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Meghan O'Dea
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Southern Essayist, Pop Culture Critic, and Millennial Bellweather
Southern Essayist, Pop Culture Critic, and Millennial Bellweather

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"During that few seconds each day of unease at passing these homeless people or of declining requests for change or a hot meal, did anyone consider the fact that the majority of their days are spent shuffling from one unwelcome location to another, perhaps unable to get into a shelter or in touch with a case manager? That the discomfort of confronting the realities of homelessness is so much less than the discomfort of sleeping in doorways and on benches, of dumpster diving for dinner or spending the winter huddled on utility grates for warmth?"

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To commute, whether a daily ride to work and back or a special trip out of town, is not only to change with others, but also in the sense of commuting a sentence—that is, to make the time you spend less severe, to soften the blow, to reduce judgment, to perform an act of deliverance (here again both literal and metaphorical). 

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Whether it's daily harassment on the street or in the workplace, or a more sinister threat like Elliot Rodgers' misogynist rants turned massacre, sexism hurts. Sometimes it kills. Nothing on that spectrum is ok. Here's why #YessAllWomen matters:

http://nooga.com/166672/elliot-rodgers-yesallwomen-and-living-with-sexism/

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In its second year, the Shaky Knees music festival is definitely still finding its feet. 

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"I feel like when guys get contacted by fans from the Internet, it's like, 'Oh, future hookup!' but for girls, it's like, 'Oh, my future killer!’"
I saw this tweet recently from comedian Shelby Fero, and it felt really real, because rape culture is real, and because it really, really sucks. How much do you plan the minute details of your everyday life on the defense?

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CARTA Diaries: The real Chattanooga http://www.nooga.com/166308/carta-diaries-the-real-chattanooga/ via @nooganews

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We can't talk about gender equality, class equality and STEM education for women if we aren't willing to support it in the Third World. We can't fret about the educational opportunities for our own daughters if we aren't willing to pay attention to when they are denied abroad. We can't watch TED Talks and read news stories about heroic young women like Malala and ignore 234 young women just like her who are being threatened with rape, physical abuse, sex slavery and death because they sought an education.

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"Love is a verb," he announced. "Puppy love, infatuation, that stuff doesn’t mean nothing. Love is something that you do."

Just like that, the bus ride went from an awkward situation to a solid human moment, where you start really listening to what someone else has to say.

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A recent CARTA bus ride reminded me that you never know where you’re going to run into someone doing their best to brighten whatever corner they occupy.
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