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In the wake of yet another mass shooting at a school, it is sickening how the feelings of fear and helplessness come over us in a familiar way. Every time I read a headline about a shooting, I have the same reaction: my hands go cold, my stomach drops, and I shove the lump in my throat away like I'm dry-swallowing a big pill.  Portland-based community college instructor Melissa Duclos has had enough with politicians and their lack of action to protect the safety of our country. Read More
On May 25th The Washington Post published an article by Ann Hornaday which cited movies like Judd Apatow's and Seth Rogan’s recent film “Neighbors” as feeding into the misogynistic culture that cultivates killers, like Elliot Rodger, who experience the conflicted “toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA.”  Now, I enjoy your average Hollywood flick as much as the next girl, but I have to say, I see her point. Read More
On Friday night, Elliot Rodger embarked on a shooting rampage, killing 6 people in I.V. Deli Market in California.  In the days following, Rodger’s 141 page manifesto, in which he described in detail his feelings of alienation and isolation from society, began to circulate on the internet.  Of course, we’ve all felt alienated and isolated before, but something drove Rodger to act on those feelings, and for some reason he felt that murder was the appropriate way to act out his anger with the world. Read More