We have always lived loud, and we’re not going to change that

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GGen X refuses to die with dignity. We will die in the spirit of Grace Jones and Poison, thank you, as we express ourselves in any way we see fit, whether that be in a regular suit and tie, or a full body of tattoos.

Most of us are not…

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Donald J. Trump. Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Reality show celebrity Josh Duggar. Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida. What do all of these men have in common? They’re leaders in the modern conservative movement who have been credibly accused of harming women and children.

That’s supposed to…

Spending a year away from my angry, narcissistic parent made me realize I no longer want to see him

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Like many families, Covid-19 separated me from my parent — he has heart problems — and during those first months of quarantine, when we were all waiting for vaccinations, it didn’t make sense to put his health at risk. Truthfully, it was a relief to not have to see him…

A true essay

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For a time in the early 2000s I ran a liberal monthly rag in my hometown in Kansas. Despite being filled with local reporting, provocative opinions, poetry, art and music, it was spectacularly unsuccessful at making money. Despite the local liberal rabble-rousers’ vocal insistence they very much wanted a “progressive”…

And I can’t turn off the alarm

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I do a lot more arguing on the internet than I should, a time-wasting, disgusting habit I’m trying to break — I swear. I’ve been kicked off social media again and again for going off on racists and misogynists. Why do you do it? My friends and family want to…

Amber Fraley

Writer, novelist, Kansan, wife, mom, essayist, journalist, reproductive rights activist, Jayhawk, dork. @KSAbortionFund

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