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Here Lies the Abyss: Xenophobia and Gender After the Cologne Assaults

On New Year’s Day, outside the central railway station in Cologne, Germany, dozens of women were sexually assaulted by a pressing crowd of men, groping them, slipping their hands under their clothes, trying to kiss them, trying to rape them; the mass crime, fuelled by alcohol, could have arisen in any number of places in the Western world.

On New Year’s Day, outside the central railway station in Cologne, Germany, dozens of women were sexually assaulted by a pressing crowd of men, groping them, slipping their hands under their clothes, trying to kiss them, trying ...

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‘Chelsea Does Racism’ shows why talking about race is hard

It’s difficult to keep up with what Netflix puts out these days, but in case you missed it, Chelsea Handler stars in a new, four part docu-series called Chelsea Does, which follows her as she explores four topics: marriage, Silicon Valley, racism, and drugs. Each episode is made up of interviews, round table discussions, and Handler’s musings. The third episode is titled Chelsea Does Racism and, though Handler unsurprisingly steps  in it a few times, I actually think the most important element of the show is what it misses: the existence of systemic racism.

It’s difficult to keep up with what Netflix puts out these days, but in case you missed it, Chelsea Handler stars in a new, four part docu-series called Chelsea Does, which follows her as she explores four ...

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Quick Hit: “After Cologne, We Can’t Let the Bigots Steal Feminism”

In response to the unabashedly racist media frenzy that has followed reports of numerous sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany earlier this month, writer Laurie Penny asks what is probably the most important question: why can’t we always take sexual assault as seriously as we do when migrants, Muslims, Arabs, and Black men are named as perpetrators?

In response to the unabashedly racist media frenzy that has followed reports of numerous sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany earlier this month, writer Laurie Penny asks what is probably the most important question: why can’t we ...

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Muslim Teacher Fired for Mentioning Islam in Class

In case anyone was still wondering whether American Islamophobia is an emergency: Recently, a Muslim-American high school history teacher of Palestinian descent, Sireen Hashem, was fired from her job at Hunterdon Central High School in New Jersey after being banned from mentioning Islam in class.

In case anyone was still wondering whether American Islamophobia is an emergency: Recently, a Muslim-American high school history teacher of Palestinian descent, Sireen Hashem, was fired from her job at Hunterdon ...

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Flyover Politics

Last week, The Huffington Post decided to move their coverage of Trump from the Entertainment section back to Politics. Considering Trump’s “extreme and irresponsible messages,” Arianna Huffington wrote, the HuffPost is “no longer amused” by Trump’s campaign.

Last week, The Huffington Post decided to move their coverage of Trump from the Entertainment section back to Politics. Considering Trump’s “extreme and irresponsible messages,” Arianna Huffington wrote, the HuffPost is “no longer amused” by Trump’s ...

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On claiming space and belonging

“So you’re a journalist.” No question. It was a statement. I was talking to a new friend at a party, and she asked about my job. She worked in radio, and was happy to find a kindred spirit.

“Well, I don’t really identify that way,” I countered.

“So you’re a journalist.” No question. It was a statement. I was talking to a new friend at a party, and she asked about my job. She worked in radio, and was happy to find a kindred ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

As other GOP candidates try to distance themselves from Trump’s transparently fascist positions to make themselves look better in comparison, Mike Huckabee has made it clear his problem with Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the US is that it doesn’t go far enough because, “If you’re willing to strap a bomb to the belly of your child to kill Americans, then you’re willing to lie about your religion.”

As other GOP candidates try to distance themselves from Trump’s transparently fascist positions to make themselves look better in comparison, Mike Huckabee has made it clear his problem with Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering ...

The Shores family pose for a portrait near Westerville, Custer County, Neb., in 1887. Jerry Shores was one of a number of former slaves to settle in Custer County. He took a claim adjacent to that of his brothers, Moses Speese and Henry Webb. Each had taken the name of his former owner. They are among the thousands of homesteaders who moved west in the late 1800's and set up housekeeping with the only natural resource the Great Plains had in abundance: sod.  (AP Photo)

On slavery, 150 years later

Today is December 7th. On December 6th, 1865 the United States ratified the 13th Amendment, officially abolishing slavery. In our short, historical memories, 150 years may feel like a short time, but it really isn’t. By my estimation, I am probably five or six generations removed from my father’s family’s enslavement, which is also about as long as my mother’s (white) family has been attending college.  So that’s awkward.

Today is December 7th. On December 6th, 1865 the United States ratified the 13th Amendment, officially abolishing slavery. In our short, historical memories, 150 years may feel like a short time, but it really isn’t. By my estimation, ...

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