Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson is the founder of the blog La Vida Locavore and a member of the Organic Consumers Association policy advisory board. She is the author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It.

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For straight men who emphasize the performance of sexual prowess, sex with women is necessary to achieving masculinity — and women saying no puts a roadblock in their path to being a man. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, October 04, 2018
We Need to Talk About Masculinity
When we discuss sexual assault, we often talk about women. What should women do to stay safe? When I was in school, girls were even trained in women’s self-defense. I don’t know what the boys did during those time periods. Study hall? Ask any woman what she does to prevent sexual assault and she’ll...
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On TV, politicians say that it’s unreasonable to hold a man accountable for an assault he committed decades ago. Why on earth not? His victim is almost certainly still suffering from it. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The Unbelievable Cruelty of the GOP’s Kavanaugh Charade
This past week, my private reality and the public reality playing out on the television have diverged. It’s hard to believe that I live in the same world as Senator Chuck Grassley, the Senate judiciary chair trying to Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court. When Christine Blasey Ford first alleged...
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 "I know someone who reported a rape to the police and had a traumatic experience of testifying in court and getting cross-examined by her rapist’s lawyer in front of her rapist. And then the rapist was found innocent. I don’t want that to happen to me." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault
When Christine Blasey Ford came forward to report that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in 1982, you could cue the response: Why didn’t she speak out then? Why didn’t she go to the police? There’s a long, long list of reasons why a woman wouldn’t...
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We’re going to end up spending money either way: whether we pay to develop non-polluting energy sources, restore forests, and take other steps to prevent catastrophic climate change, or whether we don’t, and then we have to pay for the consequences. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Here Out West, ‘Smoke Season’ Keeps Getting Worse
Right now, much of the west is affected by wildfires. An unlucky minority will have to evacuate their homes, and some will lose their homes altogether — or even their lives. But for millions more across the west, “smoke season” is a real thing. Vast swaths of the west can be covered in smoke for...
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"Already pediatricians are warning about the lasting damage they’re likely to suffer from this cruel treatment." (Photo: Otherwords) Views
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Immigrant Kids Are Suffering Trauma That Will Last Years
Let’s be clear about something: Separating children from families, as the Trump regime is doing to undocumented immigrants, isn’t just cruel. It’s going to cause irreparable damage to the children involved — and probably to the parents too. The difference is that developmental trauma — trauma...
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"While Pruitt was getting headlines for having taxpayer-funded aides do his private business, his EPA just gutted an Obama-era law to protect Americans from toxic chemicals." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Scott Pruitt's Corruption Is Bad, But His Planetary Sabotage Is Worse
Did you hear that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, is so corrupt that he spent $1,560 on 12 customized fountain pens ? Or that he spent another $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth in violation of government spending laws ? Pruitt’s big spending on the taxpayer...
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"I would hazard a guess that many of these guys have been sold an unattainable model of masculinity." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Want to Attract Women? Try Not Hating Us.
The recent attack in Toronto by a man who identifies as an “incel” has called attention to the disturbing and flourishing online incel community. “Incel” stands for “involuntarily celibate.” These are straight men who, frustrated by their lack of romantic success, channel their feelings into hatred...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’ in the Trump Era
Maybe it’s time America’s psychiatrists reconsider their Goldwater Rule. The Goldwater Rule simply states that psychiatrists shouldn’t diagnose the mental health of a public figure unless they’ve personally examined the person. Naturally, if any public figures have sought mental health treatment,...
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Sunday, December 31, 2017
A New Year’s Resolution: Time to Speak Up
As we go into a new year, I have a resolution. I’m going to speak up more when men do things that make me uneasy. Take the other day, for example. I really like my neighbor. I also have no interest in dating him. It’s nothing against him, really. But I don’t know him well, and I’m not interested in...
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Monday, November 20, 2017
Washington’s War on Poor Grad Students
The Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress includes a special middle finger to the nation’s graduate students. It’s a little bit wonky, so stay with me here. I’ll explain how it affects me, since I’m an actual graduate student. Going to grad school would’ve been entirely out of reach...
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