social justice

Exhale on Mother's Day

I became pregnant, the first time, in October 1997. Starting in my earliest days of trying to conceive, I kept a stack of pregnancy-related books on my nightstand, and I read through them religiously several times a day, every day. Given all that, I'm sure I must have skimmed over the sobering... Read more »

May Day! May Day!

May Day, also known as International Worker's Day or Labour Day, is a global holiday held annually on May 1st to honor the economic struggles and achievements of workers and labor activists. Read more »

Gloria Steinem: "Still Committing 'Outrageous Acts' at 75"

WOW (The Women on the Web) has a lengthy Q&A with feminist icon Gloria Steinem.  Here’s a snippet: wOw: What do you think is the greatest achievement in women’s rights in your lifetime? Steinem: A critical mass of people here and around the world no longer believe that biology... Read more »

South Korean Feminists Look Good in a Tiara

In a show of humorous feminist triumph, a group of South Korean women organized the eleventh annual Anti-Miss Korea Festival to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the death of the beauty pageant in South Korea... Read more »

Introducing... 'On the Map'

Last month I watched German electronic band Mouse on Mars light the crowd on fire at Soho, a posh nightclub in Kolkata, India. A hundred desi girls and boys bounced awkwardly around the tiny dance floor—beer in one hand, cigarette in the... Read more »

A Bitch in Black Round-Up

 Mike Tyson’s “confession”, The Pocketbook Monologues, un-beweavable Oprah, Pulitzer winners, and Farai Chideya’s “Kiss..”… Remember back in the day when a group of black ministers rallied in support of Mike Tyson when he was accused (and later, convicted) of raping a black... Read more »

A black Muslim, a priest, and an Episcopalian walk into a bar

*wait for it* …and they are all the same woman. Meet Ann Holmes Redding: Until recently, she was a womanist biblical scholar, an Episcopal priest with more than 20 years under her robe, the Director of Faith Formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle—and a convert to Islam.... Read more »

In Memoriam

Imagine being teased and harassed by your peers–“You’re gay!” “You’re girlie!” “You’re a fag!”—because you don’t conform to their expectations of you based on your gender. Imagine that this happens every day at school. Imagine that you are 11 years old. What if... Read more »

Art + Domestic Violence Redux

This comes on the heels of my previous post about art and domestic violence. John Waters’ pop art portrayal of the relationship between Ike and Tina Turner is all-too-accurate. As a director of some of the most acclaimed highbrow B-movies of all time, Supertouch amigo JOHN WATERS needs no further... Read more »

The Souls (and Hair) of Black Girls

“The average age of entry into prostitution today in the Untied States is 13 years old.” The stories of some of the girls whose lives bear out this disturbing statistic are told in Very Young Girls, one of three documentaries in recent years that examine the lives of black girls and women. Very... 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 »

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative... 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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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 »