Elizabeth Hawksworth


The Shadow of Mental Illness: Thoughts on World Suicide Prevention Day

When I was 20, I used to refer to the dark cloud that followed me around daily as "The Shadow." It could descend without any warning. It followed me into the most joyful occasions, and it smothered me every time I lay down to sleep. I used to count the hours of the day, as I stared at the cinderblock walls of my dorm room. When was it permissible to let the Shadow win? When was it permissible to take the sleeping pills my doctor had prescribed me and descend into oblivion? ...more
I think the mental health system is a joke . I have also looked into treatment someplace where I ...more

One Year Since Robin Williams’s Death & I Still Want Better Mental Health Support

It was one year ago today that the biggest post of my writing career went viral. Many of you came to the post because of the death of Robin Williams – a tragic suicide that rocked our worlds and left a family without a father. The Genie was set free that day from crippling depression and the onset of Parkinson's disease, and in that, it was a sad but oddly powerful day. I said then that I don't think that his death was a waste, and I still don't. His death was not a waste. It was a blessed release from the prison of hellish pain he lived in. ...more
Blessed release from the pain he lived in . I wrestle with this daily .more

I Don't Wear Makeup or Heels. But I'm Not Going to Tell You What to Do

It’s pretty obvious, once you get to know me, that I really am not much for traditional beauty standards. I rarely wear makeup; it’s mostly a sensory thing. (The feeling of blush and foundation on my cheeks makes me want to scream.) I don’t know how to do much with my long hair, so I learn a few easy tricks and then do them when I feel like it – otherwise it’s in a ponytail. And I’ve heard a lot about my choice not to wear makeup much or to keep my hair long but not really do anything with it. Trust me – I’ve heard it, from family, friends, and even some significant others....more
Bravo, Elizabeth!  The whole point is to be true to you.  And even the idea of women berating ...more

About Feminine Strength: The #TeachHer Series

When I was younger, I was convinced I was weak.“They all hate me,” I would say, twirling my legs around the kitchen chair as I ate an after-school snack. “I don’t want to go back to school, Mom. They never let up. They never stop bullying.”And every day, my mother, as concerned as she was, would tell me these things. “Don’t let them see you care. Don’t let them get to you. You are likeable. You are strong. You are worth something.”...more

Mombod, Dadbod, Everyone's Bod is Awesome

I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the recent “dadbod” phenomenon taking over social media. If you haven’t, essentially it’s a bunch of dudes who have a certain type of physique being celebrated and called attractive for that physique. Which is awesome – I’m all for body positivity of every sort....more
Totally agree with you on this.  No one should judge people by their bodies. Shaming people ...more

No More Pocahontas Fantasies: Tanis Parenteau's New Film Focuses on Sexual Assaults of Native Women

1 in 3 Native women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes....more

Coachella & Cultural Appropriation: Please Just Stop

I'm pretty fond of the indie music scene, and am known amongst my friends as a hipster-in-denial (only when it comes to music, I swear). Coachella was something I became aware of last year, a music festival taking place in California. It usually is one of the biggest parties of the year and sets the stage for many indie artists. It's also a hotbed of cultural appropriation—namely, appropriation of Native culture. ...more
MusingMomma thank you for sharing it!more

The Paradox of the Outspoken Woman & Why She Bothers Men

I am an outspoken woman. I'm outspoken in real life, and I'm outspoken on the Internet. I don't shy away from a debate. I have Opinions, big ones, on anything from TV shows to social justice. I like discussions, and I am happy to sit down and go through a subject with a fine-tooth comb to pick out nuances and discuss them with like-minded folks. For me, the Internet has been great for allowing me to find and learn from all kinds of people. But there's another side to it....more
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Let's Uphold Freedom of the Press for Charlie Hebdo

When I was in journalism school, I had a professor who told us that whatever we did as journalists, we always had to be honest and play by our profession’s ethics. But more importantly, he told us, we had to play by our own personal ethics. The media has the power to make or break someone’s career. Words written in the media, much like words written on the Internet, last forever. Whatever we did, we needed to act with integrity....more

I Hope the World Will Join Me in My Resolution for 2015: Do Better

Every year, it seems like the months go faster and faster. I don’t know if that’s just because every year, I’m a little older, or if it’s because time really does move faster. Either way, I’m glad, from a social justice perspective, that 2014 is finished....more
Do better.  I say this a lot because we all fall short at some time or another.  However, as you ...more