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Where the bee sucks. there suck I:
In a cowslip's bell I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
The Rare and Radiant Maiden the Angels Named Lenore

The Rare and Radiant Maiden the Angels Named Lenore

The following day, I attended a workshop about preventing gender violence, facilitated by Katz. There, he posed a question to all of the men in the room: “Men, what things do you do to protect yourself from being raped or sexually assaulted?”

Not one man, including myself, could quickly answer the question. Finally, one man raised his hand and said, “Nothing.” Then Katz asked the women, “What things do you do to protect yourself from being raped or sexually assaulted?” Nearly all of the women in the room raised their hand. One by one, each woman testified:

“I don’t make eye contact with men when I walk down the street,” said one.
“I don’t put my drink down at parties,” said another.
“I use the buddy system when I go to parties.”
“I cross the street when I see a group of guys walking in my direction.”
“I use my keys as a potential weapon.”

The women went on for several minutes, until their side of the blackboard was completely filled with responses. The men’s side of the blackboard was blank. I was stunned. I had never heard a group of women say these things before. I thought about all of the women in my life — including my mother, sister and girlfriend — and realized that I had a lot to learn about gender.

This is LaRue.

This is LaRue.

LaRue was alone and missed her friends Gidget and Onyx.

LaRue was alone and missed her friends Gidget and Onyx.

So she sailed over the Blue Paper Sea.

So she sailed over the Blue Paper Sea.

And did battle with The Great Tentacled Monster of the Dim Grey Marshes of Humbolt and Mansford.

And did battle with The Great Tentacled Monster of the Dim Grey Marshes of Humbolt and Mansford.

LaRue was brave and did not fail.  She was reunited with Onyx and Gidget.

LaRue was brave and did not fail.  She was reunited with Onyx and Gidget.

The girls celebrated with a delicious snack.

The girls celebrated with a delicious snack.