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Drug Tests: Weapons Against the Marginalized

Last week, Pennsylvania Democratic state representative Kevin Haggerty proposed that people filing Protection from Abuse orders should be drug tested if they lack “substantive” evidence of abuse.

Yes, that does mean he thinks abuse victims should be drug tested in order to obtain protection from the state. Yes, that is as heinous as it sounds.

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Why Are We Still Debating Whether Trump Is Racist?

Defining things as racist is like that exercise swim instructors do, where they tell kids to swim to them but keep walking backwards so the goal is never actually reached. Except in this exercise, the American public is trying to agree on whether something is racist or not, and the swim instructor is the ever-receding standard for whichever horrid slur or xenophobic immigration policy can actually be labeled as such.

Defining things as racist is like that exercise swim instructors do, where they tell kids to swim to them but keep walking backwards so the goal is never actually reached. Except in this exercise, the American public is trying ...

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The Feministing Five: Fat Activist Virgie Tovar

Legendary fat activist Virgie Tovar has long been on the front lines of our national conversation about fat discrimination and body image. She’s the author of the weekly Ravishly column Take the Cake, founder of Babecamp, an online course designed to help women break up with diet culture, and the creator of the #LoseHateNotWeight campaign. You can read her everywhere from Buzzfeed to the New York Times, and today her first book, personal essay collection You Have the Right to Remain Fat is out from the Feminist Press!

For this week’s Feministing Five, I had the ...

Legendary fat activist Virgie Tovar has long been on the front lines of our national conversation about fat discrimination and body image. She’s the author of the weekly Ravishly column ...

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Feminist Fashion: Treat Yourself to a Puerto Rican Tote

With Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico during its financial crisis, the island’s economic landscape makes it almost impossible for local businesses to survive, let alone thrive. However, Concalma, a Puerto Rican women-owned brand, is still thriving thanks to its community-centered business model.

With Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico during its financial crisis, the island’s economic landscape makes it almost impossible for local businesses to survive, let alone thrive. However, Concalma, a Puerto ...

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The U.S. is Denying Trans Women Passports

In a Twitter thread posted last week, Janus Rose, a tech researcher based in New York, reported that the State Department “retroactively invalidated” the change of gender marker on her passport from the previous year, refusing to renew her passport – the second reported trans person who has been denied a passport this year.

In a Twitter thread posted last week, Janus Rose, a tech researcher based in New York, reported that the State Department “retroactively invalidated” the change of gender marker on ...

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