, and marginalizing discourses that served to maintain systems of inequality and injustice. American […]

Take Nothing, Leave Nothing: A Guide to Cultural Interchange

Take Nothing, Leave Nothing: A Guide to Cultural Interchange

Culture is not fashion. Image from lucidityfestival.com. When you’re a world traveler, you tend to encounter a variety of cultures, environments, and languages that are totally different from your own. Not only is this a good thing, but it’s often one of the best parts of travel, especially when you are indelibly changed by one […]

Tightrope Feminism: Palatable vs. Pushy

Tightrope Feminism: Palatable vs. Pushy

Feminism feels like a tightrope; it’s time to dive off. Image from theblueroomblog.org. I was recently reminded of the conservative nature of the town I live in. In preparing me to give expert witness testimony about domestic violence, my executive director emphasized that I should wear a skirt with my suit, not trousers. “We don’t […]

Gender Roles: The Results of Static Thinking

Gender Roles: The Results of Static Thinking

Think about the consequences of gender roles in a different way. Image from thefrisky.com. I’ve recently become reacquainted, during the process of doing clinical assessments with domestic violence arrestees, with the stunning depth to which gender has infiltrated human societies. This isn’t news, exactly — generations of humans have asserted or decried gender or sex-based […]

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