Read Me on The Good Men Project

I’ve been reading The Good Men Project for awhile. The content there is educational and interesting. Recently, Sarah Fader came on as an editor. She and I had a couple of discussions about how I could contribute. We decided my first piece should be a revisitation of the work I wrote for Straight White Man Seeks Knowledge.

It’s always frightening to write about race and violence for me, but I trust Sarah. She’s a way paver for those of us trying to deconstruct the boxes we’ve been placed in through discrimination or stigma. I do believe this is an important piece, and I’m happy to have had the chance to breathe new life into it, and hopefully drive some traffic back to the original post where writers can discover my friend Drew. He’s fantastic.

As far back as I can remember, my life has been littered with angry white men who stood in my way. They had their reasons: I was too female, too brown, too Muslim White men stood in my way and they were ugly about it. They were school administrators, police officers, teachers, neighbors and peers. Sometimes they were friends who thought they could save me. They never asked if I needed saving. They just assumed.

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Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

2 Discussion to this post

  1. Luci says:

    I’m happy for you that the article has been picked up … but please ask them to fix the typo in your last name right at the beginning!

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    • Shawna Ayoub Ainslie says:


      Indeed! Well, the typo didn’t get corrected last I checked, nor did the formatting, but since that piece is being trolled by the privileged masses, I’m just going to let it go. LOL.

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