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You know Helen Keller, right? The deaf and blind girl who overcame early 20th century societal expectations to get a good education and become a humanitarian? Now, many people know Helen as an "inspiration," the stuff of milquetoast Saturday morning educational TV, with approx 2000 sappy TV movies about her. BUT if Helen Keller knew about the saccharine way she’s been remembered… well, I’d watch out. See, Helen was one of history's baddest bitches! She is actually reading a book on kicking the shit out of arse...
A musty odor fills my 160-square-foot bedroom. A small box heater is rumbling gently in the corner, fighting the 32-degree temperatures right outside the window. Sunlight attempts to break through the dark gray curtains but is unsuccessful. Swaddled in a deep blue comforter, I lay, now mid-afternoon, and stare at the barren off-white walls. My head, encompassed by the caseless pillow, is pounding slightly. I can hear water droplets falling outside my window, plummeting from the balcony above onto the concrete ground below. Playing on...
Dan Harmon is known to the public as the creator of Community and the executive producer of cult favorite animated series Rick and Morty. In January, Harmon was confronted with and forced to address sexual harassment allegations against him. While Community was being produced, Harmon had taken advantage of his position in power and repeatedly sexually harassed Megan Ganz, a young writer who was just starting her career in the entertainment industry. Without a doubt, Harmon shook Ganz's perception and confidence as a woman, a...
Alejandra Pablos, a prominent Latinx activist, has been detained by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in retaliation for her immigrants’ rights work. The Phoenix New Times reports that Pablos was detained Wednesday morning by the Tuscon office of ICE in relation to trespassing charges filed against her during a peaceful protest at an ICE office in Virginia in early January. An ICE officer in Virginia specifically called Pablos' deportation officer in Tuscon to single her out for her role in that protest, according to her fellow activists....

  The New York Times recently announced that editors are seeking stories from college students on the topic of “Navigating Sex in the ‘Gray Zone.’” With the current climate of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, debates have sparked over what constitutes consent. The idea of a “gray zone” is often referred to — meaning sex that isn't completely consensual, but isn't sexual assault, either. In googling this so-called “gray zone,” another term comes up: “unwanted sexual experience." The word “unwanted” is glaringly obvious here. This  "gray zone" was constructed...
“Be Uncommon, Change History” are the words that greet you in large black font as you enter the Achievement First Brooklyn High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It is exactly the message Tola Lawal, the director and creative force behind Gyrl Wonder, is instilling in young female students of color. The initiative, now in its third year, aims to empower and support those students to excel in their studies after graduating high school. During the school year, the Gyrl Wonder Mentorship program focuses on teaching students about...
Frida Kahlo Gets Her Own Barbie Just before International Women’s Day, Mattel has revealed their plans to release 17 new “Inspiring Women” Barbie dolls, based on real-life women icons including Katherine Johnson, Gabby Douglas and Frida Kahlo. Remezcla reports that some fans of Kahlo’s work and legacy are criticizing Mattel for erasing much of what made her a barrier-breaking woman from her doll, including her unibrow and her disability. Read more about the new line of dolls at CNN. Michelle Obama Meets The Two-Year-Old Who Was Couldn't...
If you scroll down to my bio real quick, you’ll see I attend the University of Tennessee. Good Ol’ Rocky Top. On Saturday, February 17, white supremacists came to my school. The Holocaust-denying organizer of the Charlottesville rally came to my school. And my fellow students refused to remain silent in the face of hatred. Honestly, the Nazis chose the wrong group of people to mess with, because UT students have had a lot of practice standing up to bigotry.  Matthew Heimbach has been called the...
Sharice Davids, a former White House Fellow and all around badass, is running for a Kansas Congressional seat. If elected, Davids will not only be the first Native American woman in Congress, but also the first openly gay Kansas representative, reports The Seattle Times. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk nation in Wisconsin. "As a woman and a Native American, I know how to stand up and fight for equity," Davids writes on her campaign website. Her first priority as a Congressional representative is increasing gun...
Recently, I was groped on the subway staircase. A man stumbled up to me and put his entire palm on my skirt, right above my pelvic bone. I turned after him and yelled, “Are you f**king kidding me?” (eloquent, I know) and off we both went, me struggling not to pass out from my stress reaction and him, I don’t know, likely not thinking about it ever again. But here’s what I’ve been thinking about: It didn’t end there for me. On the train, I dissociated,...