Abercrombie & Fitch Affiliate Discriminates on Five Fronts


Twenty-two-year-old Umme-Hani Khan was a stockroom worker at a Hollister clothing store in San Mateo, CA, until she was fired in February 2010 for refusing to remove her hijab, or Muslim headscarf. Khan had been working at the Abercrombie & Fitch-owned retail outlet for four months, and complying with company “look policies” dictating the color […]

Hollaback App Helps Victims Tell the Mayor About Street Harassment


For New York women tired of being cat-called and harassed in the street, there may be  a new solution. Speaker of the New York City Council (and mayoral candidate) Christine Quinn has partnered with Hollaback!, an anti-street harassment group, to create a smartphone app that would allow women to report incidents of street harassment directly […]

“Stand Your Ground” Increases Racial Bias


Yesterday a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. The decision was based on a law colloquially called “stand your ground” (SYG) which allows people to use proportionate force in the face of an attack without first trying to retreat or escape. More than 20 states […]

My Month With a Gun: Week One


UPDATE: See Statement of Ms. Magazine in Response to Alleged Pro-Gun Bullying My hands are shaking; my adrenaline is surging. No, it’s not from the latte I just inhaled or because this is the first time in two years I’ve been in a Starbucks since declaring a boycott on its open-carry gun policy. What’s got […]

Once Again, Media Asks Wrong Questions and Blames Victims

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“The big question is, ‘Why didn’t they leave earlier?’” I heard Elizabeth Vargas ask on the morning news last week, not even 24 hours after the country learned that three women were free after a decade of captivity. I could feel the heat under my skin making my neck red and my face blotchy. “So many […]

The Merseyside Model–Why Crimes Against Prostitutes Are Hate Crimes


When prostitutes are made to disappear, most of society does not care, and most of the cases remain unsolved. Women in prostitution suffer higher rates of murder (the mortality rate for women in prostitution in London is 12 times the national average —according to Home Office, a UK government agency that deals with crime and policing), higher rates of […]

Calif. College Betrays Own Sexual Assault Policy

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Earlier this year a coalition of students and faculty at my institution, Occidental College in Los Angeles (an alma mater of President Obama), convinced the administration to make several changes to its sexual assault policy. One of these changes involved adding sexual assault reports to our OxyAlert system.  This meant that any time there was […]

Cardinal Mahony Should Stop Whining


In the past few weeks, Los Angeles has been awash with news about decades of priest abuse after of the release of thousands of internal documents from the local Catholic archdiocese showing that former Archbishop (now Cardinal) Roger Mahoney had shielded abuser priests from law enforcement. In response, current L.A. Archbishop José Gomez relieved Mahony […]

L.A. Church Officials Tried to Cover Up Priest Abuse


Confidential letters between Los Angeles Catholic church officials that had been withheld for decades–despite long efforts by victims to obtain them and stonewalling by the Church–were released Monday after becoming part of a civil court case against a priest accused of molesting 26 Los Angeles children in the 1980s. The notes from then-Archbishop Roger M. Mahony […]

Why Won’t We Talk About Violence and Masculinity in America?


As I listened along with the rest of the world to the unfolding horror of what transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I was struck by the persistent lack of commentary and analysis discussing the fact that mass shooters are almost all angry, male and white. What will it take for us to have widespread, […]