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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 »

Put on a Zoot Suit: Modern-Day Xenophobia Rekindles a Chicano Theatre Classic

The Sleepy Lagoon Trial sprang out of a climate of strong anti-Mexican sentiment in 1940s southern California, and most of the astounding details of the defendants’ violated due process in Zoot Suit are true to life Read more »

Don’t Touch My Crown: The Failure of Decapitation and the Power of Black Women’s Resistance

In 2017, Afro-Colombian human rights activist Emilsen Manyoma was decapitated. Did you hear about it? Read more »

The Sugar of Black Cool: Pepsi’s Botched Commercial Is Just One Problem in the Web of Food Justice

If the primary response to the Pepsi commercial doesn’t center on youth of color, we’re all missing the point. Read more »

No One Looks For Black Girls

In the month of March, over a dozen Black and Latino teens went missing without any notice from the national news. Read more »

What Just Happened?: A Day Without A Woman

Don’t assume that one person’s strike bolsters another person’s freedom. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »