When Little Lies Backfire

White Lies by Caro Spark (CC BY-NC-ND)

A timely reminder that even little lies can backfire—especially when what you’re really trying to avoid is confrontation.

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Of Sex, Gender, Lust, & Loos

Toppled by Summer Skyes 11 (CC BY)

Revisiting the basics as the fight to pee and primp in peace continues.

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Subversive Stories Are Good for You

From "Books Challenged and/or Banned 2012-2013". Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

It’s Banned Books Week! I’ve enjoyed or learned from a lot of subversive gems. How many of these have you read?

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The Irony of Rebellion (Part II)

Simple pendulum by Ethan Hein (CC BY) expanded

Simple, prolonged defiance can have unintended consequences. So what do you do with the time your rebellion has bought?

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The Irony of Rebellion (Part I)

Simple pendulum by Ethan Hein (CC BY) expanded

In the wake of “I Ain’t Voting” and other shortsighted acts, a reminder that simple, prolonged defiance can have unintended consequences.

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A Poem for Subversive Explorers

Floating Down by Oblivious Dude (CC BY-NC-ND)

For National Poetry Month, a poem on plumbing history, culture, and reality’s depths to emerge with greater insight and power.

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What’s In a Name? Rethinking “Islamic State”

Islam Means Peace Rally by B.C. Lorio (CC BY-NC-ND)

Words have power. They both reflect and influence our worldview, and we take them for granted at our own expense.

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Faking It: Anatomy of a Sexy Selfie

Girl in the mirror by Luis Quiles. © Gunsmithcat (Luis Guiles)

A how-to for girls who take their cues from pouting, naked celebrities (read: cleavage = attention = love).

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Transforming Traditions

Traditions are an ongoing conversation. What will you contribute?

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How to Break out of a Rut

Oh hello, monday by jamelah (CC BY-NC-ND)

Let’s face it: routine quickly becomes a rut. Fortunately, breaking out of one is easier than you think.

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