social justice

Years Before College, Middle Schoolers Campaign to End Campus Rape

13-year-old Leilani in a middle school video raising support for the Campus Safety and Accountability Act. On the last day of school before spring break at Manhattan Country School, the 7th and 8th graders... Read more »

There's No Such Thing As a Post-Baby Body

Notice a trend here? From the Eva Mendes “Sweatpants-Gate” to Kelly Clarkson’s ongoing encounters with fat-shamers, our nation is obsessed with celebrities... Read more »

Amber Rose and Black Women's Sexuality

Tabloid favorite Amber Rose’s personal and political commitments are perhaps best summed up by her Twitter bio. Rose describes herself as a “badass,” a “MILF (Mom I’d Like to Fuck),” a “sweetheart,” and surprisingly, a feminist... Read more »

5 Innovative Ways to Fight Street Harassment

While street harassment remains a huge problem, this is the largest year yet for this movement to change the culture around our public spaces. Read more »

Meet the Feminist "Godless Congregation" Challenging Atheism's Bro-Culture

A Carl Sagan quote featured by Harvard's Humanist Hub, a feminist-minded secular community center.  Across the United States, the number of people who don’t consider themselves religious is rapidly rising—... Read more »

Chiara de Blasio Speaks Out Against the Stigma of Mental Illness

Chiara de Blasio and her mom, New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray at the launch of a new text message-based mental health resource for teens. Chiara de Blasio is known for being the daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, but she’s also won acclaim for her... Read more »

What is Life Like for Deaf People in Prison?

Talila Lewis, center, speaking to the FCC about the rights of deaf people in prison. We’ve reached a critical moment in our history. As we incarcerate more people than ever before, we can no longer put off having honest conversations about the effects of police brutality and abuse of... Read more »

Should Batgirl Be Cured?

In the DC Comics universe, Barbara Gordon was Batgirl until the Joker injured her—then she took on the role of computer hacker Oracle (above). But in later issues, writers reset the whole storyline, reverting Barbara to a young crime-fighter who doesn’t use a wheelchair. ... Read more »

Why Does the UK Tax Periods?

Do you find it a luxury to be doubled over by period cramps? No? Maybe it’s just the UK government and the European Union who think so, then. Recently, people in the UK have been speaking up about the absurdity of the government charging a luxury tax on all feminine hygiene products. Read more »

The Trouble With Celebrity Feminism

This old-school leftist slogan was on my mind yesterday: “Either you’re part of the solution or part of the problem.” While the phrase was radical in its day, intended to shake moderates out of their complacency, this is a polarized binary that has limited usefulness for assessing everyday... Read more »

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Trans Women Are Women. Why Do We Have to Keep Saying This?

Caitlin Jenner posing on the cover of Vanity Fair This Sunday, the New York Times ran an op-ed by... Read more »

A Conversation About Transgender Representation in Pop Culture

Janet Mock, on her MSNBC web show, is one of a handful of transgender people who has recently gained international visibility. Recently, we... Read more »

Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »