This Week in Misogyny Has Fantastic Feminist Hair

There’s a wee bit of good news mixed with the bad this week, along with a couple of year-in-reviews of 2013’s top moments in feminism and misogyny. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Has Fantastic Feminist Hair

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: Why Are We Still Talking? Do Something!

How can we go around the world and saying that we’re the bastions and the light of freedom throughout the world, when we marginalize people within our own country and our own society?

–from Baldemar Velasquez in an interview with Bill Moyers about the ongoing David vs. Goliath struggles to ensure fairness for American farm workers

I want to live in a world where the George Zimmermans of the world run to help the Trayvon Martin’s of the world, not hunt them down. Read More Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: Why Are We Still Talking? Do Something!

Florida, I Just Can’t Quit You

So, my home state has not been getting very good press lately. Granted, it’s entirely deserved. The state’s infamous “Stand Your Ground” law is either a legitimate defense or a means to justify homicide, depending on your race. Two different juries composed of eligible citizens acquitted George Zimmerman of murdering Trayvon Martin near Orlando in “self-defense,” while convicting Marissa Alexander, a black woman living in Jacksonville, to 20 years in prison for discharging a gun into the air to scare off an abusive ex. Read More Florida, I Just Can’t Quit You