7 Reasons Why Class Is a Feminist Issue

Source: CBS Sacramento

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.

What Not Having a Car Has Taught Me About Segregation

Source: LA Times

When I tell people that I don’t own a car, people treat me differently. They do this because they see me as someone who has chosen to flirt with death. “But isn’t it dangerous in those parts of DC? Aren’t you scared that you will get mugged?” When I travel via public transport, I make a lot of observations. Here are the two most important lessons I’ve learned.

Stop Saying Affirmative Action Disadvantages White Students

Source: Teaching College English

When I do Q&A sessions with young people, a White young person will usually ask, “How do you feel about Affirmative Action? It’s not fair that I will have less of a chance of getting into college because of what happened in the past!” Ask any White person how they feel about Affirmative Action, and you’ll probably hear that it is “unfair.” This is just not true.

What Losing My Job Taught Me About Privilege, Sexism, and Oppression

Source: Stock Clip

About one year ago, I lost my job. The 6 months it took me to find a new position changed me, and maybe more importantly, it informed my feminism. It also brought me face-to-face with my own privilege. Having a “career” instead of a “job” is a privilege. Benefits, health insurance, and a living wage are all privileges, too – and I no longer take them for granted.

Income vs. Wealth: How Privilege Is Passed Down from Generation to Generation

Source: Start Up Law Blog

Recently I got an angry e-mail from someone who knows my parents pretty well, and had read something I had written about privilege. “How disrespectful can you be!? You’re spitting in the face of everything your parents have worked for.” I explained that acknowledging privilege doesn’t discredit any of my dad’s hard work. It simply puts that hard work in context.

Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?

Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?

The topic of raising the minimum wage within the US has been on everyone’s mind, from politicians to low wage workers. The controversy around wage politics are complicated, to say the least. Author and videoblogger John Green weighs the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage in a non-biased, reality-based manner.

Farmworkers: Underpaid, Underrepresented, and Undervalued

Source: Civil Eats

They harvest the food that we eat, and yet they are one of the most hidden and underrepresented population subgroups in the nation. So how come we never hear about them? Who are these farmworkers exactly? I believe that we should all be aware of how our food is getting to us – and who is being hurt along the way. It’s not easy to forget once you learn the truth.