Play a Day: The Struggle

Two vagrants sitting by a tree. The first turns to the second and says, “What if life IS the struggle? The pain? The not-knowing of it all? What if we’re not supposed to push past all that to some idealistic future of perfection, but just to live in it?” The second snores, asleep. The first […]

What Bill Cosby Highlights About Rape Culture

Though there have been sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby for over a decade, women have started coming forward in increasing numbers with accusations against him ever since comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby out as a rapist in his stand-up act last fall. No matter how many women came forward, however, there was always a […]

Play a Day: Sorry

You ask me what I’m sorry for as I sob and hide my face. I’m sure in your eyes there’s no transgression. But I learned long ago to apologize for my emotions and it’s a hard habit to break. I’m sorry for being vulnerable. Messy. In pain. For not better maintaining a shiny exterior of […]

Less is More

Earlier this week, I hit a bit of a low point in a depression-anxiety spiral. I hadn’t been sleeping well, and having been laid up with my period, was feeling guilty and useless for not getting “enough” done, among other things. Reaching out always helps because I have a tendency to go inwards with those […]

Female Viagra and the Pharmacologization of Desire

What is a normal level of sexual desire? How are our conceptions about appropriate sexual desire shaped by culture? By gender norms? Is pharmaceutical intervention the best method for dealing with low libido? These are among the questions raised early last month, when an advisory committee voted in favor of conditional FDA approvel for the […]