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Micro-what?: An Introduction to Microaggressions

Have you ever been in a situation where your other-ness was, intentionally or unintentionally, blatantly pointed out? Have you ever experienced someone else’s stupid joke or dismissive comment take up way too much space in your mind, long after they’ve…

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In the World of Mainstream Sexuality, Bisexual People are Invisible

It seems that people may be finally starting to lose their grip on the model of “traditional” sexuality (read: heterosexuality). Same-sex marriage is receiving more and more support and legislation, which is wonderful for those who identify as lesbian or…

“I’m So OCD”: How Internalizing Diagnoses & Misusing Labels Hurts Everyone

We’ve all heard this one before. Maybe we’ve even said it ourselves (I won’t judge, I promise): “I’m so OCD. Everything in my kitchen has to be organized or I go crazy!” Or maybe it’s “The weather is so bipolar…

Kristen Martinez Interviewed by Thriveworks

Thriveworks has quoted Kristen Martinez in a comprehensive and intriguing blog post about the downsides of being “too attractive”. Since she has an underlying background of feminist theory and one of her specialties is women’s issues, Kristen wanted to share…

Unique Considerations in Counseling Black Men who Have Sex with Men

In many ethnic minority communities, particularly within the black/African-American community, the term “gay” is viewed as pertaining solely to the white male experience; for all intents and purposes, gay equals white. This word has no important personal meaning or significance…

Kristen Martinez Featured in Article Examining LGBT Portrayals in Ads

On November 17, 2014, Posted by , In Discrimination,LGBT,Miniroty,Uncategorized, By , With No Comments

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Kelsey Meany, a reporter for Generation Progress, about the status of LGBT rights as pertaining to advertising. Check out the full article below! Photo credit: Generation Progress – Kristen Martinez, M.Ed., Ed.S.,…

“Battle of the Sexes”? Men are from Earth, Women are from… Earth

On October 18, 2014, Posted by , In Counseling,Discrimination,Feminism,Miniroty,Therapy, By , , With No Comments

When it comes to sex and gender, it’s easy to think that we live in a divided world (or separate worlds!). “What do women want?” “What are men really thinking?” It’s a trope commonly employed in movies, television shows, and…

A New Eye- (and Ear-) Opening Perspective on Schizophrenia

As someone who hasn’t ever had schizophrenia, I honestly don’t know what it is like to hear voices. (Just to clarify, not every person who has schizophrenia hears voices, but it is a common symptom.) I’ve worked with clients who…

Lavender Ceilings and Glass Escalators: Not Just Stylish Design Terms

The glass ceiling is a phenomenon that most people have some general idea about: the effects of systematic gender discrimination in male-dominated workplaces that limit women’s abilities to be promoted or rise in rank throughout the company. Well, it turns…

Body-Shaming and Fat-Shaming: The Cultural Climate

Beauty standards are getting increasingly higher and higher (or should I say, thinner and thinner?). Attractiveness, by societal standards, has always relied on aesthetically pleasing features such as facial symmetry. However, what is deemed an attractive body type has changed…