Dorothea Lange’s Unforgettable Social Truths

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You don’t want to miss Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which premieres this Friday, August 29, on PBS’s American Masters series. You probably know Lange’s work from her photograph “Migrant Mother,” taken in 1936 at a pea picker’s camp in Nipomo, CA. The photo of a migrant working mother, stranded with children in […]

Sounding the Alarm on Campus Rape

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Bloomberg News took the campus sexual assault backlash to a new low last week with a piece describing how “hook-up culture” is on the decline at elite colleges now that there’s a heightened awareness of sexual assault on campuses. The focus of the article is the “burden” male students carry as a result of new interest in the […]

Honoring History’s Forgotten Women, One-Too-Many Chardonnays At A Time

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There’s something strangely empowering about hearing that Mary Dyer, the 17th century Quaker who dared to challenge the Puritans’ religious intolerance, “freaked their dicks off.” On Comedy Central’s Drunk History, which premiered its second season this month, crass is king as comedians rely on a little liquid courage to help them retell overlooked episodes in […]

The American R/Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

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Activist Grace Lee Boggs is finally getting the national attention she has long deserved, thanks to a new documentary, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, airing tonight on PBS’s POV series (and then streaming on POV’s website from July 1-30). At age 99— her birthday was this past Friday—Boggs is still going strong. […]

Rush Limbaugh Thinks Workplace Sexism is a Myth

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The White House hosted a Summit on Working Families this week to discuss making the American workplace more family-friendly. Apparently, this was unacceptable to Rush Limbaugh. Particularly objectionable to him was the segment on women in the workforce. According to Limbaugh, sexism is a thing of the past—a long-defunct relic of the Mad Men era. […]

The Case Against 8: Love Conquers All

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This time last year, the nation held its breath waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on two major marriage equality cases—and on June 26, 2013, SCOTUS declared both the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. In the months since that decision came down, support for marriage rights for […]

What The Washington Post Should Know About Editorials

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The Washington Post has been in hot water over the past few weeks for publishing two controversial opinion pieces. The first, “College become the victim of progressivism,” by conservative Post columnist George F. Will, lambasted colleges for submitting to the government’s stance on campus sexual assault. He debates the accuracy of the commonly cited statistic […]

Writing Her In: Wikipedia As Feminist Activism

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Most of the feminist activism I do—whether it’s writing or teaching or protesting—requires a long view. A really long view. Sometimes I feel as if my feminist colleagues and I are saying and doing the same things over and over again, with little to no results to show for any of our work. And when […]

When Slambooks Go Online

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Thanks to social media, bullying has become more insidious than ever. “Confessions” platforms—independently run pages on social media sites and mobile apps where students can anonymously post about their campus communities—are rampant on campuses across the country. The emphasis on anonymous contributions makes the personal public. The forums feature racism, sexism and homophobia, perpetuating intolerance […]

Women Don’t Fear Power. Power Fears Women.

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Reading yesterday about the abrupt firing of Jill Abramson, along with the resignation of Le Monde’s Natalie Nougayrède, was like watching a ripple of misogyny move through the air in slow motion. Similar, in fact, to watching the slow, then fast, build to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s removal from office. There’s no way to […]