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Sociology PhD candidate at the University of Michigan studying how colleges cover up sexual violence and the impact on survivors.
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Oct 9, 2018 16 tweets 4 min read
Taking a break from my Twitter hiatus to bring you a thread about what intersectional feminism really looks like at a protest---and what it doesn't. @uofusds, I'm talking to you. Last night, I attended a Kavanaugh protest in Salt Lake City. And I was jazzed for it. Protesting reminds me that there are other people who care about an issue as much as I do. It's a place to get new ideas about how to fight the good fight. It just feels good.
Oct 3, 2018 14 tweets 3 min read
A friend and I were recently talking about impostor syndrome and we realized that we hear a lot about how common impostor syndrome is, but that it's treated like an inevitability and we rarely get tips on combatting it. So I wrote some and they're in this thread. When you accomplish something and you get that twinge of, "What?! People are reading MY work? Why would they do that?!" update your CV with that new accomplishment. And read the whole thing when you do. Remind yourself of how qualified you really are.
Oct 1, 2018 15 tweets 3 min read
As we move into the #Kavanaugh investigation, I want to have a chat about false allegations. From my experience, this is the #1 topic that is misunderstood by the general public and I want to address some of that confusion. It's worth knowing that academics don't take "false allegations" too seriously. The reason for that is that they're really rare. False allegations of sexual assault are no more common that any other crime--and some studies have found that they're rarer.…
Sep 27, 2018 115 tweets 30 min read
I'm a sociologist who studies adolescent sexual violence. On this thread, I will be live tweeting the #Kavanaugh hearing, chiming in with sociological insights and research findings. Full disclosure--I will probably step away for parts of it. While many conservatives have cast feminists as people who rejoice at allegations of sexual assault against powerful men, this is a painful process for us. We know survivors. We are survivors. And I will need breaks.
Sep 27, 2018 12 tweets 3 min read
What are Anita Hill’s critiques of what she encountered from the Senate Judiciary Committee? No clear process, a rush to a vote, and failure to call all relevant witnesses. She sees the same problems with the #Kavanaugh hearing. Hill calls for valuing the humanity of victims. She then called out @OrrinHatch for comparing her to the exorcist. @SenMikeLee, a room of 600 of your constituents are listening to Anita Hill and looking for better from our Utah representatives. And we’re all registered to vote.
Sep 26, 2018 13 tweets 5 min read
I'm a sociologist who studies adolescent sexual violence. In this thread, I offer the basic facts everyone should know about sexual assault to make sense of the #Kavanaugh allegations. (And citations in case you want to read up yourself.) Sexual violence is common, especially among adolescents. The best studies estimate that as many as 10.8% of young men commit an act of rape before graduating from college.…