In the spirit of glancing backwards as we move forwards, here are some of the most popular posts from 2013:
Sexual Consent in Popular Culture: Waiting for Consent Doesn't Make You a Hero- Too often, movies (especially involving teenagers and young adults) use not raping someone when they're incapacitated as shorthand for "good guy." That's a problem.
When Is a Woman Not a 'Real' Woman?- Women are real no matter what their bodies look like. Unless they look like this.
About Those 'Ugly' Beyonce Super Bowl Pictures- So . . . about those.
Yes, That Onion Tweet is Racist and The Silences I Don't Hear- One little tweet caused a big stir, and it made me see things a lot differently.
Atheists, Privilege, and Passing: Who's Passing in America?- What happens when people assume you identify in ways you don't?
My Students are Not My 'Customers'- And you shouldn't want them to be.
Thoughts on Obedience and Toddlers- Maybe I don't really want an obedient child after all.
Criminality, Urban Living, and Race: When My Students Get Locked Up, I Get Angry- Sometimes what gets labeled as "criminal" is really in the eye of the beholder.
To Mrs. Hall: On Slut Shaming and Friend Denying- When a conservative blogger casts young women out of her teenage sons' lives, it reminded me of my own adolescence.
I Wish My Friends Trying to Lose Weight Would Read This- It's amazing what happened to my health when I stopped hating my body.
Thank you for making 2013 memorable and meaningful for Balancing Jane. I hope our conversations continue into a very happy, balanced new year for us all!
Photo: Reid Beels