Books Behind Bars: The Literary World of “Orange Is the New Black”

There are cliques in prison, racial tensions, violence and straight-up fights, but at the end of it all, books provide connections. Read more »

3 Real Life Prison Issues Seen in “Orange is the New Black”

OITNB successfully creates a cast of characters that viewers grow to care about, pushing past the usual indifference that people have about prison issues. Read more »

An In-Depth Look at How “Orange Is the New Black” Compares to Real Life

Now more than ever the criminal justice system deserves national interrogation. Read more »

Wow—Barack Obama's Speech on Trayvon Martin Asks Americans to Examine Our Own Racism

Barack Obama at this morning’s press conference on the death of Trayvon Martin. President Barack Obama has spoken out relatively rarely in his presidency on the big, controversial issues that dominate our headlines. In an analysis this week, the ... Read more »

Six Perspectives on George Zimmerman's "Not Guilty" Verdict

It’s the day after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murder or manslaughter for killing Trayvon Martin and it feels like everyone is stil a... Read more »

This Father’s Day, More Than 1 Million Fathers Are in Prison

Many kids will spend this morning hanging out with their fathers. But 1 in 7 African American children will have a hard time seeing a parent today—they’re in prison. Read more »

Fighting for the Right to Go Topless

This past week, the news broke that New York City began to instruct its police officers this winter that to make sure they act accordingly to legality of women going topless in public. It’s easy to dismiss this law with a punch line, but the truth is that instructing all of New York’s... Read more »

Memoir "Waiting to be Heard" Shows a Real, But Defensive, Amanda Knox

For four years, reporters swarmed the ancient Italian town of Perugia, wrestling one another like dogs to be the first to break each rumor in the titillating murder case of British woman Meredith Kercher. In the vapid analysis of most news bites, headline painted roommate Amanda Knox as a perfect... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Law Professor Patricia J. Williams Opens Up

Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, published these words twenty-five years ago in her renowned essay on slavery, race, gender, and rights called “On Being the Object of Property”: There are moments in my... Read more »

End of Gender: Argentina Grants Gender Self-Determination

Last week, Argentina gave citizens the freedom to change their legal and physical gender without having to undergo medical, psychiatric, or judicial procedures. Along with eliminating patronizing barriers... Read more »