I am so sorry you have to deal with such a lack of support, and boy can I empathize. It took me years to get the courage to tell my mom about my assault. Her response? "Well, you were asking for it. You kinda deserved it." (I was 15). I'm biased, but parents are often scummy terrible people. All we can do learn from… » 4/12/15 12:06am 4/12/15 12:06am

As a woman in astrophysics, I get this kind of harassment quite a bit. It's rather frustrating, and it can be incredibly demoralizing. I'm working on developing a thicker skin, but the surprise of male colleagues when I accomplish something still stings. The behavior of older male professors is pretty abhorrent as… » 4/02/15 4:11pm 4/02/15 4:11pm

I have a extremely painful physical disability (no cure! super rare! yay!), and the one thing that works more than anything is to lose myself in an immersive activity. Pain can be frustratingly persistent, and I do best when I am distracted by something more persistent than the pain. Specifically, I find that playing… » 3/04/15 3:52pm 3/04/15 3:52pm

I have so much work to catch up on after taking a few days off for my hearing this week. I have two midterms next week, a project that requires a bit of programming I don't know how to do, some evil physics thing that makes no sense, and an article to write for the university paper about ADA compliance. » 2/28/15 2:10pm 2/28/15 2:10pm

I consider well off to be someone who can pay all of their bills on time, afford entertainment (going to the movies, out to dinner, etc.), and afford decently nice material things (e.g. doesn't have to be designer clothes, but maybe from Macy's or something). » 2/26/15 2:39pm 2/26/15 2:39pm