The Establishment

‘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At home in her gleaming estate mere days after the Trump administration rescinded guidelines on protecting transgender youth, Caitlyn Jenner donned a pastel-pink blouse and addressed thousands of threatened children who feared for their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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