I Just Want to Ride My Bike

Regardless of my gender, sex, gear or ability, I want to ride my mountain bike. Without your preconceptions of what a woman can do, without your conceptions of my biological make up in comparison to yours, I want to ride until the end of the day when I have to peel my fingers off my handlebar grips.

Game of Thrones has failed its female characters. Here’s how.

After spending eight years of my life watching this show, I’m left with a burning question: what was the point? Why develop these intricate, powerful female characters only to not do them justice? Female characters do not need to be perfect or satisfy our notions of who they should be; I did not fall in love with these characters for their goodness or perfection, but for their flaws, mistakes and development. These complexities are forever tarnished by the unearned and nonsensical people they were written to become. These women deserved better, and so did we.

I think of her, I think of me

What did she do afterwards? They may have written her off, in value and the screen, but it’s her story I need to hear. We don’t just stop existing after we’ve been brutalized. How did she endure?

I haven’t watched Narcos since. I don’t want to.

I don’t want to think about it. Her name was Helena and I think of her and I think of me.

Why We Need to Talk about Gender-Based Violence on Mother’s Day This Year

I regularly hear from men that their mothers are sacred. That they respect mothers and therefore respect women. That they would do anything to protect their mothers.

But women are victims of a kind of violence that happens regardless of their motherhood status, or anything else. This violence occurs because they are women – and because we have a big problem in this country with gender-based violence.

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