social justice

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 »

In Oakland's Radical Brownies, Girls Collect Merit Badges for Activism

Say hello to the Radical Brownies, a troop of a dozen East Oakland girls who are learning about the merits of activism. Read more »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Law of the Land: An Interview with Legal Scholar and MacArthur Genius Sarah Deer

The statistics are atrocious. Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other women in the United States. At least 67 percent of Native women who report sexual assault say that their assailants were non-Native men. In Canada, over 1,200 Native women have gone... Read more »

Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay ... Read more »

Janet Mock Talks About the Power of Pop Culture

“What did I learn from being ‘the subject?’ I learned to show up prepared,” says Janet Mock. On her new pop culture show, So Popular!,... Read more »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... 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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