Quick hit: “The logic of stupid poor people”

I cannot recommend this piece by Tressie McMillan Cottom highly enough. It’s about why people who don’t have a lot of money spend money on luxury items. Spoiler alert: it’s because they are people, too, even though plenty of Americans struggle to remember that.

I do not know how much my mother spent on her camel colored cape or knee-high boots but I know that whatever she paid it returned in hard-to-measure dividends. How do you put a price on the double-take of a clerk at the welfare office who decides you might not be like those other trifling women in the waiting room and provides an extra bit of information about completing a ...

I cannot recommend this piece by Tressie McMillan Cottom highly enough. It’s about why people who don’t have a lot of money spend money on luxury items. Spoiler alert: it’s because they ...

Guest post: Sex worker hierarchy sucks

This is a guest post from a blogger who calls herself the Resident Hooker. In her own words:

My name is – well, that’s not important. What’s important is what I do! I write and I’m a feminist, obviously; but I’m also a sex worker. Here at Feministing.com we believe in engaging in critical analysis that prioritizes the voices of people living at important intersections, and that includes people like me who get paid to help people get their jollies off! To protect my identity, I’ll be posting under the alias the Resident Hooker. Enjoy!

This is a guest post from a blogger who calls herself the Resident Hooker. In her own words:

My name is – well, that’s not important. What’s important is what I do! I write and I’m a ...

“Everybody wants to have an ally, but no one wants to stand up for anybody.”

Blogging for The Nation yesterday, I wrote about an incident involving  friend of the site and co-founder of Crunk Feminist Collective, Brittney Cooper, where, as part of a public conversation about allies at the Brecht Forum in Brooklyn, she was assaulted. Here she is in her own words:

So there I sat on a panel with a white woman and a Black man. As a Black feminist, I never quite know how political discussions will go down with either of these groups. Still I’m a fierce lover of Black people and a fierce defender of women.

The brother shared his thoughts about the need to “liberate all Black people.” It sounded good. But since we were there to talk about ...

Blogging for The Nation yesterday, I wrote about an incident involving  friend of the site and co-founder of Crunk Feminist Collective, Brittney Cooper, where, as part of a public conversation about allies at the Brecht Forum ...

Ted Cruz & friends say Stand your Ground Laws benefit black people

So many black people are arrested everyday. They obviously benefit more from Stand Your Ground laws right?

Just when I think Senator Ted Cruz can’t give me any more reasons to slap my forehead, he does. In this week’s episode of Ted fuckery, Cruz insists that Stand Your Ground Laws benefit African Americans. He plainly stated that “in Florida, the data show that African-American defendants have availed themselves of the Stand Your Ground law more frequently than Anglo defendants.”

And he brought along some friends in this fuckery.

So many black people are arrested everyday. They obviously benefit more from Stand Your Ground laws right?

Just when I think Senator Ted Cruz can’t give me any more reasons to slap my forehead, he does. ...

We’re here, we’re queer, we’re also looking for BFFs

If you haven’t read Ann Friedman’s piece last week on courting friendships in the same vein we court relationships, you should.  Ann gives language to a situation that most, if not all of us are faced with: how do we make meaningful friendships in adulthood? Her piece prompted me to ask a question of my own: what changes for queer people when we want to create platonic, same-sex friendships? I wanted to expand on the conversation that Ann started because it’s a really important conversation- but I wanted a space to bring up what’s different if you’re having that conversation as a queer person.

If you haven’t read Ann Friedman’s piece last week on courting friendships in the same vein we court relationships, you should.  Ann gives language to a situation that most, if not all of us are ...

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