A key feminist issue in today’s politics is abortion rights. Some policy-makers have made it their life’s work to restrict access to safe abortions, but do they understand all the implications of their actions? Kat Sabine, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, joins Sandra Kim in a discussion of Arizona’s recently passed anti-abortion legislation.
Kids are selfish. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a jaded New York City nanny. Children, out of self-preservation instinct, only care about what benefits them. So how do we make politics matter to children? Make the lesson benefit them. Whether you’re a parent/guardian, cool family member, teacher, or caregiver like me, here are some ideas to cultivate politically-minded kids.
The topic of abortion is divisive for most people. Growing up in a culture where abortion is a taboo and illegal means that we don’t develop the vocabulary needed to organize. But how we approach the issue of abortion access with members of communities where speaking openly about abortion has dire consequences is key to change. It isn’t about what you and I believe. It’s about what women need.
Most of us have had a shitty job or two. But how many of us have had to support ourselves fully – let alone support a family – on a job like this? There are a lot of people out there who have to do just that. They earn the minimum wage at a thankless job that is their only form of income. And that income is extremely low. Simply put, the minimum wage is too low and has been that way for too long.
Liberalism vs. conservatism is at the heart of American politics. And while engaging in healthy debate is encouraged, stepping over the line of respectful disagreement and engaging in personal attacks or hate speech is never okay — for either side. Shannon Ridgway discusses how those who identify as liberals and feminists can be more understanding toward the opposing political party.
Capitalism! Love it or hate, that’s the economy we rely on in America. Capitalism affects every aspect of our lives in very unique and complicated ways. It fuels industries like film, television, print, and digital media. It fuels — well, everything, including an atmosphere of homophobia and heternormalism in the media.
You’ve seen the signs: “Pregnant? Scared? Alone? We Can Help.” Have you ever responded to one? Thousands of women have. Usually promising free services like pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and “judgment-free” counseling, these centers reach out to women in potentially vulnerable positions, claiming to offer hope and help. But what are they really like?
There is something else lurking below the surface that is making things even tougher for women to get – and stay – elected. And it’s hiding behind a friendly grin: that casual comment about the outfit she’s wearing or that mention of her hairstyle. Simply put: Discuss a female candidate’s appearance in the media, and you steal some of her political credibility.
As a person of privilege, I can never fully understand the ways in which oppressive acts or language impact those around me. What I surely can do is listen and work to change my behavior. Because what we need to understand is that making the conversation about intent is inherently a privileged action. If the impact of our actions is the furthering of oppression, then that’s all that matters.
The United States incarcerates a greater proportion of its population than any country in the world by far. When so few know the full extent of their own rights, even fewer are aware of or do not care about the rights guaranteed to the incarcerated. Despite the supposed “guarantee” of these rights, prisoners all over the U.S. are forced to serve out sentences in inhumane and torturous conditions.