Politics

Let Monarchy Reign: “We Are the Radical Monarchs” Shows How High Girls of Color Can Soar

“I began to imagine what a radical young girl’s social justice troop looked like; a group that centered and affirmed her experiences as a beautiful and brilliant Brown girl against so many societal pressures to conform to mainstream ideals of girlhood.” Read more »

Heartbeat Bills Are Part of the Endgame for “Roe v. Wade”

Unprecedented levels of anti-abortion legislation at the state and national level are happening more frequently and becoming more extreme. Read more »

Commander in Disbelief: A Timeline of Sexual Assault Allegations against Trump

While sexual-assault survivors take hits to their reputations, financial security, and personal safety, what do Trump and other men accused of sexual misconduct lose? Read more »

Backtalk: That’s Not Consent. That’s Capitalism.

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the newest marketing ploy around consent: condoms that require four hands to open. These kinds of throwaway, viral products commodify ideas around sexual violence without actually working to solve a problem (while hoisting the blame for sexual assault away from... Read more »

#MeToo’s ‘Moment’ Isn’t Ending—It’s Just the First Step

Systemic and widespread institutional change is still desperately needed in order to ensure that positive outcomes for sexual-violence survivors match the fervor with which advocates have embraced the ethos of the #MeToo movement. Read more »

Forget Thoughts and Prayers, School Shooting Survivors Need Mental Healthcare

While we know the names of those who died and those who killed them, we are just beginning to fully understand the impact that mass shootings have on the psyches of survivors. Read more »

Believe Me: Genderqueer and Nonbinary Survivors on Visibility and Identity

Those living at the intersection of nonbinary and survivor are forced to reconcile with others reshaping their bodies and needs. Read more »

No Safe Haven: When Natural Disasters Strike Behind Prison Walls

Freedom of movement should be a human right, and yet even in the face of terrifying hurricanes, tsunamis, or wildfires, evacuation of inmates is a decision left to the mercy of local and federal officials. Read more »

What Just Happened?: Ohio Just Effectively Banned Abortion

The six-week abortion ban known as the “heartbeat bill” is now law in Ohio. Read more »

Punishment Is Not Justice: Defying Definitions After Sexual Violence

We need to move beyond binary survivor-perpetrator framing. 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 »

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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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 »

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 »