Naming with Respect

In the course of a conversation recently, I told someone that I’d changed my name when I got married, a person who has only ever known me as Jamie Waters. I was totally taken aback by their reaction. I didn’t write down what he said (because it would have been rude), but here is the... Continue Reading →

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Short reflections on a year of activism

About a year ago, I started training to become a volunteer advocate with Rape Victim Advocates—a rape crisis center in Chicago. Today, after being on-call all night for RVA after well over 300 hours of on-call nights, training courses, and volunteer organization with them, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve done in the past year... Continue Reading →

Women Cabbies

On Friday, I got into a cab and told the driver where I wanted to go. She turned and tried to clarify, and we had a brief exchange upon which she understood and sped off. She occasionally asked which way to take, to which I responded, "I don't know, whichever is faster." "Ah, Faster." She... Continue Reading →

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