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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: A White Feminist’s Dystopia

When I first read The Handmaid’s Tale, I remember being uncomfortable — but I couldn’t really articulate why.

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How Alcoholics Anonymous Psychologically Abuses the Marginalized

“My name is Princess and I’m an alcoholic!”

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I Grew Up In a Fundamentalist Cult  -  ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Was My Reality

It was a cold morning on the campus of the little Christian college I attended in Western Pennsylvania. Along with about 20 other students, I’d trundled in and unwrapped my coat and scarf. Now we all sat there sipping our coffees, waiting for the hardest class of the year to get rolling.

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Why Trumpian Conspiracy Theories and Anti-Semitism Are Intimately Connected

Earlier this month, white nationalists found cause to rejoice. The culprit behind many of the bomb threats plaguing JCCs and Jewish schools around the country — a young American-Israeli man living in Ashkelon, in the south of Israel — was arrested. The teenager, apparently utilizing sophisticated identity-masking methods, was responsible for a yet-unknown but apparently large proportion of the bomb threats terrorizing toddlers, schoolchildren, and Jews at prayer, according to Israeli police.

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How To Win With Identity Politics

Identity politics is dead.

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It's Time to Ignore Caitlyn Jenner

At home in her gleaming estate mere days after the Trump administration rescinded guidelines on protecting transgender youth, Caitlyn Jenner donned a pastel-pink blouse and addressed thousands of threatened children who feared for their safety. Her message? “You’re winning.”

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A Brief History of Activism That Has Made a Big Difference in Society

When we reflect on the activists who changed the course of history, we often think of those who showed up and made their presence known: the Civil Rights activists who took to the streets, despite the very real threat of police brutality; the protesters amassing by the hundreds of thousands, signs in hand, like those who participated in the recent Women’s March; the canvassers tirelessly knocking on doors, getting out the vote to shape the future of American politics.

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When the U.S. Pretends It’s the Center of the Universe

There’s a troublingly pervasive idea that the U.S. is the center of the universe, though it isn’t always expressed as explicitly — or even euphemistically — as that. Instead it’s simply assumed, proffered as truth without a single backward glance or knowing nod to its own megalomania.

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‘Special Snowflake’ My Ass: Why Identity Labels Matter

I get a warm feeling when I see the word “asexual” in someone’s bio.

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When a Woman Deletes a Man's Comment Online

I spent a fair amount of time this weekend in mixed states of amusement, frustration, anger, and confusion as a grown man threw a fit in my online spaces. It had started on Facebook, with multiple comments left on my page, the same screenshots posted over and over. He then looked up my Twitter handle and railed against me there, trying to drag in a celebrity, his followers, and one of my employers. According to him, I was a fatwa-issuing Nazi (I’m not making this word choice up) of no journalistic integrity who was censoring the public. And the world needed to know.

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White People, You Have a Choice to Make

Okay, people, listen up.

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What Trump’s Immigration Policies Mean For Domestic Violence Victims

Until recently, I worked at The Family Place, a domestic violence agency in Dallas, where I’d been for a little over two years. There, I served as a violence prevention educator, spending the majority of the week in elementary schools, high schools, and colleges teaching the root causes of gender-based violence, like harassment, sexual assault, and dating violence. I often encountered students in crisis or students who had experienced trauma at home, either as a victim of or a witness to violence. I can still remember each student who told me their story — each act of abuse they detailed to me.

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The Frightening and Sad Reasons Russians Love Trump

“The connection lags,” my parents told me over Skype from Ryazan, my native city 100 miles southwest of Moscow. It was Friday afternoon in New Jersey, and I was trying to keep my toddler from touching the screen when my dad said, “It’s because everyone’s watching the inauguration.”

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We Must Not Confuse Affirmation With Activism

Like millions of my fellow Americans, I’ve read enough news articles to find myself perpetually spiraling into a state of sustained restlessness and utter hopelessness. Both the election and the years of political dysfunction that preceded it have left me with anger and anxiety like I’ve never known.

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Dear Congress: I Don’t Need a Gun, I Need Health Care

On Wednesday, the Republican Party pretended to care about the rights of the mentally ill by repealing an Obama-era regulation that prevented people with diagnosed disorders from purchasing firearms.

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Depression Is an Unlikely Advantage in the Fight Against Fascism

If you’re one of the more than 16 million human adults in America affected by depression, and the current advent of fascism feels like a one-way ticket to hell, know that you’re not alone.

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I’m a Refugee From a Banned Country - This Is My American Story

America is my home. When I chose to become a U.S. citizen 20 years ago, I swore to protect it from enemies, foreign and domestic, and I take this oath very seriously. If refugees posed a credible threat, would I vehemently oppose their entry into the U.S.? Absolutely. But there is no evidence suggesting that refugees from the seven banned countries are, or will be, a threat to America. These refugees are escaping terror, and the robust vetting process protecting our borders ensures that this is the case. Yet many of my fellow Americans support the Muslim ban.

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What Liberals Don't Get About Free Speech in the Age of Trump

Nothing proliferates speech quite like a debate about a white man’s inalienable right to it.

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The Poor Could Go Even Hungrier Under Donald Trump

In their enduring quest for convenience, Americans have increasingly turned to what some are predicting will be the future of shopping: online grocery-delivery services. As of last year, about 5% of U.S. consumers said they preferred shopping for groceries online, a number that seems poised to rise in the coming years. In 2015, online grocery sales amounted to about $7 billion; by 2020, they’re expected to grow to $18 billion.

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The Christian Community's Support of Donald Trump Broke My Heart

When I was a teenager, I thought Christians were out of touch. I felt this way even though I’d come from a long line of them, had been baptized, and had even accompanied my mom to church most Sundays in suburban Denver, Colorado. But in general, I tried to keep Christians at arm’s length. All that praising of God bothered me. All that praising had me convinced that these people were out of touch with reality, out of touch with the suffering and disappointment inherent to living. Like many 17-year-olds, I preferred having contraband Coors Light in my hand and a more jaded approach to life.

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How to Protect Yourself Digitally In the Trump Era

We’ve entered a new era with the election of Donald Trump, and activists, intellectuals, and scientists will need to become more aware over the coming months of the safety and security of their electronic communications. Trump has made no secret, after all, of his willingness and ability to lash out against those who criticize him or his policies, and this threat could become more serious, widespread, and dangerous now that he’s taken office.

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SCOTUS Isn't the Only Court We Should Be Worried About in Trump's America

Well, here we are: facing down the inauguration of hate incarnate. And while it’s hard to pick one single, overriding fear when an incoming administration has explicitly expressed a desire to reduce the rights and safety of all marginalized people living in this country, I find myself thinking most often about the judiciary. Our court system, after all, sets laws that shape the lives of millions.

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I Will Never Apologize for My Identity Politics

The other day on Twitter, a man posted a picture of my coloring book he’d given his daughter for Christmas. He was excited to give her a coloring book full of badass intersectional feminists. He wanted to thank me for creating it.

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Why the Electoral College Elects Racist Presidents

Welp! December 19th marked the beginning of the end, as the Electoral College made it official and elected Donald Trump as our next Commander-in-Chief, once again confirming to me that the Electoral College ain’t worth nan and it ain’t never gone be worth nan.

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Trolls Are Doing All They Can To Destroy Entire Communities

Content warning: homophobia, threats of violence and death

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How Seasonal Affective Disorder Feels From the Inside

Content warning: suicidal ideation

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The Rise of the ‘Alt Right’ and Religious Right Are Chillingly Similar

It wasn’t over on November 8. This race, with its roiling of our electoral landscape, is the kind that leaves legacies—even if Trump had lost, the stain of what Trump has made possible would be with us.

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What I’m Doing To Get My Black Ass Ready For The Next 4 Years

We are now less than two months away from the ascendency of the Great Orange Hate Clown. To say that it has been weighing on me is an understatement. Words are so inadequate to describe the feelings of fear, dread, sadness, and betrayal I’m feeling as the year draws to a close, that this writer wonders what words really are for. But I cannot just sit at my computer typing “fuck” over and over again; there is work to do.

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Stop Calling It ‘Identity Politics’  -  It's Civil Rights

This election cycle, “identity politics” has become one of the phrases that joined the political lexicon. Even though it’s now widely used, many people are still unsure of what “identity politics” means. Identity politics refers to the political interests of women, minorities, and other marginalized groups in American politics. These interests are far-ranging and include everything from fighting for equal pay for women to fighting against police brutality in minority communities.

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Conservative Nonprofit Launches Watchlist for Liberal Professors

“Expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.”

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It's Not Rural Voters Who Put Trump in Office - It's White People

Politico called it “The Revenge of the Rural Voter.” Stephanie Coontz wrote a piece for CNN saying that she understood “why people who have felt trampled on by ‘the system’ for many years had trouble making meaningful distinctions between the respective vices of [Clinton and Trump].” Bernie Sanders said in an interview on Monday with CBS News that the election results are due to the Democratic Party’s inability to connect to low-income voters—a fact that has left him personally feeling “deeply humiliated.” 

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