first fig

my candle burns at both ends…

thesis thought #6

why is it that the british have a more nuanced view on just about everything? i have read almost a thousand pages of research at this point and the only policy recommendation that makes any sense is put forward by some random brit that was published twelve years ago. apparently not enough people are reading the british journal of criminology.

thesis thought #5

oh susan l. miller, you get the award for snarkiest domestic violence researcher of all time! your descriptions of batterer intervention programs are truly epic.

thesis thought #4

somehow gorecki’s 3rd  symphony is the only musical accompaniment that goes along with my research.

thesis thought #3

there is seriously a rhino in the air ducts above me and it’s making it hard to concentrate on which states have mandatory intervention policies. sigh, going back to read this article a second time.

thesis thought #2

i love when academics get snarky in their writing. case in point: “this anti-feminist stance is strongly supported by men in men’s rights groups, the members of which are typically joined by their second wives.”

thesis thoughts

it is the summer of the thesis. i spend my days, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., doing research and writing sections of my master’s thesis. my subject is whether or not mandatory intervention policies for domestic violence (i.e. mandatory arrest, mandatory reporting, mandatory prosecution) are empowering to victims and constitute effective policy. fascinating stuff.

anyway, i’ve been posting “thesis thoughts” on my facebook page for awhile so i thought i might as well post them here as well. of course i’ll add accompanying pictures because that’s the whole point of blogs. i know, you’re excited.

so here we go (i’ll start from the beginning)…

thesis thought #1: reading through trial transcripts of the character assassinations defense attorneys pull on victims of domestic violence and sexual assault is torture. seriously, i would tell you anything if it would stop me having to read this garbage.

so it’s been two years…

this poor blog.

i should probably just leave well enough alone…but i can’t.

i started this blog in 2006 and between the demands of work, family, a multi-state move, depression, an unexpected pregnancy, advocacy projects and graduate school i have never been able to follow through with it. i am going to backdate some posts that i have written elsewhere and then try my hardest to treat this blog the way that i would like to be treated.

i am not so naive to think that this time is different…

but i am hopeful.

what the heart wants

cross posted at the exponent

it was a small gesture i had seen hundreds of times before, my father pausing for a brief moment to appreciate a thing of beauty. this time it was an arrangement of lilies that he had stopped to smell as he walked towards the pulpit to bear his testimony. i smiled to myself, it was so uniquely my father. But from behind i heard an unmistakable snigger as a girl from my laurel class leaned forward and whispered in my ear, “your dad is so gay.” Read the rest of this entry »

war, part two

since the “war on women” began i have heard several friends, pundits, politicians express disbelief that access to contraception and women’s empowerment are in any way correlated. this is a shocking assertion to me because research has consistently shown that women’s empowerment and reproductive freedom are inextricably tied. Read the rest of this entry »

war, part one

cross posted at the exponent.

i was seven months pregnant in october of 2010 when my midwife alerted me to the fact that my chosen post-pregnancy method of birth control, a copper iud, might not be available. a proposed amendment to the state of colorado’s constitution, known as the colorado fetal personhood amendment, was seeking to codify the rights of the unborn at the moment of conception. this meant that if amendment 62 was passed, IUDs and many forms of hormonal birth control would no longer be available in the state of colorado for fear that they would prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s uterus. my baby was due around the first of the new year and in waiting the required six weeks post-partum, the personhood amendment would go into effect and I would no longer be able to get an IUD. Read the rest of this entry »