social justice

A Q&A with Kristen Sollee About Unleashing Your Inner Witch

Each page offers illuminating examples of women and femmes resisting the patriarchy and embracing their inner power. Read more »

Filtering Prison: “Orange is the New Black’s” Instagram Chooses Fandom Over Social Justice

Orange is the New Black’s Instagram takes a dramatically different tone than the show.  Read more »

No Redemption for the Reverend: Ongoing Abuse in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” proves that abuse and manipulation aren’t one-time offenses. Read more »

Purity in a Trumped-Up World: A Conversation with Alexis Shotwell

Alexis Shotwell’s recent book, Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times, urges us to think productively about engaging not with our ideal world but with the one we actually live in with real implications for conversations about free speech, safe spaces, coalition... Read more »

Backtalk: Accountability of PWR BTTM & Murder of Jordan Edwards

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about what accountability looks like for two recent stories: the sexual assualt allegations against the queer punk band PWR BTTM and the murder of teenager Jordan Edwards at the hands of a police officer. They dig into what it looks like to be held responsible... Read more »

Queerness Is Not a Side Piece: 'Dear White People's' Shortchanged Characters

Dear White People would have been more nuanced if it explored Winchester through the lens of Lionel, a gay Black man. Read more »

Bad Math: The Economics of Deportation Don’t Add Up

This article appears in our 2017 Spring issue, Family Values. Subscribe today! Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump promised to round up and deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States. The issue of immigration is nonpartisan: President Obama has... Read more »

The Trouble With the Model Muslim: Islamophobic Muslims and the War on Terror

Both feminism and the long-running political panic over Muslim women have always been closely intertwined with imperialism, bombings, and border control. Read more »

We All Fall Short: The Problem with Stereotypical Characters in “Dear White People”

Dear White People achieves what the 2014 film was unable to, but the characters are stunted in the process.  Read more »

Living a Feminist Life: Sara Ahmed

Living A Feminist Life explores the controversial figure of the “feminist killjoy” and what it means to call out sexism. 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 »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. 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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Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »