What #MeToo Tweets Reveal

San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Economics Sepideh Modrek recently published the results of a study she and her research team conducted to analyze more than 12,000 #MeToo tweets posted from October 15 to October 21, 2017. This timeframe, you'll recall, encompassed the initial tsunami of outcries in response to Alyssa Milano's now famous tweet … Continue reading What #MeToo Tweets Reveal

With Sexual Harassment, Almost Counts

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Overt sexual harassment in the workplace may be decreasing but sexism or gender bias is increasing, The Boston Globe reported a few weeks ago in an article titled “Women facing ‘massive increase in hostility’ in workplace, #MeToo-era study says.” Reporter Katie Johnston wrote that the subset of men who feel threatened by the increasingly loud … Continue reading With Sexual Harassment, Almost Counts

Poem: Portrait

A dear friend who understands the incest and sexual harassment themes of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is allowing me to publish her original poem here on my blog. <3 Portrait My brother lifts the blanket off my feet. His fingers climb my inner thighs. I am eight. He tells me to be quiet. I flatten … Continue reading Poem: Portrait

How Women Speak Up

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One reason I wrote Horseshoes and Hand Grenades was to open a window into why many women (and men) who are victims of workplace sexual harassment, incest, rape and other forms of sexual abuse, often don't speak up. Frankly, I was pissed off reading much of the Harvey Weinstein coverage, because it seemed the more … Continue reading How Women Speak Up

Defining Success for A Novel

How do you define success for a novel? I expect the answer differs for readers and authors, but maybe not as much as you would think. Whichever hat I'm wearing, I want the novel to entertain and to provoke thought. I have additional goals for Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, as I say in this recent … Continue reading Defining Success for A Novel