Hey Fashion Industry, Racism Is Never in Style

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The fashion industry really grossed me out over the past couple of weeks. Item One: Canadian designers Dean and Dan Caten’s Dsquaw collection at Milan Fashion Week. If you’ve never heard the term “squaw,” it’s a racist slang word referring to an indigenous North American woman (i.e. a First Nations woman in Canada. or a Native […]

Black Women’s Histories: A Conversation With Barbara McCaskill

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Black Women’s Histories, a conversation series, will profile different feminist scholars engaging black women’s histories and narratives during Black and Women’s History Months (February and March, respectively). The Black Women’s Histories series continues with a conversation with Barbara McCaskill, associate professor of English at the University of Georgia, and author of the forthcoming Love, Liberation, and […]

Amber Rose and the Kardashians: Race, Privilege and Slut-Shaming

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For those who don’t keep up with Twitter beefs between reality stars and hip-hop models, there was quite the social media brawl when the latter (Amber Rose) disparaged rapper Tyga for allegedly dating one of the former (underage Kylie Jenner). When asked on a radio show what she thought of the relationship, Rose said: She’s […]

Asian Women Get Short Shrift in The Interview

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If you haven’t had a chance to see The Interview in select screenings yet, don’t fret—you’re not missing much. Especially if you’re an Asian American or Asian Pacific Islander (API) woman like myself. Imagine a film that features a mostly white male speaking cast, add in some racist depictions of minorities and a gaggle of hypersexualized women, then throw […]

Hello, My Name Is: Facebook Policy Disrupts Transgender Identities

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Facebook’s heavily criticized real-name policy is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rules and regulations affecting the lives of non-cisgender individuals. For those who didn’t follow the recent brouhaha, the Facebook policy requires users to identify themselves by their “authentic name” or legal name on their personal page. Members of the LGBTQ […]

Time to End Sex-Testing of Female Athletes

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When are we going to stop the nonsense of sex-testing female athletes? Because of an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) policy, Dutee Chand, an 18-year-old Indian sprinter, was blocked from competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games because her body makes too much testosterone. She has been prohibited from competing […]

Me, Myself and Bi

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Fifteen years ago, I met the love of my life, Lucinda Atherton. Then, as now, I was a spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, an organization that is pro-feminist, gay-affirming and anti-racist. Then, as now, I worked to stop men’s violence against women, drawing the connections between homophobia and sexism. A proponent […]

Too Sexy to be the “Perfect Feminist”?

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Whatever debates have occurred among self-identified feminists about Beyoncé’s brand, there was no  bolder statement than from the pop star herself when she stood on stage in front of the brightly lit word “FEMINIST” before an audience of millions watching MTV’s VMA show broadcast on Aug. 24, 2014. As Ms. associate editor Anita Little notes: Beyoncé is invaluable to feminism […]

Empowering Femininity

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Early on in my first book Whipping Girl, while discussing the tendency within some strands of feminism to discourage women from engaging in acts and pursuits that are considered feminine, I argued that “We should instead learn to empower femininity itself.” While many people who read the entire book appreciated my stance on femininity, I […]

Laverne Cox Epitomizes Growing Transgender Rights Movement

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When transgender actor Laverne Cox graced the cover of Time magazine this month, the magazine was showered with accolades for featuring her story. But the article also ignited a predictable torrent of outrage from those unwilling to accept what most major medical associations in the United States have already acknowledged: that being transgender is not […]