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Articles by Elsa Roberts

About Elsa Roberts (8 Articles)
Elsa is currently a graduate student, pursuing a M.S. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, but her real calling is to perpetual activism and teaching. She is frequently distracted by planning actions, attending meetings, and fighting people who are wrong on the internet. Her passions are typically aroused by poor city planning for pedestrians and cyclists, casual sexism, poorly constructed arguments, and being told to “chill” about inequality. She is the current Vice President of Secular Woman and can be found tweeting wildly about a variety of subjects at elsalroberts.
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Knowing Deah, Yusor and Razan

February 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

If you are anything like me, you abandoned all hope of any other work yesterday that didn’t involve closely following the reporting and commentary on the Chapel Hill shootings of Deah, Razan, and Yusor. Since the man who murdered these young people was an atheist and I am too, I was paying special attention to my community’s response. That’s ...

The P.C. police are coming for you

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

In a recent article for Vitae, Professor Rob Jenkins entered the revolving debate on the ills of political correctness by pondering the scintillating question of “how do we decide what’s offensive?” Hmmm. On its face it’s just an innocent question, we all wonder from time to time how to determine whether something causes offense or is ...

What Happened this Week: Friday Links

October 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Curious about what’s been happening on the web this week? Here’s your round-up of events, issues, and news of the day: Felicia Day spoke out about #GamerGate and was promptly doxxed, just as she feared. How well does Hollywood deal with and portray mental illness, pretty poorly, as it happens. Despite the fact that people with mental illness ...

Science: Ladyparts Edition

October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ever had some questions about ladyparts? (Also known as the sex organs commonly possessed by cisgender women -but also trans men, and some genderqueer and other folks). Yes? Awesome, because below I have some super fascinating videos on these parts. First up, questions about periods and/or PMS? I’ve got a video for you. The folks over at ...

Elsa Recommends Webcomics

October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

FYI: NSFW comics at the end The world of webcomics is vast but there are some comics that are just too good to be skipped over. I’m here to tell you my top five must read comics that you should definitely check out today! First up, is Questionable Content, a comic I’ve been reading for nearly 10 years. The characters are deeply developed, not ...

Your whiteness is a factor

October 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Because I am an activist and educator I have a LOT of conversations about privilege and about whiteness. These conversations are almost always difficult, partly because the word privilege has a lot of connotations that make it a somewhat confusing word, and also because in our culture people often have a hard time admitting that maybe they have an ...

After Columbus Day

October 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

Columbus Day was exactly a week ago. I didn’t always think that much about the day, but the older I get the more outrageous I find it. That such a day is still celebrated in the U.S. is a reminder of how, as a country, we have refused to acknowledge or deal with the legacy of colonization, right down to pretending that Europeans “discovered” ...

No end in sight to harassment and terrorization of women

October 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s never surprising when women are harassed and threatened online, it’s an everyday reality for almost every woman with a high profile online to receive daily hate mail with threats of rape, dismemberment, and murder, along with the requisite gendered slurs. Numerous think pieces have been written on this issue, detailing the way women are ...