feminism

School-Age Girls Shouldn’t Have to Worry about Menstrual Products

School-Age Girls Shouldn’t Have to Worry about Menstrual Products

Being a young woman is not easy in the United States. Our culture sexualizes girls even before they reach puberty. We also offer almost no accommodations to young women who experience menarche (their first period). For many, the arrival of their first menstruation is marked by pain, confusion, and embarrassment. As though dealing with the […]

Cytonia Brown, Trafficked Teen, Finally Has Sentence Commuted

Cytonia Brown, Trafficked Teen, Finally Has Sentence Commuted

The popular saying is that justice is blind, but in reality, it seems like Lady Justice often sees color. Individuals with more melanin are much more likely to suffer the maximum penalties for criminal charges. They are also less likely to be given the benefit of the doubt in situations involving self-defense. The ludicrous prosecution […]

Immigrant Who Climbed Lady Liberty To Protest ICE Found Guilty

Immigrant Who Climbed Lady Liberty To Protest ICE Found Guilty

Much of the focus of the media and the nation as a whole right now is on immigration. Only a few days ago, our country was rocked with tragic information that a young Guatemalan girl named Jakelin Caal Maquin, only 7 years old, died due to what was likely a preventable illness while in Immigration […]

Remember Those Struggling With Holiday Grief This Season

Remember Those Struggling With Holiday Grief This Season

Most mornings, my routine looks roughly the same. I get my son up and ready for school and settle into my work once he’s gone. Typically, I start my morning off by reading the news to see if anything major has happened overnight. From there, I head to social media and do a quick 5-minute […]

Visiting a Washington’s Farmers Market After Living in Prohibitionist Utah

Visiting a Washington’s Farmers Market After Living in Prohibitionist Utah

Tucked behind a nondescript storefront on Pacific Avenue, between Larchmont and Parkland, near Lakewood, Washington and McChord Air Force Base, sits what might come as a surprise to some. Others find this place to be a lifeline.  It is a community of growers, caregivers, vendors and patients who work together to provide safe access to […]

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

The abuse of inmates and prisoners by correctional staff has long been an under-reported and serious issue. Molestation, rape, and physical assault should not be part of anyone’s experience in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, the power dynamics of prison lend themselves toward abuse, and the career path of prison guard seems to be one sought […]

Inmates In Pennsylvania Prisons Will Finally Have Access to Books Again

Inmates In Pennsylvania Prisons Will Finally Have Access to Books Again

Incarceration is supposed to be a form of punishment, but it is also supposed to offer the opportunity for rehabilitation and reentry into society. For many individuals languishing in prison, books are there only form of escape. They can also be a form of enrichment, self-analysis, and self-improvement. Historically, prison libraries have provided people with […]

Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

With an impressive voter turnout that may challenge previous midterm records, Michigan has officially passed its legalization ballot initiative. Proposition 1 will allow adults ages 21 or older who live in the state of Michigan to grow up to 12 cannabis plants in their own home. By December 6th, Michigan law enforcement will have to […]

The Only FDA-Approved CBD Drug Will Cost Nearly $3K A Month

The Only FDA-Approved CBD Drug Will Cost Nearly $3K A Month

One of the most incredible things about cannabis medicine is that it has been available to individuals without access to traditional health care for as long as humans have turned to the cannabis plant for relief. Even as our species has made incredible progress in the ability to provide trauma care and treat diseases, accessibility […]

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

One of the many reasons that people who support social justice want to move toward legal cannabis policies is because people of color have disproportionately born the burden of prohibition throughout the War on Drugs. In different states and cities, rates vary, but in general, individuals of Hispanic or African-American backgrounds are several times more […]