OK, People, It’s Time to Calm Down About Target

Earlier this week, Target announced that they’ll be removing unnecessarily gender-specific signs and color-coded decorations from some departments, including the toy aisles and children’s bedding. Seems like a small change that shouldn’t be cause for any outrage, right? Alas, no. Target’s Facebook page is full of angry (and largely ungrammatical) posts from people vowing to never shop there again because they’re bowing to political correctness and ruining America. But is your shopping experience really going to change? Because I know I’ve never needed to look at the signs to figure out which bedding was being marketed toward girls vs. boys, and I doubt that most of the people protesting would have even noticed the changed signs if they hadn’t put out a press release.  Read More OK, People, It’s Time to Calm Down About Target

PoC News in America

Earlier this week, we brought you a lot of news about the Baltimore Uprising. Here’s everything else we missed from last week.

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Micro-aggressions, Cat-calling, and Triggers, Oh My! A Record of Harassment

[Original publication date: May 16, 2011]

(Trigger warnings:  offensive images, talk of sexual assault, sexually aggressive language)

Last week, Olivia wrote about the anger around the cat-call, saying, “Sometimes I feel like I have molten lava boiling right underneath the surface of my skin. It’s been building, and waiting, and accumulating all things toxic.” Read More Micro-aggressions, Cat-calling, and Triggers, Oh My! A Record of Harassment

Close Encounters of the Patriarchal Kind

Let’s just go ahead and agree: Our culture is sneakily patriarchal. Some of the things we say and do (and that others say and do) are such a part of our every day life, that we look back afterwards and go, “Huh.  So that was some subtext.” Other types we just want to yell, “Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.” Here are some of those times. Read More Close Encounters of the Patriarchal Kind