Trying to brightside

By Mir
June 7, 2016

I don’t know about you, but for me, reading the news lately is pretty much making me hate everyone and everything.

My perspective on recent events is neither new nor substantially different than the many smart people who’ve already written about what’s going on, but when has that ever stopped me, before? If you have kids and you’re following the Brock Turner case, I humbly offer you some talking points for your family to try to eke a tiny bit of good (education) out of something awful (miscarriage of justice).


  1. Daisy

    Right on, Mama. These talks may be uncomfortable – heck, they ARE uncomfortable – but these talks are not optional. This case makes me sick.

  2. Oana

    I love reading your blog but I really wish you had full RSS feeds, especially for times like this morning when your site was down.

  3. Kristin

    I posted this on FB. You did an excellent job with the talk of decisions. EXCELLENT.

  4. Chris G

    Very good info. As usual a passionate and very informative post. I read the letter from the girl on a fb post this morning and was very impressed with the woman who was a victim and sickened by the lack of aknowledgement from the male involved. It sounds like a biased judge imposed a very lax sentence. I’m sharing on fb your post was equally well written and passionate.

  5. Monique

    So many words of wisdom in your post, made with conscious decision making, accountability and respect in every word. I too have shared this on FB.

  6. pharmgirl

    You Tube – “Consent Tea” – should be mandatory for every young man.

  7. Chris

    I truly can’t believe the judge’s decision given the evidence and conviction. I reminded my dd’s that, no matter what, you need to be a friend and have friends, who don’t leave a friend behind. This is by no means saying it still couldn’t have happened or to place any blame on the victim but I believe my group got through college and some situations that could have turned out very differently with this motto.

    Still appalled – both at another crime that is being minimized (did you see the dad’s statement??? WTF?) and a judge who ignored the legal guidance as to sentencing.

  8. Michelle

    I was at a loss on how to talk to and empower my daughters regarding this situation given that I only have a year left until my oldest is headed off to college. Thank you for this, it is an excellent way to begin the discussions–it has been shared with my friends on Facebook as an answer to my own question. There are so many ways it’s still tough being a girl and raising a girl but it’s such a blessing to be able to have this “village” to help avoid some of the most obvious pitfalls.

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