Call it what it is: Bullying

I wanted to be a marine biologist. Instead, I chose “journalism” – the only recognizable writer-related field of study on my undergraduate application. Because that’s what I was told I was good at. That’s what I’d always done. Why would I have pursued anything else? Anything more? This is my almost, should-have-been, still-could-be ‘women in STEM’…

Walk this way

“Those who are trying to transform a world are required to modify themselves in order to proceed within that world.” -Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life I walked across my apartment floor, for the first time in 4 months without pain, and it was glorious. My legs sill wobbly from disuse and wheelchair-fatigue, I felt like…

Healed by water: An Aquarius account of her first swimming class

As a kid, I convinced myself I was a mermaid. My favorite season of the year was always summer, the time when my finger-pads would stay puckered from chlorine long after I (finally) emerged from the water. Though I never took a formal swimming class, I was infatuated by the water — perhaps that’s the…

The feeling of home

I have traveled all over the world in these last 21 years of life, and I have only once felt the feeling of home: in northern California.