WikiConference North America…What’s Up!


I am thrilled to announce that I will be speaking at WikiConference 2016! The conference (as you may have guessed) is the fruit of the one and only Wikipedia, and brings together academics/scholars/very cool people who aim to make open source media accessible and awesome. This year’s conference is being held in San Diego, California.

I’ll be speaking on the topic of “How Wikipedia Can Remedy the Erasure of LGBTQ History.” My aim is to lay the groundwork for how open source media can provide a historical platform for groups who have been left out of traditional historical narratives. Fun, right?! My talk will take place on Monday, October 10th at 1:30 PM.

If you live in/around Southern California, I encourage you to check out the conference! It’s being held in the beautiful Balboa Park and literally every speaker sounds incredible. You can find more info HERE. If you can’t make it to the conference, I aim to have my talk recorded and other resources made available on or immediately after October 10th.

I couldn’t be more excited! ~

It’s Okay if You Never Want to Look at Rapist Brock Turner’s Face Ever Again


It has been the summer of Brock Turner. These already sticky months have been populated by grainy images of his wild-eyed mugshot, gruesome first-person accounts of his rape of a fellow Stanford University student, and social media feuds debating whether or not rape culture is a “real thing.”

Now, just three months later, Turner is in the news again—this time as a free man. After serving mere weeks of his meager six-month sentence, Brock Turner will be released on Friday, following reports of “good behavior.”

Though Turner may be freed of his orange jumpsuit and bunkmates, his reputation will follow. The media at large has been critical of Turner, as well as Aaron Persky, the judge who oversaw his trial. The widespread, anti-Turner outcry has proven that there are pockets of half-decent people across the country, willing to speak out against this “nice young man.”

Despite these slight positives emerging from what is quite literally a steaming garbage pile of a situation, the backlash against Turner has its own pitfalls. Often, these pitfalls emerge among the fiercest and most passionate critics of Turner and the campus rape culture that allows men like him to exist.

Networks like Tumblr and Twitter are flooded with hundreds of messages citing disgust, anger, and frustration regarding Turner’s early release. Many of these messages are accompanied by images, information, and language that may be triggering for survivors of rape and sexual assault. Indeed, the story of Brock Turner places a heavy emotional burden on everyone, but it is a burden that weighs twice as much for those who are currently surviving rape and sexual assault. This powerful burden often goes unconsidered, or worse, exploited.

There is prevailing mindset that says, “if you have been a victim, now is your time to speak out!” with more regard for bringing Turner supporters to their knees than for the individual’s own experience. An individual should never feel pressured to divulge their experiences, particularly in light of such a public situation. While there has been a rallying cry against Turner, the culture at-large continues to damn survivors every day. Though sharing stories and contributing thoughts can help strengthen a movement, it is more important for the movement to take care of its own before it takes care of itself as a whole.

Despite what some virulent Twitter users may say, shutting the Brock Turner story out of your life doesn’t make you a “bad feminist” or “useless ally” in the fight against rape culture. It makes you someone who cares about your own well-being more than crafting an enraged status update. As a survivor, it is okay to make self-care your main priority, but it is a shame that this doesn’t go without saying.

There is so much to be done in the fight against the culture that fosters rape and sexual assault. Survivors and their allies all have key roles to play and ideas that can foster real change. But the strength of a movement comes from within, and that strength can only be at its most powerful when there is solidarity, trust, and respect among the internal network.

Brock Turner is not worth exhausting yourself over. He is not worth your tears or your pain. He is not worth bitterly discussing in the comments section of a Facebook post your great aunt made. He is not worth pressuring yourself or survivors into confessional mode. He is worth nothing.

Coming Soon: GamerGate the Game


For the past few months, I’ve been using Twine to create something that’s a little sad, a little funny, and hopefully worthy of pissing off every Male Rights Activist on this sweet Earth. On July 1st I will debut GamerGate: The Game — a text based video game tale of one woman’s journey through the notoriously anti-female video game industry. 

Check back here in two weeks for the link to GamerGate: The Game. We can all be angry together!


Summer Reading

IT’S HOT. Not only that, but I am officially done with college and soon moving from NYC to Los Angeles, California where my immediate plans including laying on the beach until my skin is leather. In order to stave off the inevitable existential dread that comes with any newly-printed degree, I am focusing less on the “career” path and more on the “reading all the books you have put off for the last four years” path. 

My dad has an amazing habit of sending me books he reads about in the New Yorker e-mail newsletter (classy guy!). But as a result, I have amounted a vast collection of books that I’ve been forced to watch gather dust while I drag myself through The Canterbury Tales for the fourth time (no ouffense, Chaucer). 

This summer, I want to read books that will make me a more curious and adventurous reader and writer. Of course I want to get hip to the likes of Elena Ferrante and Yanagihara, but I can’t wait to dig into Uprooted, which has been recommended to me more times than I can count; or On Writing which is the concrete source of 99% of literary advice I’ve ever received. I’m also eager to dig into some Raymond Chandler, who Murakami regularly cites as one of his greatest influences. Plus new Roxane Gay? See y’all in the fall. 

What are you reading this summer?




Blocking Knitting In A Small Apartment

It’s no surprise that blocking is considered an integral part of the knitting process. Those who choose not to block are missing out on a life of even stitches, soft and squishy fabric, and even hemlines. (But that’s another story altogether.)

It would be truly ideal if we all lived in homes with an exclusive knitting room where we could spread out a giant blocking board and lay out ten shawls at a time. Unfortunately, some of us live in New York City apartments where available floor space is a laughable concept. 

If you don’t have much room to dedicate to the art of blocking–whether you find yourself in a dorm room, community space, or the aforementioned East Village studio–don’t fear! Years of cramped quarters have led me to the development of a small-scale blocking regimen. Here’s my tips:


Leaving my pieces in an industrial ten-gallon bucket in the basement? Yeah, not going to happen. Believe it or not, I soak my knitting in a pasta pot. Bigger projects tend to protrude out of the pot, so this method requires some stirring/monitoring in order to make sure all parts of the piece get equal attention. Oh, and make sure you don’t turn on the stove.

I also use Soak Wash products in order to maximize my blocking results. I plan on doing a more comprehensive review of their products in the future, but for now let me just say: worth it. 


In order to save space, I don’t use any kind of blocking board. Instead, I use a yoga mat. It’s surprisingly perfect when it comes to fitting into tight corners or sliding from one corner of the apartment to another. And of course, when the blocking is all done, the mat rolls right up and stashes away. (What? You thought I was exercising?) 

It very well may just be me, but I find that I am constantly losing all kinds of pins in the blocking process. When you’re blocking in a small and high-trafficked area, a rogue T-pin is the last thing anyone wants to discover. To solve this, I bought a set of Knitter’s Pride Blockers. The large size minimizes how many pins you need (one set works completely for an entire sweater), and they work wonderfully with a squishy yoga mat. 


One concern I really had about blocking in an apartment was potential pests. Bugs love moisture and the idea of having a wet sweater laying on my floor for a few days freaked me out to the max. But I’ve come to minimize the excess moisture with the use of a bath towel places in between the projects and the yoga mat. This helps keep moisture at bay. 

Furthermore, if you are able to place the project in indirect sunlight, near a fan, or near an open window, the drying process will be pleasantly expedited and you can stop searching exterminator reviews on Yelp. 

Where to Block?

With all of this in mind, you’re ready to compactly block like a pro. But one question does remain–where can I actually block when my floor space is so limited? Here are a few places I have made magic happen:

Under a kitchen table, under the bed, in the bathtub, on a kitchen counter, inside a storage unit, on top of a bookshelf, on a shelf of the aforementioned bookshelf, on the roof (on a hot day)…

Anywhere there is space, it is yours to use! 

Remember, blocking doesn’t have to be glamorous, because your knits will be glamorous afterwards.