Can Santa Be Black?

The poem “Can Santa Be Black?” by B.J. Wrights originally appeared in the December 1984 issue of Ms. In the true spirit of the season—one of hope, not fear; one of togetherness, not division; one of love, not hate—we wanted to republish it.

From The Stacks: More Miles Per Gal

Want “More Miles per Gal?” Look no further than this brilliant cart, “designed to allow your housekeeping system maximum efficiency and service.” Your two-legged housekeeping system, that is. This ridiculously offensive ad manages to demean and  dehumanize women and people who provide cleaning services at the same time! It was reprinted in the No Comment […]

From the Stacks: A Typical Operating Environment

“In a typical operating environment,” reads this 1983 organizational chart, “the system accepts data and inquiries from work stations…” And apparently, a “typical operating environment” meant that every “management” or “operator” position was held by a man. Leave it to the “girls” to deal with order entry, invoicing and accounts receivable. This ad was reprinted […]