Author Archives: Abigail Collazo

Threatened at the Corner Store: the Men and the Milk

Ten minutes. I was hitting the ten minute mark of just standing in front of the freezers, seemingly debating whether to buy a quart or a gallon of milk. Or perhaps unsure of which kind I wanted. Skim or whole? … Continue reading

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From Afar, How to Use Twitter Effectively During a Crisis

We are saddened by the news out of Boston that at least two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon late this afternoon. Over 100 people have been injured and the scene is one of chaos and … Continue reading

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Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli Makes His Mark as VA Board of Health Votes for Increased Abortion Clinic Restrictions

The Virginia State Board of Health voted just this morning to adopt stricter building regulations for abortion clinics. These new regulations are designed to – you guessed it – force the clinics to close as it is virtually impossible to comply … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Feminists More Calm and Rational? Calling Out Sexism and the Courage of Adria Richards

As the firestorm over the Adria Richards story has only increased, a poem from one of my favorite artists – Alix Olson – keeps reverberating in my head. Still we’ve tried being patient, collected, calm, nice trying praying, tried laying … Continue reading

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What Everyone Doesn’t Seem to Understand About My Lack of Work/Life Balance – From a 20-something.

In 2007, New York Times magazine wrote: “Everyone in D.C. is here for a purpose.  You don’t come to D.C. because you want to relax. You only relax after you have exhausted yourself lobbying a senator to get behind your … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Lady Sybil of Downton Abbey

**Spoiler Alert** Dear Sybil: First of all, you aren’t alone.  Now in 2012, in July of 1920 when you died, and all the years before that, you weren’t then and aren’t now, alone. Because even today, every 90 seconds a … Continue reading

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Is it the End of Courtship? Or the End of Unequal, Unhealthy, Unfulfilling Relationships?

The bizarre plethora of articles that has been published lately regarding young, single “millennials” and our dating/sex lives is mind-boggling. The Atlantic (not surprisingly) tops it out I think with recent pieces such as “A Million First Dates,” “Forget Online Dating: Here’s … Continue reading

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40 (Un)Justifiable Reasons To Sexually Harass Me On the Street

I’m wearing too much makeup I’m not wearing enough makeup It’s Sunday It’s Tuesday I’m walking too quickly I’m walking too slowly I’m too pretty to not let you enjoy a piece of it I’m not pretty enough to occupy … Continue reading

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“Special” Protections for “Special” Women: Why the Violence Against Women Act Expired

Nobody warned me. When I started to “come out” as a feminist activist – not just talking with friends, but sharing articles on Facebook, writing extensively about women’s rights, and participating in advocacy movements – nobody warned me. Nobody warned … Continue reading

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On Expecting Natives to Speak Your Language When in a Foreign Country

I’m sitting here at Mike’s Grill, a rather low-lit, unpretentious bar that caters to both locals and gringos here in Boquete, Panama.  A popular, but usually quiet place on a weeknight, where one can watch the football game of a … Continue reading

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