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4 Ways to Be Gender Inclusive When Discussing Abortion

The “War on Women” is a war on me, but I’m not a woman. I’m trans, and I am personally affected by anti-choice legislation. Changing the cis-nomative atmosphere is difficult, but there are some steps that individuals and organizations can take to improve this lack of intersectionality. Women, after all, aren’t the only people who need access to abortions.

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If Black People Said the Stuff White People Say

If Black People Said the Stuff White People Say

Have you ever noticed that white people repeat a lot of the same conversation points when they talk to black people? What would it sound like if the roles were reversed? What would it sound like if black people said the stuff white people say? Check out this hilarious video to see how ridiculous these stereotypes really sound!

How Blackgirl Natural Hair is Shamed, From Infancy to Adulthood

How Blackgirl Natural Hair Is Shamed from Infancy to Adulthood

As Black women in America, we’ve been taught that aspects of our physical self are unacceptable in their natural forms. As such, they should be relegated to the privacy of our bathrooms — or better yet, transformed into tamed, relaxed, and otherwise invisible alternatives. And our transition to invisibility for the sake of appropriateness spans a lifetime.

Emotions of Weight

Emotions of Weight

Everywhere we turn, there are voices telling us what’s wrong with our bodies. We hear them every time we watch an advertisement for a beauty product. They’re the voices of strangers, coworkers, and sometimes they’re the voices of our friends and families. But what happens if you stop listening to all of these voices? Kat Lazo has some thoughts on the matter!

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I Know I’m Queer — Now What?

I’ve seen many wonderful articles that discuss questioning and defining your sexual orientation. However, there is a comparative lack of guidance when it comes to actually deciding what to do with such an epiphany. Just take a deep breath and remember to take things at your own pace. You know you’re queer – now let’s focus on what happens next.

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Columbusing: Discovering Things for White People

Have you ever noticed how white people are historically inclined to take what isn’t theirs? Land, religious symbols, dance styles…. If so, you’ve probably heard them say that they “discovered” it, even if it’s existed outside their culture or race forever. Here’s a new term for the phenomenon of discovering things for white people: Columbusing.

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4 Ways To Honor Native Americans Without Appropriating Our Culture

There is a fine line between appropriation and appreciation. That said, there are many ways to truly honor and appreciate each of the 566 unique tribes. We’re just asking people and institutions to stop profiting from stereotypes proven to harm and dehumanize Native people. With that, I give you four ways to honor Native Americans without dehumanizing them.

If You’ve Ever Heard Someone Talk About Reverse Racism

If You’ve Ever Heard Someone Talk About Reverse Racism

It’s difficult to have a conversation about white privilege without someone derailing it with claims of “reverse racism.” If you’ve ever heard someone talk about reverse racism (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?), check out comedian Aamer Rahman’s tounge-in-cheek explanation of exactly what would have to happen in order for racism against white people to exist.

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Why We’ve Learned to Hate Our Bodies

I see and fight bigotry on a daily basis, but I’ve always wanted to know why. Why is our structure this way? Why are women singled out for body shame? Why are fat people bullied to the point of suicide? Why have we learned to hate ourselves? How did we get here? We all deserve to live in a world full of truth and acceptance. So allow me to enlighten you.

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But What About the Men? Is Feminism Sexist?

If you’ve ever tried to talk about feminism to anyone, you’ve probably heard this line: “If feminism is really about equality, then why does it only focus on women’s issues? What about men?” Here to dispel some misconceptions about what feminism really means is vlogger Marina Watanabe. Watch her no-nonsense summary of why, no, feminism is not in fact sexist.

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Male Rape Is No Laughing Matter (Even Though We’re Taught to Think It Is)

Warning: There will be triggers for some viewers but, if you watch, please watch the whole thing before passing judgment. Male rape victims and survivors are often met with a specific kind of dismissal and victim blaming. Watch one man talk about his experience and why the way our culture shapes masculinity has confirmed that, to him, rape is sincerely hilarious.

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5 Reasons We All Need to Talk to Kids About Race in America

Talking about race in America can feel dangerous and overwhelming, but it is important work if we want to truly get to a place where all people are treated as equals. And as with all important conversations, it needs to start with our children. Here are five reasons every parent, guardian, and educator should be talking about race with the children they care for.

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5 Ways the US Prison System Is More About Perpetuating Oppression and Not About Stemming Crime

Oppression is built into the fabric of our society. Most of the time, we don’t even notice it’s there. The prison system is an excellent example of this. On the surface, things seem fair enough: You commit a crime, you go to jail. Simple. But if you look closely, you can see the ways that we make it a lot harder for marginalized people to stay out of prison.

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4 Lessons from the Trenches of Allyship

Being an ally is difficult, especially as a heterosexual cis male. The pressures of (traditional notions of) masculinity and a lifetime of systematic patriarchal training are difficult to overcome. So I have compiled four pieces of advice — based on my own experiences and slip-ups — to help all cis males (myself included) become open feminists and allies.

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The Single Parent Double Standard: Demonizing the Moms and Martyrizing the Dads

A lot of us still hold tight to deeply gendered beliefs about men’s and women’s roles when it comes to child-rearing. If the research is to be believed, it’s not only typical to assume that single dads are doing something heroic, but it’s just as typical to think that single moms are doing just the opposite. Here are a few other things we can do to change this.

10 Tips for Talking About Sexual Violence with Your Sons

10 Tips for Talking About Sexual Violence with Your Sons

We often discuss issues of rape and sexual violence with our daughters, but are we having these critical conversations with our sons? The truth is that our sons can be victims of rape, too. They can also be bystanders, confidants, or rapists. Undoubtedly these conversations are challenging. So how do we start them, and what do we talk about? Here are a few tips.

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For Michael Brown and Ferguson: Facing White Fears of Blackness and Taking Action to End White Supremacy

The police murder of Michael Brown has once again brought the attention of the country to the devastating reality of racist violence and structural inequality. With outrage, grief, and pain all over the country, I’m writing this to white people in particular as a call to action to stand with the people of Ferguson. Here are nine suggestions to help move forward.

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For Emmett Till

In the wake of the death of Michael Brown (and Trayvon Martin, and Eric Garner, and John Crawford…), we must remember that brutality toward Black bodies is nothing new in America. Watch Dominique Christina deliver her outstanding poem about Emmett Till and the particular way that she, as a mother of a young Black man, relates to his murder.

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6 Things That I Understand About the Fat-Acceptance Movement

I am most certainly plus-size at 5’6″ and 260 pounds; a size 18 in most stores. I’m pretty damn fat and unabashedly so. But all bodies–large, small, and everything in between–pay dearly for the negativity in which fat bodies are perceived. So I’m here to explain to the world the 6 things that are often misunderstood about the fat acceptance movement.

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5 Reasons Why Urban Youth Don’t Have Access to STEM (And How You Can Change That)

When I was applying to engineering schools as a high school senior, I had no idea what I was in for. And the thing is, neither did any of my advisers. Unfortunately, this is the reality of many inner-city urban schools like the one I attended. When it comes to urban youth, we are not providing them with the tools to find success in STEM. But that can change.