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Injustice Ignited: Incarcerated Firefighters on the Frontlines

At least six incarcerated firefighters have died while on duty since 1983.

Grand Theft Creative: The Gaming Industry’s Exploitative Crunch Culture

Despite booming profits, layoffs in the gaming industry are becoming more frequent, with less and less regard for their effects on employees. Read more »

Women Do the Majority of the Family Care. Can We Get Some Paid Leave?

More than two-thirds of the American public agrees that paid family leave should be available to all workers, even if they disagree about how it should be paid for. Read more »

No More Pencils, No More Books: What’s Next after the Year of the Teachers’ Strike?

2019, while still young, has shown that it’s in the running to be yet another extraordinarily important one for America’s unions, with teachers still at the forefront. Read more »

Home Remedies: Megan K. Stack Confronts the Global Impact of Class, Privilege, and “Women’s Work”

Domestic labor isn’t just a “mom” issue—it affects the entire world. Read more »

PleaseSaveMe: When Crowdfunding Is the Difference between Living and Dying

A petitioner’s viral video, robust social-media presence, or heartbreaking selfie is worth its weight in doctors’ visits. Read more »

“Maid” and the Resurgence of Hardship Memoirs

Stephanie Land doesn’t frame her story as an inspiring tale of bootstrapping, a blueprint for others, or evidence that grit and determination are all it takes to escape poverty. Read more »

Love Removal Machine: The Future of Outsourcing Sex

The idea of robots replacing sex workers is a [labor issue] that is confronting society as a whole, with the word ‘sex’ in it to make it spicy. Read more »

Word Travels: The Social Network Sex Workers Built

Many “respectable” women are discovering the strategies that sex workers use—which are actually the same ones used by all women outside the charmed circle of privilege.  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 »

Popaganda: The Best Things in Life Are Freelance

Almost half of millennials do freelance work—that is, they work as contract laborers, often in fields like writing, design, and computer programming—and the majority of those workers are women. The idea of ditching the office, the 9 to 5, and the butthead coworkers can be so tempting, but is this... Read more »

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Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »

Dear Bear: My Partner Makes No Money. Is That a Problem?

Our advice columnist offers a lesson in anticapitalist self-care. Read more »