Politics

Let Us Live: What Does Loving Black Women Really Look Like?

What would it be like to celebrate Black women, not just as a performance or a trend? Without using them as a mascot for a movement. Without relying on them to save this country.

Collateral Damage: When It Comes to Caregiving, Women Are Already Toast

Caregiving is cleaning up after the news crews have left, scrubbing the hidden black mold years later, becoming ill from the contaminated floodwaters. Read more »

The X Factor: One Letter, Multiple Identities, and a Complex Future

How the gender-neutral “x” became a contemporary paradox. Read more »

Queer Representation in Congress Won’t Save Us

Representation isn’t everything. Read more »

Tender Judging Care : #TransCrowdFund and the Politics of Desire

Even before the GoFundMe boom, there was an element of desirability politics in healthcare. Read more »

Episodes Compound: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Isn’t Weaponizing Her Trauma

“Accountability is about creating safety,” Ocasio-Cortez said. Read more »

There’s Nothing Remarkable about Madison Cawthorn—or His Racism

Cawthorn is very much a product of the society he lives in: He is racist both despite and because of his disability. Read more »

Money Memory: Harriet Tubman Doesn’t Need to Be on the $20 Bill

What are the implications of commemorating the life of an enslaved woman on the currency of a nation that secured—and profited from—her enslavement? Read more »

World on Fire: Can President Joe Biden Save the Environment?

The Biden administration will need to quickly remediate the damage done. Read more »

The #SayHerName Movement Doesn’t Include Ashli Babbitt

To be clear, #SayHerName isn’t just a hashtag; it’s a movement.  Read more »

This Is Exactly Who America Is

For Black people, white nationalism is much more than a political ideal. Read more »

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Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

Where My Girls At: Meet Two of Ferguson's Black Queer Activists

Amid national discussions of police brutality and systemic racism, Black women have been the loudest and most consistent voices demanding change. Read more »