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#WhyIDidn’tReport: Yes, Colour Matters In Sexual Assault Cases

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Like with the “Friendship Breakup” series, over the next few weeks, I’ll be answering commonly asked questions surrounding, specifically, Dr Ford and the entire fiasco that we just watched. 

As this topic is of a sensitive nature, and many of you may have questions or stories you’d like to share or have answered, please feel free to drop a message in my Facebook inbox or DM me on my Instagram, @thingscarlaloves. You do not have to share your story in the comment section (or anywhere else) if you do not feel comfortable. 

As always, there will be a list of helpline services added, if you need help. I strongly urge that you confide in someone you trust in order to help you heal. 

I know there’s a lot of ya’ll who like to pretend like things like white privilege don’t…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Poetry

I had every intention of writing & posting this last week.  Then, my Dad’s car crapped out & I had to be his driver.  I would’ve rather re-read The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, to be honest. Shakespeare’s poetry isn’t as well known as his plays; not by a long shot.  However, many of us… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Poetry

#StopBlamingWomenMakeMenTheIssue: Torres Strait Islanders & Aboriginal People – Names of a Deceased Person

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To any Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal people reading this post, please be warned that this post will be discussing the murder of an Aboriginal woman from 2011. Out of respect for Lynette Daley, her family, and Aboriginal culture, I have left Lynette’s name out of the title. Please be warned that Lynette’s picture will also feature, but I have tried to ensure it won’t display on any device by ensuring there are plenty of other photos.

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The other day, I read an article by Jane Gilmore, discussing that there was no national outrage or outcry, and little had been said in the media, about the fact that just the other week in Australia, six women were murdered in five days.

Yes.

Six women were murdered in five days.

As a result, I am working toward and planning to dedicate several Raising Awareness slots…

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#WhyIDidn’tReport: No, Victims Don’t Owe You Their Story

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I think one of the most common themes among the whole Kavanaugh fiasco is that people believe that rape victims owe their story to someone.

There’s people who seem to believe that it’s only rape if you immediately go to hospital and immediately report a rape case, without taking into consideration the fact that it’s a fucking trauma and, you know, people react to trauma in shocking ways.

It’s like there’s a word that happens to people who are particularly shocked after a particularly horrific trauma.

I think it’s a pesky, confusing medical term like shock, or something.

Don’t worry, it’s not like people die from shock or something.

Image result for house dying quotes gifsPretty much how people view rape victims (though I love Maggie Smith!) PC: Refinery29

But I’ve talked about that, at least in part. I’ve tried to give you the facts about what happens after a rape, even though the people…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Tragedies

William Shakespeare’s tragic plays are some of the best known.  Almost everyone has encountered one or another at some point – either in school or, far more likely, in popular culture. Or, maybe if you’re a weirdo, you had your Barbies® act out Romeo and Juliet as a kid.  Or so I’ve heard some people… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Tragedies

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Histories

I’ll admit – I tried tackling The Complete Works of William Shakespeare once before.  It was sometime while I was in college, between 2003 and 2009, which was foolish in itself – I was an English major.  It’s not like I didn’t have enough to read! However, during that attempt, I reached the historical plays… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Histories

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Comedies

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare has fourteen plays in the “comedies” section. Most – if not all – share some of the same themes & characteristics: Separations of family or loved onesDisguises & mistaken identities, often leading to humorous situations & big revealsMain plot deals with love, relationships, sex,etc.Secondary plots deal with a variety of… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Comedies

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Introduction

Dear Lord – this book took me forever to finish!  But, now that I’m done, I feel like I’ve accomplished a life goal.  It might even be an item on my bucket list. I made a poll asking if I should split this post up &the consensus (from two people), was a resounding, “YES.” Suffice… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Introduction