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On Black Women, Power and “Owning Your Masters”

Last week, I wrote about Melissa Harris-Perry’s departure from MSNBC, as the host of her hit talk show, The MHP Show. I spent a considerable portion of the article talking about the significance of Dr. Harris-Perry leaving the show, even amid my own concerns about the future of marginalized voices in visible media spaces. Over the weekend, Ben Carter, YouTube host and author, published an essay in Blavity, calling Dr. Harris-Perry’s rationale and decision into question. Upon reading his assessment, I realized that one conversation I didn’t spend time unpacking that I perhaps should have, is a discussion about power, ownership and Black women.

Last week, I wrote about Melissa Harris-Perry’s departure from MSNBC, as the host of her hit talk show, The MHP Show. I spent a considerable portion of the article talking about the significance of Dr. Harris-Perry leaving ...

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Watch: Indian teenagers explain why boys should do housework

My parents are progressive folks. They’re feminists, they didn’t bat an eye when I talked about my bisexuality in front of my entire college graduating class, and they didn’t vote for Bush, not once, not even in 2001.

My parents are progressive folks. They’re feminists, they didn’t bat an eye when I talked about my bisexuality in front of my entire college graduating class, and they didn’t vote for Bush, not once, not even in ...

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Why “women’s work” is key to a just and sustainable future

When you think of green jobs, certain kinds of work probably come to mind: installing solar panels, insulating houses, maintaining rail lines, maybe building electric cars. They’re all jobs making the kinds of infrastructural and industrial change necessary to transition to a more sustainable economy, one where we take the train instead of driving alone and get our energy from the sun instead of dead lumps of dinosaur. 

When you think of green jobs, certain kinds of work probably come to mind: installing solar panels, insulating houses, maintaining rail lines, maybe building electric cars. They’re all jobs making the kinds of infrastructural and industrial change ...

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Chart of the Day: Same-sex couples are better at sharing household chores

According to a not-entirely-surprising survey of 225 dual-income couples by the Families and Work Institute, same-sex couples do a better job of communicating about and sharing household labor. 

According to a not-entirely-surprising survey of 225 dual-income couples by the Families and Work Institute, same-sex couples do a better job of communicating about and sharing household labor. 

What if the price of your fair trade coffee accounted for the unpaid domestic labor of women?

That’s what some Nicaraguan fair trade co-operatives are now calculating. Upside Down World describes how this development began with a sesame oil contract with The Body Shop and has now caught on among green coffee co-ops in the country as well.

There are three types of unpaid work mainly done by women: work which is part of actual production although unpaid (like sorting coffee cherries); work which contributes indirectly to production (like washing work clothes); and domestic and other work in the home which contributes generally to the stability of the household and the community.

The innovation of this initiative lies in the fact that it includes pay not only for the first and second of ...

That’s what some Nicaraguan fair trade co-operatives are now calculating. Upside Down World describes how this development began with a sesame oil contract with The Body Shop and has now caught ...