Disability and Sexuality Research

  Greetings everyone, As part of my research at Duquesne University, my team and I are investigating disability and sexuality. If you are between the ages of 18 and 30, and have a disability of any kind (inclusive of autism, ADHD, and mental health disabilities) and feel comfortable taking an anonymous online survey about sexuality [...]

Sexism Abounds: Body Say

Here's a little rant/tidbit for you. I'm really diggin' Demi Lovato's newish tune "body say"; however, whenever I hear it on the radio it is an edited version. The lyric "I want your sex" is changed to "I want your best." I've heard this numerous times. Maybe it depends on the station? I don't know. [...]

Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho

I sincerely love the way Paulo Coelho writes and the way he implicitly shares in all his works that there are things we cannot know and cannot completely understand--like how the meeting of two people can spark a vibrant passion and the meeting of two others spurs nothing at all, while the former two are [...]

Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever

Women Don't Ask is an essential read for everyone, but especially females. This book explains how gendered socialization not only hinders women's voices in many cases, but also thwarts their success in negotiating many areas of their life. Focusing primarily on work, this book showcases example after example (backed by research) of women falling short/not living [...]

50 Shades of Grey: Why it’s a problem and why you should care.

If E L James sought only to make money from her less than stellar literary skills... she succeeded, greatly. However, I wonder if she ever intended to, or even pondered the possibility, that her trilogy perpetuates sexism and reinforces passivity in women. Did she think about the young minds consuming her word garbage? The trilogy [...]

Herland – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Written in 1915 by an author born in the 1800s, it is striking and poignant how this work is still very relevant today. The short novel chronicles 3 men's journey to find a civilization of just women and children--no men. Skeptical, during their expedition they comment on what they might find: they don't expect the [...]