Victoria Law on Politics

The Real Women of “Orange Is the New Black” Are Now Activists

On June 21, women who had been imprisoned at FCI Danbury, where Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman served most of her sentence, convened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a rally. Read more »

New Documentary "Out in the Night" Asks: Who Has the Right to Self Defense?

Who has the right to self-defense? How do race, class, sexuality, and gender expression affect what our society sees as violent? In 75 minutes, new documentary Out in the Night challenges us to consider these questions. The film... Read more »

Can “Orange Is the New Black” Change the Way Congress Thinks About Prisons?

Since the show’s debut, Piper Kerman has been speaking at college campuses, community centers, and social-justice organizations around the country about women’s prison issues. Read more »

Sci-Fi YA Series Tankborn Imagines Caste, Class, and Skin Color in Dystopia

This month, the final book in Karen Sandler’s dystopian young adult sci-fi series Tankborn hits the shelves. I profiled the series last year on Bitch as part of a series on portrayals of ... Read more »

NYC Hands Out 35 Million Condoms a Year, Then Arrests (Certain) People for Having Them

It makes sense for public health departments to invest in distributing free condoms. But why would a city spend a million dollars a giving out free condoms—then allow police to use those very same condoms as evidence of prostitution? This may sound ridiculous, but this has been the reality in New... Read more »

The Rhetoric of Immigration Reform: From "Si Se Puede" to "Bring Them Home."

“Si se puede! Si se puede!” That’s the rallying cry I remember from 2006 when waves of immigrant rights marches and protests swept the country. Read more »

Linking Capitalism and Immigration: A Q&A with Migrant Justice Activist Harsha Walia

It’s no secret that despite sounding the rhetoric of comprehensive immigration reform, the Obama administration has deported nearly two million people. Rather than wait... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Texas Laws are Just the Worst.

A Texan succinctly protests the state’s restrictive anti-... Read more »

We Need to Face America's Dark History of Sterilizing People Behind Bars

American prisons have a dark history of forced sterilization: Louisville residents protested forced sterilizations in 1971. Photo from the Southern Conference Educational Fund via the History News Network  On... Read more »

Trying to "Rescue" Sex Workers By Arresting Them is a Bad Idea

Illustration of Monica Jones by Molly Crabapple. Monica Jones is a sex workers’ right advocate in Phoenix, Arizona, a trans woman of color, and a social work student.... Read more »

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Will Filming the Police Keep Us Safe?

There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf... Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »