social justice

How Well-Intentioned Public Health Campaigns Can Wind Up Shaming Women

In sci-fi classic The Handmaid’s Tale, women’s bodies are controlled and seriously policied by society.  We can all agree that fetal alcohol syndrome is a tragedy. But although American public awareness campaigns about the dangers of drinking while pregnant have good... Read more »

Seven Studies That Prove Mansplaining Exists

Remember when Kanye West cut off Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs? As Swift launched into her acceptance speech for Best Female Video, West ran onstage and grabbed the mic away from her and said, “Taylor, I’m really... Read more »

Capitalism Hates a Hand-Me-Down

Old Navy divides even lunch bags into “boys only” and “girls only.”  Until I became a parent almost eight years ago, I had never thought much about gender in children’s clothes and toys. Read more »

Penned In: Letters Reveal the Lives of Transgender Women in Prison

Last August, the Army private now known as Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison. A day after the trial, Manning... Read more »

An Interview with the Brains Behind the bell hooks Phone Line

Last week, the internet lit up with news of a phone number that would text you back bell hooks quotes. The two creators of the ... Read more »

When a Woman is a Daddy to Her Kids

I was well into my thirties when my partner of six years and I signed ourselves up for parenting. And I mean signed up literally. Read more »

This New Phone Number Will Text You Back a bell hooks Quote

What do you do if someone asks for your number and you don’t want to give them a real one? There’s a new fake phone number for that: (669) 221-6251.  Read more »

Trolls Don’t Just Want to be Rude—They Want Power Over Us

It’s easy to roll your eyes at trolling—to say “don’t read the comments” and dismiss trolls as just a bunch of haters. But let’s talk about trolling for what it really is: disruptive behavior that seeks reinforce power over marginalized communities.  The power issues that motivate trolling... Read more »

Mass Market: Two Latina authors plot a feminist takeover of chick-lit

“You bitches are lucky to have a health clinic,” one of the girls said.“Hold up, ladies,” Marisol said. “Remember, you are not bitches,” she said. “You are hoes.”The women laughed.“Bitches are dogs,” Marisol said. “But whores are... Read more »

Against the Ropes: For women boxers, it's a fight just to get in the ring

Photos are from Women Boxers: The New Warriors, by Delilah Montoya. More than a decade before Maureen “Moe” Shea was Hilary Swank’s sparring partner in Million Dollar Baby, she was struggling just to get a jab in. “There were gyms that closed the door in my face,” says... 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 »

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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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 »

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 »