social justice

16 Feminist Halloween Costume Ideas

There’s lots of advice out there about what not to be on Halloween—people dressing up as “Indians” and ... Read more »

One in Four Young Female Internet Users is Stalked Online

We’ve been talking about online harassment a lot in the past few weeks and now a timely ... Read more »

Meet the Awesome League of Female Magic: The Gathering Players

This past week at Geek Girl Con in Seattle, I met other women who had seen every episode of The X-Files, played every Legend of Zelda game, read every... Read more »

Nerds Unite at Seattle's Geek Girl Con: Photos.

Geek Girl Con took over downtown Seattle’s convention center this weekend for its fourth annual celebration of the creativity and cultural contributions of nerdy women everywhere.  Read more »

Laverne Cox and bell hooks Had a Discussion About Gender and Pop Culture

bell hooks is a scholar-in-residence at the New School in New York City this month and this week talked with none other than Laverne Cox in front of a packed crowd.  The conversation is a rare and honest... Read more »

Why Do We Protest?

A change climate protest before Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Photo by Adam Welz via If I were making a list of things that felt absolutely futile to protest, I’d put climate change at the... Read more »

Victim Blaming at the Miss America Pageant

Criticizing the Miss America pageant feels almost old school. Does anyone even take Miss America seriously anymore? Read more »

Public Health Campaigns Shouldn't Shame Moms Who Choose Not to Breastfeed

A group of moms on The Simpsons responded in horror to Marge’s revelation that she doesn’t breastfeed.  National Breastfeeding Month just finished and let me say that, yes,... Read more »

The VMAs Cemented Feminism as Beyoncé's Brand. What Comes Next?

A confession: I wasn't going to write about The Thing. Everyone else, it seemed, had their think pieces written this past Sunday night, and I couldn't imagine what else... Read more »

When Someone in the Sex Industry is Attacked, It's Victim-Blaming Business as Usual

Perhaps it’s true that were Christy Mack not well-known as a porn star and tattoo model, this wouldn’t be such big news to begin with. But coming on the heels of very recent headlines about domestic violence, sparked by a video showing Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice dragging his... Read more »


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 »

House Proud : The troubling rise of stay-at-home daughters

“Daughters aren’t to be independent. They’re not to act outside the scope 
of their father. As long as they’re under the...

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »