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New Kid in the Cubicle: Reflections On Entering the Wonky Workforce

By Alexis Cheney – @Alexis-Cheney

I started my first full-time job as a paralegal in the Department of Justice a little more than two months ago. After graduating from college, I spent months anticipating the monumental debut of my professional career. What exact projects would I work on? Who would be my colleagues? What would my office look like? A host of unknowns flickered vaguely in the distance until they blinded me when I walked through the office door on my first day. Continue reading “New Kid in the Cubicle: Reflections On Entering the Wonky Workforce”

What I Have in Common with Miss Universe

Becka Wall – @beckawall

During the first Presidential Debate, Hillary Clinton talked at length about Donald Trump’s misogyny and sexism, highlighting his mistreatment of 1997 Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Machado won the “Miss Universe” title while weighing about 120 pounds. She had bulimia and anorexia, and suffered from an eating disorder. Once she sought treatment, she gained some healthier eating habits, along with some weight. About 50 pounds, to be exact.

Donald Trump, who owned the Miss Universe pageant at the time, called her “Miss Piggy,” “Miss Housekeeping” (get it, since she was Latina? UGH) and an “eating machine” in the media. He gave interviews talking about her eating habits, and invited the media to watch her at the gym, where he made her work out with a personal trainer.

Reading all the news coverage and watching the viral videos, I started getting a weird, queasy feeling as I realized: Alicia Machado and I lived parallel lives. Except, you know, without the Miss Universe thing on my end.
Continue reading “What I Have in Common with Miss Universe”

Sexual Assault Remains Concern for College Students

By Elaine Moradi – Moxie Intern

When Ali (last name omitted for safety reasons) started college at Johns Hopkins University, all that was on her mind was if she’d get along with her roommate and what clubs she would join. But among the back-to-school notebooks and pens on her shopping list, her father had added pepper spray, written in red pen, to the list. He was thinking about what many forget – college-age women are three times more likely to experience sexual violence. Continue reading “Sexual Assault Remains Concern for College Students”

Video: College Students Talk Feminism

Created By Elaina Moradi – Moxie Intern

Cheating, Healing and Growing: A Trust Update

By Jamie Schafer – White Hall, MD

When I last updated you, I was one year past the tragedy that began what has turned into a series about cheating, healing and growing. I’m currently coming up on my one year anniversary with Steven, who I began dating after I discovered my ex, Brandon, was living a double life.

When Moxie Co-Founder and my editor, Lauren, came to me asking me for an update, I thought she wanted me to write about my dreams and plans with Steven, but nope. She wanted to know how I came to trust again after Brandon. This is the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to write. It’s a constant work in progress and to be honest, I didn’t have a choice – I had to trust again. I knew I’d ruin my life if I didn’t. Continue reading “Cheating, Healing and Growing: A Trust Update”

Fox News Sexual Harassment Case One of Many

By Elaina Moradi – Moxie Intern

The lawsuit between News Anchor Gretchen Carlson and Fox News was settled this week for $20 million, after Carlson accused former boss, Roger Ailes, of sexual harassment in July.

Carlson, 50, filed a lawsuit against 21st Century Fox, claiming her contract was not renewed because she complained about unwanted sexual advances from Ailes.
Continue reading “Fox News Sexual Harassment Case One of Many”

State Moves to Change Rape Law After Stanford Case

By Lauren Linhard – moxie.lauren@gmail.com

Brock Turner will be released tomorrow after serving half of his laughable six month sentence for sexual assault. For those who need a refresher on this disgusting display of rape culture – Turner enjoyed “20 minutes of action” (as his Dad called it) with an intoxicated, unconscious and unconsenting woman behind a dumpster at a Stanford college party.
Continue reading “State Moves to Change Rape Law After Stanford Case”

Life Lessons in Death

By Jamie Schafer – White Hall, MD

I’ve been dealing with a lot of taxing issues recently. Life is different for everyone, but there are a few things everyone deals with at one time or another.

Death is one of them, and it’s really been the fire to fuel this post. I had the pleasure of burying two wonderful men in one week this month. I say I had “the pleasure” because while the viewings and funerals are not a super-fantastic experience, I am honored to have known them and been a part of their lives for however long. Continue reading “Life Lessons in Death”

A Single’s Journey aka Starting Over is Hard as Crap

By Lauren Linhard – moxie.lauren@gmail.com

I was recently approached at a party that consisted mostly of couples and asked if my husband was here. Nope, I replied. Oh, so you must be engaged. I flashed my hand, definitely not. God, I’m so sorry, your boyfriend? Nope, I don’t have one of those either.

With three of my friends married, two with families, one engaged, another living with her boyfriend, and another in a dedicated relationship, I stand alone in the world of singles – at the age of 27 – when I seriously thought I’d be in the middle of my own happily ever after. Continue reading “A Single’s Journey aka Starting Over is Hard as Crap”

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