The Emotional Labor Union
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The ELU is a safe space and a platform to talk about your experiences. Devoting time to critical thinking and interaction empowers us to sharpen our speaking skills and define the source of our feelings as well as reminds us we have voices that deserve to be heard.

Voices as Power

Posts tagged my body
#metoo - a review

I was about 12-years-old the first time I went to a concert. My friend’s family was going to Summerfest, Wisconsin’s yearly music festival, and we saw Brandy. It was AMAZING! Her parents let us go to the show alone, meeting up with them afterward. We wandered around on cloud nine after having such a grown-up experience and saw Hootie and the Blowfish playing a couple stages down! About two songs in I felt a hand on my butt. I froze. My friend’s father was standing directly behind me; his hand cupping me.

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On the anniversary of Roe v Wade I’m reminded of my own abortion story

When I was 23 I got pregnant in a country where abortion is illegal. I had been in Chile, teaching English, for about 5 months and had known the man for even less time. Naively, I took a pregnancy test during the 15 minute passing period between classes. When the ‘+’ appeared it felt like my stomach had fallen out of my body. It’s still the only time in my life I’ve ever felt faint.

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