Victoria Law on Politics

The Dubious Distinction of Being the First Out Trans Woman in Military Prison

  “I am Chelsea Manning. I am female.” With that announcement, Chelsea Manning begins her thirty-five year sentence with the dubious distinction of being the first openly trans woman in the U.S. military prison system. While a ... Read more »

3 Real Life Prison Issues Seen in “Orange is the New Black”

OITNB successfully creates a cast of characters that viewers grow to care about, pushing past the usual indifference that people have about prison issues. Read more »

Everyone Should Be Horrified That California Prisons Sterilized Dozens of Female Inmates

In 1923, 17-year-old Carrie Buck was raped and impregnated. Her adoptive family, trying to avoid the public shame of having an unwed mother in their midst, had her committed to an institution for the “feeble minded.” Because she was supposedly “feeble-minded” and the daughter of an... Read more »

The "Pathway to Citizenship" Bill May Become the "Pathway to Deportation"

This week includes the most patriotic day of the year—a perfect time to consider the current heated debate over the milions of people living in the United States who want to be able to legally call themselves Americans and access the privileges that citizenship brings.  Read more »

SNAP Judgment: Why No Food Stamps for Felons is a Bad Idea

When Sara Kruzan was seventeen, she was convicted of first-degree murder of a man who had subjected her to sexual abuse and forced prostitution. Earlier this month—18 years after her conviction—the ... Read more »

A Short List of Great Resources for Racial Diversity in Young Adult Sci-Fi

This is my last post on the Girls of Color in Dystopia guest blog series. I’ve read nearly 40 books just for this series and was disappointed (but, sadly, not surprised) to realize just how many of them have few to... Read more »

Two YA Authors Explore Life After the Bomb

  We all know (or should) about the horrific effects of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Authors Ellen Oh and Julianna Baggott both draw from this sickening point in history to explore even more dystopic aftermaths of post-bomb life.   Read more »

Race & Body Issues in Nalo Hopkinson's "The Chaos"

When I first picked up Nalo Hopkinson’s The Chaos last summer, I thought, “Finally! A book with a young woman of color as the protagonist!” Of course... Read more »

Send in the Clones: Two YA Novels' Treatment of Race, Gender, and Cloning

People of color are often seen as the exceptions in predominantly white societies’ mass media, like US literature. Let’s look at race and gender in two dystopic young adult scenarios in which the exceptional group is not people of color, but clones they’ve created. Read more »

YA Book "What's Left of Me" is a Dystopian Take on Nationalist Fervor

“If you see something, say something” has been the slogan for buses, trains, and airports since 9/11. It’s been used to justify increased surveillance and targeting of Muslims and people from the Middle East. After the Boston bombing, we’ve seen it used to ... 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 »