And no, her name isn’t Ghislaine Maxwell.

Unhappy little boy. Text: We’ve all got a role to play in keeping kids safe. If you’re worried, don’t ignore.
Unhappy little boy. Text: We’ve all got a role to play in keeping kids safe. If you’re worried, don’t ignore.
Image by Ibrahim Asad’s Photography on Flickr


A Medium writer threw down the gauntlet.

Boy sitting on a concrete barrier looking at a giant chessboard with black and white chesspieces
Boy sitting on a concrete barrier looking at a giant chessboard with black and white chesspieces
Image by Positive_Images from Pixabay


Bigotry comes naturally to all of us. When we can joke about others, we’re not slaughtering them in caves

Cavewoman in a leopard skin with a club paused at the mouth of a cave, starting across a lake to a modern city.
Cavewoman in a leopard skin with a club paused at the mouth of a cave, starting across a lake to a modern city.
Image by Jakaria Islam from Pixabay


It’s the ultimate hypocrisy destruction weapon, yet its power unites by exposing us all.

Couple hunched over a computer and laughing at something we can’t see
Couple hunched over a computer and laughing at something we can’t see
“Are we racist for laughing at this?” “Probably, but damn, that’s some funny shit!” Image by Omar Medina Films from Pixabay


What if you’re white and you just don’t know it?

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Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!

— Scottish poet Robert Burn


Just wondering.

Donald Trump’s face as seen through a half-burnt American flag with a hole, against a flag backdrop
Donald Trump’s face as seen through a half-burnt American flag with a hole, against a flag backdrop
Photo by Marco Verch, Professional Photographer on Flickr, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)


Was it the misogyny, or what I didn’t do that nags me decades later?

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Boys will be boys. Image by Kevin Phillips from Pixabay


FKA Twigs’s story demonstrates the uselessness of #MeToo if we refuse to learn from it, and act more intelligently

FKA Twigs in a stretch as she performs onstage
FKA Twigs in a stretch as she performs onstage
By Bobo Boom on Wikimedia Commons — FKA Twigs, CC BY 2.0


When I researched Native American ‘plastic shamans’, I made sure the authors didn’t get paid

Plastic cowboys and one plastic Indian on a horse
Plastic cowboys and one plastic Indian on a horse
Image by Adina Voicu from Pixabay


For a guy who doubted God’s existence, my father could be remarkably spiritual

Nativity scene
Nativity scene
Public domain image from Pikist

Nicole Chardenet

Self-help centrist in the Murky Middle. Egalitarian & feminism critic. Visit me and reclaim your power on Grow Some Labia! www.nicolechardenet.com

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