Author’s Note: This is an essay written for a Psychology: Human Sexuality course that I took this fall.
This essay can be read as a further researched, in-depth extension on the Pedocriminality: Why We Should Stop Using the Word Pedophilia When Discussing Childhood Sexual Abuse article written in June.
Edited by Alexis Lopez.
Pedophilic Disorder as a Misdiagnosis for Pedocriminals in Instances of Child Sexual Abuse
Formed by the Greek words “pais/paido-” meaning child or boy and “philos” meaning loving, the term “pedophilia” has come to be understood by society as both the attraction to and sexual preference for to…
If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that I am an avid pole dancer. However, it was only recently that I shared my experience of being genderqueer or nonbinary with my followers. For many, including myself, my identity as genderqueer snuck up on me, and it was the point of realization that flipped everything that I thought I had previously understood about myself on its head with one of those being my love and enthusiasm for pole.
Discovering that I no longer felt comfortable identifying as a woman, girl, or otherwise female being, as this society defines these…
As a target of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), I spent a lot of my adolescence reading and researching sexual violence specifically against children. I read countless articles, statistics, diagnostic criteria, and psychological journals written by those who had studied the occurrence as well as works of fiction and personal essays written by both targets as well as perpetrators of CSA.
I had seen labels such as “child molester,” “child sex offender,” and “pedophile” used to describe the individuals who commit…
In the wake of the unacceptably unjust murder of George Floyd at the hands of two police officers in Minneapolis, I have decided to publish an academic essay that I wrote a few years ago in a Race and Ethnic Studies class I took in high school.
While this essay does not talk specifically of white privilege and those systems of power and privilege that place people of color at a disadvantage, this essay discusses the concepts of White Identification and White Centeredness which play equal roles in creating and perpetuating racial inequality and injustices of this kind.
This article delves into the topic of the sexual fetishization and exotification of specifically Eastern Asian (countries such as Japan, China, North and South Korea, Taiwan, and Mongolia) women as requested by a friend of mine.
In choosing to speak with a focus on women I, by no means, have the intention to exclude men or transgender persons from this conversation. …
Don’t Touche Me: Rape Culture and its Role in Perpetuating Sexual Violence Against Female Presenting Persons
Author’s Note: Sexual violence is a complicated, multilayered concept that is widespread and is considered to be one of the most traumatic, pervasive, and most common human rights violations.
In this article, I will be focusing mostly on sexual harassment, only one of the many types of sexual violence that exist, and its relation to femme-presenting persons.
In no way, does this article have the intention to deny or reduce the importance of raising awareness of sexual violence against men or other non-femme-presenting persons.
Don’t Touch Me: Safety in Public Spaces as a Female Presenting Person
Part 1 discusses my first experience with sexual aggression while at an LGBT specific event at a night club in Paris.
Part 2 will open a discussion about the different types of sexual violence, rape culture, as well as explore the advantages and disadvantages of various methods that people employ when handling situations of unwanted sexual attention.
Wet for Me
When I learned that one of France’s most influential queer/fxminist magazines was hosting their monthly, queer pop up party, famously known as the Wet for Me…
This is a story about a personal experience with an emotional predator while living in Paris.
In writing “emotional predator,” I speak of the individuals who manipulate their targets by emotionally preying on their vulnerabilities and insecurities as a means to get in.
This article takes a nontechnical, nonprofessional approach rather than a psycho-analytical perspective in order to highlight the challenge of identifying predators from a target’s point of view.
The aim is not to teach readers how to identify predatory behavior in individuals, though it could be helpful for readers to gain insight and become more knowledgeable…
Author’s Note: This article discusses my personal experience with an eating disorder. Each and every experience is different. Even with the same diagnosis, no two cases are ever the same.
This article is written with an outlook on eating disorders from a recovery standpoint rather than a perspective from the active moments of the disorder and does not discuss numbers, weight, or abnormal eating habits to avoid the possibility of comparison by readers.
I find it remarkable that after a year and a half of struggling with food issues I never let myself acknowledge my experience as an eating disorder…
The first time I suspected that there was a problem was when my mother tried to show me how to use a tampon for the first time. I was 12 years old and, although my sisters and I had not started menstruating yet, my mother thought we were reaching the age where she should have “the period talk” with all three of her daughters.
There we were, my two sisters and I all crowded around my mother who was holding the only box of tampons that she could find in the house at the time: a box of Tampax Super…