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Mesa Weidenbach

Mesa Weidenbach
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Misusing the Term Abuse Isn’t Helping Victims

As a society, we’ve grown more comfortable with calling out abuse. Whether it’s in the media or in our personal lives, we are doing what we can to put an end to the treatment through which past generations have suffered silently. Over the last few months, hoards of men and a few women have been exposed as abusers. This is good, really good. It’s important to recognize the wrongs these people have committed and to

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How to Be a Decent Person This Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing, which for many is a positive experience. Spending time with family and eating food that your mom only cooks this time of year is exciting, but there are things that can be extremely uncomfortable for others that you may not think about. 1. I won’t tell you to avoid political conversations because they’re important conversations to have, but if you feel the need to say something gross or


The Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute: A Pro-Choice Weekend in Kansas

This weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Kansas Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute (RJLI), and I am, for lack of a better term, shook. The event is run by URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity) and took place at Emporia State University, where I study. About twenty pro-choice folks around Kansas met up to discuss reproductive justice and intersectionality. It was a welcoming environment that understood and respected everyone’s identities and backgrounds. I


It’s Okay To Use Birth Control For — You Guessed It — Birth Control

It’s that time again when those of us who use birth control are being told we should be denied access to this basic daily dose of medication and safety. As many of you already know, earlier this month 45 decided that employers should be able to deny contraceptive coverage in their employees’ insurance if it goes against their beliefs. I know I know, we’re still fighting even in 2017. Millions of people use birth control


What Happens After You Come Out of the Closet?

As many of you know, Coming Out Day was October 11th. For many people, it was a day where they stepped into the light and revealed their sexualities and identities to loved ones, friends online or their communities. For others, there was a lot of pressure to come out when they weren’t quite ready. If this is you, don’t worry. You are your business and if you don’t want to share that information with anyone,


Free Condoms Are Not What’s Limiting Access to Free Menstrual Products

Tampons are expensive, and ridiculously so. Why should we have to pay for menstrual products when people simply cannot control their cycles? I doubt any of us uterus-equipped folks want to have periods – isn’t the price our bodies pay enough?   Tampons should be free but that doesn’t mean we should be bashing free condoms. These are two separate issues; we don’t have free condoms available instead of tampons. Condoms are a form of


Why White People Need To Stand Up To Our Racist Family Members

Is Aunt Karen talking about “illegals” again? Maybe this time you need to step into the conversation and teach her a thing or two about respecting people regardless of race. If that doesn’t work, perhaps you should unfriend her on Facebook to show that those who are not going to catch up are going to get left behind. If you’re white like me, you probably have some racist family members. “But it’s not their fault,


It’s Time to Talk About Sexual Assault Against the LGBTQ+ Community

Sexual assault is an issue far too many people face in our society. We have built a rape culture which we surround ourselves with, unknowingly contributing to it daily by enforcing gender norms, telling a small child they have to hug a certain family member or blaming victims of sexual assault. The effects of rape culture are evident between any and all races, ages, identities, genders and orientations; however, they are specifically shocking in the

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