social justice

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 »

Vanderbilt Football Player's Attorney Blames "Campus Drinking Culture" for Rape

A Vanderbilt football game in 2010. Photo by ... Read more »

That Time Sleater-Kinney Hung Out With "Broad City."

NPR Music recently hosted a meetup that seems specifically designed to make me green with envy: the stars of Comedy Central show Broad City interviewing the members of Sleater-Kinney. Watch the video below the cut.  Read more »

Real-Life Nuns Are No Joke

Nuns are often portrayed as either evil or a joke—or in the case of this Nunzilla toy, both. Photo by Choking Sun.  Nuns get a bad rap. Until this year, my understanding of what nuns are like didn’... Read more »

Feel-Good Feminism

This is an excerpt from the article “Feel Good Feminism” in the current issue of Oregon Humanities. Nineteen years ago, two friends and I sat around... 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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »

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 »