Happy New Year!
2013 was a transformative year for me and my writing. My business and my blogging have changed and grown a lot in the last 12 months. In a lot of ways, my writing here at Change From Within has taken a back seat to my writing for larger platforms, namely Everyday Feminism and The Good Men Project, which has been cool to see. As is my yearly tradition, it’s time to reflect on my writing of the past year and highlight those pieces that were most widely-read.
Over at Everyday Feminism, three of my pieces really stood out in terms of reception and hits:
“‘That’s Racist Against White People’ A Discussion on Power and Privilege“ was by far my most popular piece of 2013 at EF with more than 80,000 hits.
Also worthy of mention from my Everyday Feminism writing in 2013 are “Intent vs Impact: Why Your Intentions Don’t Really Matter“ and “So You Call Yourself an Ally: 10 Things All ‘Allies’ Need to Know“.
At The Good Men Project, I had a few different pieces go bananas in 2013.
“The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21“, a piece I co-wrote with Alyssa Royse, Julie Gillis, and Joanna Schroeder, was by far my most-read contribution of 2013 with more than 1 million hits on numerous platforms.
My “Open Letter to the Rapey Frat Brother and the ‘How to Get Laid’ Generation“ also was widely read, getting picked up by the Huffington Post.
Change From Within’s Top 10 Articles of 2013
Over here at Change From Within, the posts that were most read speak to the changes in my own work. More and more, I have tried to highlight the writing and perspectives of the amazing people in my community, and that’s reflected in the most-read articles of the year. 4 of the top 10 articles of 2013 were composed by friends and mentors!
Without further ado, here are the top posts from Change From Within in 2013:
After “Racism, Appropriation, and the Harlem Shake” (coming in at #2 below), lots of readers were asking questions like, “So what are we supposed to do? How do we actually resist cultural appropriation?” In response, I wrote out a list of simple actions that we can all take to resist cultural appropriation around us.
After being racially and religiously profiled by the TSA in June of 2013, my dear friend Kadra Abdi wrote this powerful call to action with ways that we all can stand up to racial and religious profiling. Her compelling story challenges us to think critically about our own judgments and how we can be part of the solution to this pressing problem.
After much criticism for my piece entitled “Preventing Sexual Violence – Rethinking Lisak & Miller,” I wrote a piece that tackled some of the math being used in criticizing my reconsideration of the groundbreaking Lisak & Miller research. My friend Rida helped me run some mathematical scenarios that rethink the “predator theory” for who exactly we should be focusing on in our work to prevent sexual violence.
In August, Hugo Schwyzer, a man who I have defended in the past, showed everyone who he truly is: a misogynistic, racist fraud. In turn, I owed a lot of people apologies for my defense of this indefensible man. Here is the public version of that apology.
For me, like many people, the “not-guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was devastating. It wasn’t particularly surprising, but it was devastating emotionally and in its wider implications. Thus, I was incredibly thankful when my friend and mentor Daniel Escalante emailed me with a list of suggestions for action that he (and others) put together. Now, a few months after the verdict, it is good for me to revisit these suggestions and recommit to action in 2014. I encourage you to do the same.