Sexual Harassment and Assault as a Female Traveller

Trigger warning: This post discusses sexual harassment and assault.

I’ve lived in a few different countries in my life. I can tell you that misogyny, sexism and sexual harassment and assault are not exclusive to any one country. I’ve been a victim in Italy, the Czech Republic, the UK and at home in the U.S. It’s not something I or many other women talk about much, but then Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, was kidnapped while walking home from a friend’s house in London. She was murdered, and now millions of women in the UK and beyond are grieving her loss and remembering all the times they felt threatened or were harmed by men.

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How Being American Has Shaped My Worldview

In many parts of the world, Americans are often seen as ethnocentric with a lack of cultural understanding. Maybe they don’t feel the need to become more culturally-aware because they belong to a globally-dominant culture. While the U.S. claims to embrace different cultures, I’m not sure most Americans live up to that, but I want to.

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Call Me Out On My Bias

Like for many people, my emotions have been a roller-coaster over the last few weeks.

I’ve been outraged by the disproportionate number of black Americans dying from covid-19. I’ve been outraged by the murder of George Floyd. I’ve been outraged by people like my own dentist who said, “They shouldn’t go around destroying businesses just because a cop made a mistake.” I’ve been outraged by the callousness and ignorance so deeply embedded in American society.

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I Don’t Want To Go Back To “Normal”

I want to go forward to better. Do you?

Like many of us, I’ve been reflecting more and more on our way of life over the past few months. There’s no two ways about it: we’ve scarred this Earth, time and time again, even at our own expense.

Recently, there’ve been promising signs of change. We’ve been seeing headlines about clearer views of landscapes from lower levels of air pollution and ooh-and-ah-dorable wildlife where it hasn’t been spotted for decades. Sadly, these happenings aren’t due to a shift in society’s values (yet). Rather, they’re the result of undesirable and temporary compromises in our lifestyle. We’ve had a much more passive presence in the natural world but, for real, sustainable change, we need to be active about conservation and preservation.

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