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Fertile Ground: Food Banks, Nutrition, and the Romney Delusion

Though it may seem like old news now, Ann Romney’s positioning by the GOP as the epitome of womanly motherhood is important here. It is no secret that the Romney family is out-of-this-world wealthy. Ann Romney’s stayed-at-home child-rearing therefore brings up many issues, including... Read more »

The 99%: Thoughts from the 1%

One of my close friends pointed out when I began to write this series that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to explore a freelance writing career if I weren’t able to take risks with my own earnings.  And she’s completely right.  Bitch is wonderful, but as an independent... Read more »

The 99%: The (Class) Difference Between

Harry and Katniss are very different heroes because they live in very different worlds.  But if I had to guess whether most people felt their world more closely resembled the private boarding school with clear-cut lines between good and evil, or the dystopic district with frustrated and... Read more »

The 99%: The (Class) Difference Between

In Harry Potter, then, social class is a way of telling us something about the characters more than the actual lived reality or a source of conflict that it becomes in The Hunger Games.  This is because in the wizarding world, power doesn’t come just come from... Read more »

The 99%: "Finding North"

This is the second of three posts on films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival addressing inequality, poverty, and... Read more »

The 99%: "The Queen of Versailles"

Lauren Greenfield’s film The Queen of Versailles is both an infuriating and humanizing portrait of the economic collapse from the perspective of one of the country’s richest families. Read more »

The 99%: Undercover Boss and the Undervalued Worker

Unions are supposed to help workers have jobs that are safe, fairly compensated, and have opportunities for upward mobility. But unions are having trouble doing that these days, in large part because so many legislators and executives (like the ones on Undercover Boss) are going so far to limit... Read more »

The 99%: Why the Real Housewives of Atlanta Aren

Few women of color are allowed to represent themselves on television with much nuance; frequently they are reduced to stock characters like mammies and Jezebels that deny them full, complex humanity.  Successful women... Read more »

The 99%:

For the Bluths, their wealth is a performance, but their class privilege is real. They live in a former shell of their old life: they share a model home built by the once-lucrative Bluth construction company that stands alone in an unfinished development. Beautiful inside and out, the home... Read more »

The 99%: Trashy People Talking Trash on Trash Television, or Jersey Shore

Trailer trash, white trash—these ways of describing low-income people aren’t new.  They’re meant to make people quite literally disposable, a way of denying their humanity and their potential to offer anything of value. With Jersey Shore, though, we get the “trash” without... Read more »

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