Women and IPV in Pinellas County: What Can We Do?

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by ZontaDoris Do you know anyone with IPV? Many people do not know the acronym even though IPV is a serious, preventable public health problem in our community. IPV is short for Intimate Partner Violence, a reference term for aggressive behaviors that occur between partners in life such as husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, or gay/lesbian couples. The …

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A Little of This, a Little of That…but Never Whatever

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by ZontaDoris I wanted to learn to make things that tasted good. So I asked for and received precise instruction from talented cooks in my family. (Yeah…right!) The reality is that I picked up tips from incredible culinary artists close to me, however, they were seldom exact. It was mainly “put in a little of this, …

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Hidden Figures: 3 “Colored Computers” Who Helped US Race into Space

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By ZontaDoris “We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So, when you study history, you must always ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth?”  –a Ghanaian teacher in The Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Maybe …

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This is what democracy looks like…

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by ZontaDoris On Saturday, January 21, I participated in the Women’s March for Social Justice in St. Petersburg, FL. More than 20,000 came to walk a one-mile route to “get involved in social justice issues at a critical time.” (Amy Weintraub quoted in “Protest is largest in city’s history,” by Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times)

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What Does Appearance Have to Do with Sexual Assault? Nothing.

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by ZontaDoris During the last election cycle, we heard a lot about how women look. Beautiful women received compliments and acceptance. Women with unsatisfactory body parts defined by men as “flat chests,” “big asses,” and “ugly faces” were derided or dismissed. We also witnessed (albeit in a partisan commercial) how these flippant, casually offered, undermining …

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