FeaturedIntersectionality

Miley Cyrus Backlash is about Appropriation of Male Privilege

Miley Cyrus is such a racist! It’s true. So many articles were being written, it was hard to keep up. But my skeptic senses started tingling a little bit when I kept seeing her bikini described as “flesh-toned,” “nude,” or “skin-colored.” It didn’t seem like this kind of casual racism …

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Random AsidesSkepticism

The Zimmerman Verdict

I’ve seen a lot of people on my facebook feed saying that we have no way of knowing whether racial bias influenced the Zimmerman “not guilty verdict.” I don’t think it’s a coincidence that, although most of the white people on my friends’ list are outraged at the verdict, all …

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Quickies

QUICKIES 07/15/2013

Malaysian politician appoints the country’s first transgender political secretary, a transwoman named Hezreen Shaik Daud. Daud, a former NGO project officer, speaks English, Malaysian, Mandarin and Hokkein. George Zimmerman has been found not guilty of all charges. Thousands across the country immediately took to the streets to protest the verdict, …

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FeaturedPolitics / Activism

No, I Will Not Forgive You

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’re probably familiar with Paula Deen’s racist attitude, or perhaps Alec Baldwin’s disturbingly violent anti-gay remarks. Both have since apologized, with Deen making two creepy videos and an appearance on the Today Show, and Baldwin writing a letter to GLAAD. Presumably, both …

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Quickies

QUICKIES 12/03/2012

Female Fantasy III: another perspective on geek misogyny. Seven examples of the marginalization of women in television and movies. Sign this petition to help make emergency contraception more accessible. Amanda Marcotte rips apart Ross Douthat’s call for more babies. Featured image is the first panel from Female Fantasy III by …

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Afternoon Inqueery

AI: “No offense but…”

I was sitting in a booth this weekend, wedged between a couple I had just met, and a few long-time friends. We were having a good time, when one person in the new couple started a sentence with “Not to sound racist but…” In my experience, anything that follows that, …

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