When You’re Accustomed To Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression

By Chris for The Boeskool, @boeskool, cross posted with permission. I’ve never been punched in the face. Not in an actual fight, at least. I’m not much of a fighter, I suppose… More of an “arguer.” I don’t think I’m “scared” to get into a fight, necessarily–There have been many times I have put myself in situations where a … [Read more...]

On Privilege, Power, and Survivor Narratives

By Kira Rakova When Sony announced that they might be dropping Dr.Luke following Kesha’s allegations against him, I was ecstatic.  Despite the fact that Kesha had previously lost in the Sony contract case, Sony’s potential decision to drop Dr. Luke seems to be indicative of the fact that Kesha might get justice after all. Given … [Read more...]

Privilege and Allyship: What They Look Like, and What You Can Do

By the Adios Barbie team Privilege. A hard thing to accept, let alone leverage in productive ways. But with intersectional feminism as a core tenet of Adios Barbie, it's something we're always thinking about — and always working to improve. Because "checking your privilege" isn't a one-time thing. It's a constant process of … [Read more...]

“One Size Fits Most” Almost None of the Time

By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2015 Dear Brandy Melville, I've been thinking about you and your stores quite a bit recently. Frankly, I'm confused and frustrated by the mixed messages you're sending. It's only fair for us to talk this out. I didn't know you existed until relatively recently. But it seems that if you ask any … [Read more...]

The White Lie of Post-Racial America

By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 I'm staring bleary-eyed at my television, listening to the news anchor tell me that yet another police officer will not be charged in the death of another person of color. I slump in my chair, emotionally fatigued by the injustice, horror, and blatant racism at play. Racism is so interwoven into our … [Read more...]

Addressing Privilege: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Necessary

By Allison Epstein, Associate Editor In my younger days, the big fads were slap bracelets and Pokémon cards. Today, it’s Buzzfeed quizzes. There’s a quiz on everything, from “Which One Of Jesus’ Disciples Are You?” (Saint Andrew) to “How Many Life Skills Do You Have?” (52/100, so apparently it’s a miracle I’ve lived to 22). But … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Do You Realize How Lucky You Are?

By Emily Heist Moss Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission. Emily Heist Moss asks: Are we obligated to reject our socialization? One of my favorite yoga teachers has this routine she does at the beginning of class. We are all in tadasana, waiting for instructions. This is not a hard posture; it’s … [Read more...]

“Attention: People With Body Parts”

By Melissa A. Fabello "I sit on the freckled sidewalk miles and years later. You bend in the humid air, bowing down to the grass mingling between the cracks. You, like the grass, would always come back. Through the cracks, through the scar tissue of my razor-cut legs. I trace my fingertips through your misplaced feathers, early … [Read more...]