“The Powerpuff Girls” and Today’s Feminist Animation Landscape

There will always be a space and a place for the Powerpuff Girls—but we’re living in the golden age of smart, intersectional, feminist children’s animation, and television shows and films alike are currently bursting with fantastic viewing options that explore identity, sexuality, and gender equality in innovative and moving ways.

Melanie Martinez is Telling Teen Girls a New Story

Millions of girls now know her musical story of increasing confidence by heart—and see themselves reflected in it.

5 Key Takeaways on Ending Child Marriage from the Women Deliver Conference

Mabel van Orange, chair of Girls Not Brides, said at this conference: “A world that has child marriage will never be a world where girls and boys are equal, a world where women are equal to men.” Here’s five ways we can build a world where they are.

Comprehensive Sex Education Can Be Transformational

We need comprehensive sexuality education. We all do. We need it to navigate relationships, to understand ourselves, to make heathy choices and to have pleasurable sex lives.

Secrets and Lies

In 1995 when I discovered my mother’s black heritage, she made me promise never to tell her secret until she died.

40 Minutes That Changed My Life

Reprinted with permission from Shameless. During the fall of 2014, a large scandal broke around Jian Ghomeshi’s alleged assault of multiple women. There was talk of consent and abuse everywhere I went—from class to dinner and radios to social media, the subject was unavoidable. It was during the week this scandal broke that I ended up […]

What “Trans Panic” Means for My Family and Me

Most of us already hate using public bathrooms. There’s a reason all those news stories compare the bacteria levels of common surfaces—steering wheels, doorknobs—to the bacteria levels in public bathrooms. We’re grossed out by them. They’re malodorous caverns to which we must expose our most sensitive external organs and deposit our own smelly, bacteria-ridden waste […]

Flying in the Face of Catholic Law, These Women Are Claiming the Priesthood

In the rest of the city, people are trudging through the rain and struggling to keep their umbrellas from flipping inside out. But inside Chicago’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, it’s warm and bright. A small choir and a guitarist are warming up, the sound of their hymn barely filling the open space of the nave. […]

Why We Should All Talk About Our Periods

It might just be the year of the period: In 2016, the phrase “period panties” has entered the American lexicon; lawmakers across the country are fighting to eliminate the so-called “tampon tax”; and the cover of Newsweek has declared, “There will be blood—get over it.” The subhead? “The crimson tide is turning.” So it’s time to tune […]

Love in the Time of Homophobia: Considering the Use of Confidential Marriage Licenses

When I began Los Angeles County’s online marriage license application a few nights ago, I was asked to choose between either a public or confidential marriage license. I confess that it was the nominally lower price tag of the confidential option that led me to do a quick Google search. There were a few differences between […]