The problem of youth homelessness is not often addressed. And when the media does bring attention to it, the discussion is often clouded by victim-blaming, misinformation, and an unfair representation of the situation. So let’s set the record straight with these five important facts about the real lives of the homeless youth population in the United States.
Labor unions are a feminist issue: It doesn’t get more feminist than battling the gender and race wage gaps, advocating for paid parental leave, and empowering lower-income workers. Check out this cartoon by Barry Deutsch, which perfectly demonstrates how arguments against labor unions don’t stand a chance in feminist discourse.
As a nation, we’re slowly realizing that whole, fresh foods are good for you and that cooking at home can save you money and provide you with better nutrition. Overall, this is a great trend. But this shift in culture has begun to produce a toxic byproduct: better-than-thou attitudes and judgments about low-income people’s decisions and choices about food.
It may seem pretty obvious that the considerable gender wage gap in this country is an issue of institutionalized sexism. And yet, there are those who argue that women get paid less than men because they “make different choices than men.” Here’s a comic for anyone who’s ever tried to make that argument.
It’s no secret that money is exchanged at uncomfortably high rates throughout the US, and the more politically savvy among us might begin to wonder how our dollars can make a difference for social change. Thankfully, several effective strategies exist for us to pick and choose from, depending on our own personal situations and how we want to activate a plan.
In a perfect world, the most qualified applicants would gain the attention of those responsible for filling job openings. But that’s not the world we live in. Something as simple as a non-White sounding name can immediately reduce your chances of getting hired. Watch what happened when one man decided to change only one letter of his resume, going from José to Joe.
Many times when wealthy people move into a low-income neighborhood, they truly want to help. Oftentimes, they even start community programs and become leaders in the community, often through beautification projects. And while I get why this seems to be good at first glance, it really isn’t. Gentrification hurts communities of color, and these are some of the ways how.
The function of the US prison system is to rehabilitate prisoners — or at least it’s supposed to be. Nowadays, it seems like the federal prison system is more devoted to saving money than they are to taking care of inmates. But don’t take our word for it. Watch John Oliver (and special guests) explain just how messed up our prison system has become over the years.
We often discuss class as if it is independent from other forms of oppression. But class is at the heart of feminist work; it’s connected to so many of the other forms of oppression that exist. And not only does it allow these inequalities to exist, but it helped to create them in the first place. Here are seven reasons why class is a feminist issue.
The US justice system is flawed in many ways: disproportionately imprisoning minorities, dealing out harsher sentences for drug possession than rape, violation of international standards of decency. The list goes on. Watch Stephen Colbert expertly explain another flaw with the American justice system: the criminalization of poverty.