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Stigma Punishes Victims, Helps Perpetrators

By Kristance Harlow | December 30, 2016 | 3 Comments
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Donald Trump is the President-Elect, and it is not good news for mental health care. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who had a comprehensive mental-health-care program as part of her platform, it’s difficult to discern what Trump’s plan is — or if he has one at all.

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How to Be Less of a Jerk – Part 2 – Admit Racism

By Kristance Harlow | November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Racism is a system of oppression that permeates all levels of society and shows itself in invisible and in-your-face ways. But those things, those subtle acts or non-acts, are the stepping stones violence walks on. It isn’t always deliberate; it’s subtle, and that stealthy prejudice is where the blatant hate gets its strength. The seeds of covert racist denial are the fertilizer for outright discrimination, brutality, and hatred.

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What Donald Trump’s Presidency Could Mean for Mental Health

By Kristance Harlow | November 17, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Donald Trump is the President-Elect, and it is not good news for mental health care. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who had a comprehensive mental-health-care program as part of her platform, it’s difficult to discern what Trump’s plan is — or if he has one at all.

Donald Trump is Just Like My Abuser

By Kristance Harlow | October 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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That’s when it clicked: I can’t watch Trump because he is a manipulator, and his manner of speaking is that of an emotional abuser. That’s why I was finding myself fighting panic and flashbacks when I first tried watching him debate. I was flashing back to my own experience as a victim of abuse.

Should We Feel Empathy for a Mother Whose Neglect Killed Her Baby?

By Kristance Harlow | October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In August, 62-year-old Kathleen Steele was arrested for the death of her infant child, who was killed by the hands of Steele’s 6-year-old son. Steele left her three children in the car, aged 13 days, 3 years and 6 years. According to reports, Steele left her kids in a parked car with the windows up…

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How to Be Less of a Jerk When Called Racist

By Kristance Harlow | September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Hey, white folks, stop getting offended when someone calls you racist. Instead, try this: shut up, listen and learn. Welcome to the crash course that is here to teach you how to be less of a jerk when you’re called racist. Impact is different than intent. When someone is calling you out on a prejudicial and problematic comment, it’s because your impact is harmful — no matter what you intended.

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Defending Trigger Warnings: Trauma Survivor’s Perspective

By Kristance Harlow | September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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If you think the use of trigger warnings on college campuses coddles students and stunts intellectual growth, you don’t understand trigger warnings. A trigger warning is not censorship and it is not topic avoidance. Trigger warnings, or content notes, are a simple way to respect other people’s boundaries without intruding on their privacy.

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Intent and White Privilege Keeps Whites Out of Jail

By Kristance Harlow | September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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White privilege provides a protective buffer of assumptions that is not given to people of color, especially not to black people. To better understand how this functions, think of whiteness as a protective benefit-of-the-doubt shield. To level up the shield, you have to be given more layers of privilege.

Why Are We Surprised by Leniency for White Rapists

By Kristance Harlow | August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
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With Stanford rapist Brock Turner being released from prison Friday after a laughably short sentence, it’s time to look at privilege. Again. Widely publicized news stories paint a picture of the powerful (read: white and those benefiting from white male power structures) being protected because of their (imagined, good) intent — while the disenfranchised (read: people of color) are punished for theirs.

Feminist and Feeling the Bern 

By Kristance Harlow | April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I am a progressive feminist, I am voting for Bernie Sanders, and I’m not the only one. Let’s begin with dispelling an important misconception, feminists are not a unified force on all issues. Feminism isn’t a cult or secret society, women don’t get initiated and then promise to always choose the lady over the fella if they’re duking it out.

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