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“If someone is assaulted, or experiences trauma…there’s science and scientific proof. It’s biology that people change. The brain changes. And literally, what it does is it takes the trauma and it puts it in a box, and it files it away and it shuts it so that we can survive the pain. When [Dr. Ford] saw that Judge Kavanaugh was going to be possibly put in the highest position of power in the judicial system of this country, she was triggered and that box opened. And when that box opened she was brave enough to share it with the world to protect this country.” …


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The first time I heard about “Lean In,” I had an impulsively pissy reaction to it. Lean In, The 3% Conference, and everything of the like set out to “change the ratio,” balance the male-dominated ranks with more women. However, “Lean In” implies we aren’t even trying in the first place. But we are; there are lots of us leaning in. I had been leaning in my entire career. As far as I could tell, “Lean In” was just another BS topic fueling Ted Talks and viral videos that sound swell but don’t play out in reality. It’s another case of identifying the outward symptoms of inequality and calling it a day, instead of uncovering the systemic reasons it’s happening. …


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Eighth grade dance. You’re sitting on the bleachers. The girl who asked you to the dance is ignoring you, somewhere in another corner with a cluster of Heathers. You’re sitting there, elbows on your knees, chin on hands. You look so sad. You also look beautiful. I didn’t know why you were sad and probably back then you didn’t know yet either. Or you knew but couldn’t say. It’s the 80s and you are only 13. I wanted to hug you. And cry with you. I didn’t know why.


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While Anheuser-Busch is replacing the Budweiser logo with “America” on its 12-oz. cans and bottles this summer, Miller-Coors is contemplating replacing the Miller Lite logo with “Canada” this summer and possibly beyond, depending on election results.


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LONDON, ENGLAND


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I open my eyes. I do not remember where I am. I remember where I am.

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Lisa Leone

writer. creative director. chocolate chip cookie maker. monty python lover. www.lisaleone.net

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