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  A Christmas carol to put all other Christmas carols to shame - "White Privilege" written by the team at Lady Parts Justice to the tune of "White Christmas" is the perfect holiday reflection on everything that has been happening in our country during the past few months (and for a solid portion of our entire history). Set on the streets of Brooklyn, five women of color slowly sway past brownstones singing their revised rendition of the holiday classic, as ... Read More
When officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the town of Ferguson, Missouri erupted into a justified rage. With local the police force increasing militarization, including the use of tear gas and violence against protestors and reporters in order to quell the riots, there has been an flood of information from every corner of the internet on what is going on, from protestors to citizen journalists and everyone else on Twitter.  As a feminist ... Read More
Food policing sucks. It can totally catch you off guard the first time it happens.  “You’re getting fries too? Those’ll go straight to your hips, you know.” “Are you sure you seconds are a good idea?”  “Just a salad? You’re so thin—eat a darn cheeseburger!”  It’s startling, uncalled for, and people often don't know it’s a problem until it actually happens to them.  ... Read More
  At around 2:30 AM on Saturday, 19-year-old Renisha McBride’s car crashed and she was stuck in a neighborhood outside of Detroit. She didn’t know the area and began knocking on doors, asking for help. One homeowner, who is as of yet unidentified, shot the young woman in the head, killing her.    The police are keeping much of the story under wraps, claiming that it was an act of self-defense. A neighbor agrees that the shooter was ... Read More
  Inspector Shazadi Gillani and Rizwana Zafar have faced their fair share of hurdles. Without the support of her father, Gillani paid for her own basic training. After the birth of eight daughters, Zafar’s parents raised her as a boy. The two now police an especially conservative northern Khyber Pakhunkhwa province. Gillani dons a burqa, and Zafar wears a faux mustache as they fend off bandits and militant forces.    As Reuters reports, the ... Read More
India, in the midst of grappling with the aftermath of the December New Delhi gang rape, has been rocked by the news of yet another horrific sex crime. On February 16th, the bodies of three sisters aged 7, 9, 11, were found in a well in Maharashtra, a region south of New Delhi. According to an Associated Press report, the local police dismissed the deaths as accidental, and refused to investigate. After two days of police inaction, “Enraged villagers forced ... Read More
As the Steubenville, Ohio rape trial draws nigh, the Internet has been abuzz with discussion of the two high school football players’ actions and the authorities’ reaction to the case. Protests and rallies have formed due to the city’s negligent conduct.  As a result, the police department and city of Steubenville have launched “Steubenville Facts” in an attempt to “disseminate the most accurate information about a recent ... Read More
The vast majority of women, and some men, experience street harassment — according to Hollaback, 80 to 99% of women experience street harassment at some point in their lives. Street harassment takes the form of vulgar gestures, sexually explicit comments, whistling, following, kissing noises, groping, masturbation….the list goes on. I’ve had most of these happen to me — from the man who followed me out of the subway while masturbating, to ... Read More
Hey there fellow NYCers-- are you a community member, a community organizer, or an activist? Do you dislike all kinds of oppression, enjoy food, and appreciate art? If so, let me draw your attention to a place you should be visiting on the regular: Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center on the Lower East Side. Want an empowering book? You’ll find it here. Been meaning to brush up on your gender studies or ... Read More
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