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I’m a grad school drop-out who writes about a myriad of topics including social justice, my rescue dogs, and books. Instagram: @mathsiiin

A social justice writer with a love for carrot cake and the ocean

Me with my husband Alec and our rescue dogs Jasper (left) and Ginny. Photo provided by author.

On Medium and Twitter, part of my tiny bio includes the words “grad school drop-out.” This descriptor is important to me because I was married to the idea of school, academic accolades, and degrees for way too long. I feel proud that I left a program that wasn’t a financially wise decision for where I was moving my life. Being a drop-out of sorts represents growth for me.

I am an Enneagram 1. If you haven’t heard of this personality typing system, I wrote an overview you can read here. Basically, Type 1s are called “Reformers” and are known for…

An organized list of links to my stories based on topic

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I got the idea to create a Table of Contents from Casira Copes. I like that she just has a list pinned on her Medium page with emojis for easy navigation, and I’ve recently felt frustrated by the Medium profile format (I wish profiles were more like publications and allowed for category bars up top).

Below you’ll find a list of my articles to date, organized by category (articles listed newest to oldest).

And here’s my About Me story to get to know me better:
About Me — Madison…

Charles Mills’s thesis stands the test of time

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I began reading Charles Mills’s explosive book The Racial Contract while I was enrolled in a graduate program in 2020. Mills is a philosopher by degree and profession, with a focus on “social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race.”

His book, The Racial Contract is an expansion of the old philosophical social contract theory (modernized and made famous by Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau). …

Derek Chauvin was found guilty today, but there is still work to be done

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I am the opposite of a social butterfly, especially when it comes to social media. I deleted two of my social media accounts recently, and only made a Twitter account within the last week.

Suffice to say, I am usually unaware of breaking news and social events. I find things out a little late.

Today, about an hour after the verdict was delivered, I learned the results of Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd.

Guilty, on all counts.

I quickly went to Twitter to see the reactions across the nation (after hastily following a few news accounts…

Another child of color was shot in Chicago, and here’s what it teaches us

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[TW: police brutality, murder]

On Tuesday, April 13th, video footage was released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability of Chicago showing the homicide of Adam Toledo at the hands of a Chicago Police Officer on March 29th, 2021. Toledo was 13 years old at the time of his death.

The video footage was procured from a body cam that the officer was wearing at the time of the confrontation. Based on this evidence, and a frame-by-frame review of the footage, the shot fired by the officer occurred just seconds after Toledo raised his hands and turned to face the…

Stop making wokeness a goal

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I recently moved from Chicago to Michigan, and I miss the city that was my home for the last four years.

There are so many little things that made a densely populated and busy city feel like home to me- local eateries, memories of summer night bicycle rides, the sound of Spanish music blaring from car speakers.

But what I don’t miss is the woke culture.

Being a liberal city, voting Blue most of the time, Chicago could be said to be known for a sense of political awareness.

Granted, it is one of the most segregated cities in the…

An introvert’s advice on moving to a new town

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I recently moved, along with my husband and dogs, to a new area. We left Chicago where we had lived for the last few years to come to Michigan and settle down. My husband and I met in Michigan several years ago and knew that we would come back to the state one day.

The transition from Chicago city life to the quiet town I now live in has been difficult.

I have felt like a fish out of water.

My new coworkers constantly mention Chicago and ask me questions about it. I don’t have to lock my car doors…

Does that make me a bad person?

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Let me back up.

My husband and I had planned a move a couple of months ago to occur on April 1st. As we approached the potential moving date, our real estate agent in the new area told us that the current tenant would be remaining onsite until the end of April.

This was frustrating, not least because I’d already completed a transfer process with Starbucks to start at a new store. I was out of the old and (in terms of legal paperwork) into the new. I connected with my new store manager and told her the bad news…

Not much has changed.

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Throughout the years that we’ve been together, my husband has always told me that he thinks I look more beautiful without makeup on. I’ve always been an all-natural type of woman anyway; my mother never wore makeup except for rare occasions, and I’m the same way.

In my day-to-day life, I don’t fix my hair, put on makeup, or wear jewelry other than my wedding band.

When I am in an interview, however, it’s a different story.

For interviews, I make sure to tame my hair and transform it from its “natural” shape and texture to appear smooth and styled…

My OBGYN surprised me with her response in the operating room

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I have had varying experiences with hormonal birth control methods. I used the pill four and a half years ago until I discovered that I had become depressed. I stopped using it, and my husband and I just used natural methods for the next three years.

I then tried a hormonal IUD, which caused such excruciating cramps every night that I had it removed after about three weeks.

Next up was the arm implant, Nexplanon. I used this method for six months before again discovering that I was much more depressed and my libido was significantly lower. …

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