Politics

Beyond Bars: Prison Abolition Should Be the American Dream

The possibilities are endless, if we allow ourselves to dream bigger than criminalization and bondage. Read more »

Undivine Intervention: Do We Need Religious Faith to Defend Humanitarian Aid?

What religious-freedom claims mean for the legal future of progressive movements. Read more »

What Just Happened?: The Murder of George Floyd

Now is the time to rise up, and people across the United States are meeting that demand. Read more »

Looting Is the American Way

Any actual violence in the form of fighting agents of the state is justifiable and should be considered self-defense.  Read more »

Manipulative Neutrality: Mark Zuckerberg Won’t Fact-Check Trump, Threatening Democracy in the Process

At this point, it’s impossible to argue that social media is a neutral force. Read more »

What in the Hell is Going on with Joe Biden?

Calling out our collective dissatisfaction with the person campaigning for our support isn’t some odd form of selling out. Read more »

Left in the Lurch: It’s Time for a Post-Bernie Reckoning

Sanders’s campaigns revealed the danger of reconceiving leftism as a Big Name–driven electoral brand. Read more »

As Struggling Creatives Join Sex Work, What Do Long-Term Sex Workers Lose?

Even if they don’t practice sex work, many creatives tap into sexuality as an extension of self, exploring it in sculpture, photography, and performance. Read more »

Coronavirus Is Triggering Historical Trauma—and Real Life Consequences—for Native Americans

Like the rest of the world, Indian country is scared, and it has even more reason to be. Read more »

22 Hours of Hate: Trump’s Press Briefings Are a Pageant of Misinformation

There is a sense, watching the briefings, of sliding off a precipice into uncharted waters together with the rest of the nation. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »