Lupita Nyong’o and the Evolving Paradox of Black Femininity

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By Hannah Giorgis This piece was originally published at Youngist.org and can be read in its original context here. It’s no secret that I am a Lupita Nyong’o fan girl. She is gorgeous, graceful, and certifiably ***flawless. The actress gained worldwide attention for her heart-wrenching portrayal of the enslaved Patsey in … [Read more...]

Becoming Chaz: The Making of Masculinity

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by Kalil  Cohen Chaz Bono's body has been a focus of media attention for the past five years, from when he publicly came out as transgender in 2009 to his latest highly publicized weight loss efforts featured on the reality show The Doctors. Throughout this time, he’s been both the subject and object of media coverage. As an … [Read more...]

Abortion: Choice and Trusting Women

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon TRIGGER WARNING: This content deals with accounts of rape, abuse, and abortion. This past January marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and Republicans celebrated by proving that the war on women is alive with their continued efforts to circumvent abortion access. The latest insult, HR-7, dubbed … [Read more...]

Dear Racist Yogini: It’s South Asia Calling and We Want Our Yoga Back

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By Sayantani DasGupta Dear Racist, Size-Shaming Yogini at XO Jane, It’s South Asia calling. And we want our yoga back. Okay, truth, I’m just one Indian American woman, not actually all of South Asia (where, n.b. we brown folks like to capitalize the ‘S,’ just sayin’), but on behalf of all my mystical, exotic peoples, I … [Read more...]

Using Correct Gender Pronouns Will Make You a Better Trans* Ally

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By Laura Kacere at Everyday Feminism Try having a conversation without using a pronoun: he, she, his, hers, they, theirs. You’ll find it’s nearly impossible. In the English language, if you’re referring to one person, you have to gender them. As such, pronouns are an important part of our language. And yet their role in … [Read more...]

Girls Braced for Beauty

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By Philip N. Cohen, PhD, Contributor at Sociological Images Sociologists like to say that gender identities are socially constructed. That just means that what it is, and what it means, to be male or female is at least partly the outcome of social interaction between people – visible through the rules, attitudes, media, or … [Read more...]

Black Women’s Asses, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Politics of Ambition

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By Aya de Leon As an ambitious woman of color, I avidly read commentary this season on Julie Chen’s remorseless decision to have eyelid surgery. With East Asian women, the body part targeted for racism is often the eyes. With black women, the first line of attack is on the hair. But our hair is a moving target.  Always growing, … [Read more...]

What Is Race Between Friends?

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  By Tami Winfrey Harris The social construct we call race is complicated, but there are a few things about it that I know to be true. One thing is that everyone who grows up in this country absorbs some prejudice--everyone, no matter their race. Also, many people have no real relationships with anyone outside of … [Read more...]

“Inspiration Porn”: A Discussion

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This post is excerpted from a discussion from the team at Disability in Kid Lit. You can read more on the topic, and check out their other great work, at their website.  This week’s topic: inspiration porn. Don’t know what that is? You’ll find the answer below–we asked our contributors how they define this concept and what they … [Read more...]

Racy, Sexy, and Culturally Appropriate-y: It’s Halloween Again, Folks!

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By Sayantani DasGupta Okay, someone tell me – since when did Halloween become a time to fly your racist and sexist flags without censure? I, for one, am tired of it. So, hopefully we’re all on board by now with the idea that dressing our daughters up as ‘naughty’ leopards and ‘sexy’ nurses might be, say, a tad disgusting. As … [Read more...]