Politics

Undecided: The Reliable Romanticizing of Unplanned Parenthood

The temptation to chalk our decisions up to the whims of some larger, intangible force—God, evolution, DNA, nature, life—is a powerful one. Read more »

Digital Crackdowns on the Sex Trade Can Put Sex Workers at Risk

Raiding sex worker websites may look good for law enforcement—but it can push sex workers further underground. Read more »

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Be the Best Black Friday Deal

Black Friday is a good time to reflect on the need for a bigger minimum wage. Read more »

Red Handed: Kristen R. Ghodsee on Sex and Socialism

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism highlights the stories of feminists and socialists who worked to make women’s lives better under socialism, while pointing to ways we can adapt their lessons for the future. Read more »

No Welcome Mat: The Problem with Houselessness Policies

Instead of shaming people without homes, states should create programs that focus on securing housing for people. Read more »

Trump’s Anti-Trans Policy Efforts Aren’t New—and Their History Is Horrifying

The transition from Weimar to Nazi Germany and Obama-era to Trump-era United States have striking similarities. Read more »

Ending Voter Suppression Is the Only Way to Stop the GOP

Since the Supreme Court decimated key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in 2013, conservative legislatures have continued targeting low-income communities of color, elders, disabled people, students, and other key Democratic constituencies.  Read more »

Queering the Midterms: 2018’s Barrier-Breaking LGBTQ Candidates

While Democrats’ failed to regain the Senate, this certainly feels like a rainbow wave. Read more »

It’s 420 Somewhere: The Growing Embrace of Legal Weed

Marijuana legalization legislation was on the ballot in four states this week. Read more »

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The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

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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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 »

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 »