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Grounded during the blizzard. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Robyn

The power of my own quest for authenticity may be my greatest lesson to impart as a parent.

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Taroko Gorge in Hualien, Taiwan. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Minna

I had grown into my name, and it suited me. Trust, however, that had I found a better name along the way, I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat, and to hell with anyone who judged me for doing so.

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Let’s Talk About Names: Rawls

I’m attached to my name because of the stories that come with it and because of the perspective they’ve given me on the world.

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Painted Desert, Arizona. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Natalie

If there’s a single name that feels the least “real,” the most connected to social structures, cis-het-patriarchy and its assumptions, it’s the one I was given at birth.

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The Women's Building, the first women-owned and -operated community center, in San Francisco. Image used with permission of author

Let’s Talk About Names: Andrea

While we’re demanding that women be treated equitably in this society, we’re saying that it’s up to women — still — to make the “proper” choice, like not taking their husbands’ names, to legitimize feminism.

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Bruno Mars Talks Names

Bruno Mars on why he stopped using his Puerto Rican father’s last name and took a stage name instead.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

Let’s Talk About Names: Ali, hooks, Lee Boggs

The relationship individuals have with their names is influenced by myriad individual and cultural experiences, alongside those that are social and political.

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Review: Chris Stedman’s “Faitheist”

My review of Chris Stedman’s book Faitheist, on interfaith activism between religious and nonreligious people, is on the Bitch Magazine blog today

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[AWH Classic] Fear of Falling

“I’m not scared of heights; I’m scared of falling.” Somehow that seems like an appropriate caption for my life right now.

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