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Madison Lauterbach /

I was born in Denver raised in the surrounding suburbs. I graduated from MSU Denver with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. I was the news editor of the university’s newspaper The Metropolitan for two years and an intern at The Daily Camera and The Sentinel. I’m that person who argues about politics at the bar, like the time I won a debate with my ex about federal taxes and he keyed both sides of my car.
Opinion: Calling all anglers, hunters and the outdoorsy to Sound the alarms on climate change

Opinion: Calling all anglers, hunters and the outdoorsy to Sound the alarms on climate change

Last week I spent two days fly fishing on the Madison River in Montana. The valley area is one of my favorite places in the contiguous United States and the trip was a much-needed reprieve from the mental exhaustion of the last few months.

We launched Ms. Mayhem in May, shortly after my mother passed away. Covering the pandemic and protests have been scary and emotionally taxing. A few days before we left, I got the news alert that Ruth Bader Ginsberg died. During our 14-hour drive up to Montana, I saw that Breonna Taylor’s killers would not be charged for her death.

This year has thrown everything it has at me, and I know many others that feel the same. It’s a never-ending circle of shit.

But standing thigh-deep in the river I share a name with, my brain stopped working at 1,000 miles an hour.

SlutWalk fights against rape culture for ninth year with pasties, pleaser heels and panache

SlutWalk fights against rape culture for ninth year with pasties, pleaser heels and panache

SlutWalk Denver once again graced the streets with femmes in pleaser high heels and pasties this year, despite pandemic hurdles and the increased presence of right-wing militia in the city.

The march and rally began in 2011 in Toronto, Canada after a police officer suggested women “should avoid dressing like sluts” to prevent sexual assault. Since then, the movement has grown globally with thousands of participants each year calling for an end to rape culture and slut-shaming.

“SlutWalk was an international movement where every SlutWalk happened in 2011 in July, simultaneously,” said Becky Taha’Blu, a Denver organizer since 2016. “It debunked the fact that women can’t organize.”