feminism

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

No one really wants to think about the realities of prison unless they have to go there or they know someone who has been incarcerated. For many women, time in jail has harsh implications that are different than those experienced by male inmates. Sexual assault by male prison workers and guards is a common threat […]

The Girl Scouts of America Are Asking Everyone to Call Out Rape Culture

The Girl Scouts of America Are Asking Everyone to Call Out Rape Culture

For most people, when they think of the Girl Scouts of America, they think of cookies. Cookie sales are the most universally acknowledged part of Girl Scout culture. To be fair, those cookies are dangerously good. In fact, they have inspired the names of several popular strains of cannabis as well. Young entrepreneur Girl Scouts […]

‘Beauty in the Broken’ Shows the Beauty and Bravery of Assault Survivors

‘Beauty in the Broken’ Shows the Beauty and Bravery of Assault Survivors

All too often, the only depictions we see in the media of rape and sexual assault victim are images of devastation, fear, and pain. While it is important to provide realistic depictions of the damage that sexual violence can cause, it can leave people with the idea that once you become a victim of sexual […]

The Aftershocks of the DAPL Standing Rock Protests Are Still Ongoing

The Aftershocks of the DAPL Standing Rock Protests Are Still Ongoing

For several months in 2016, the whole world stood at transfixed by what was happening at the Standing Rock. The looming threat of the Dakota Access pipeline through tribal lands combined with the lack of respect for the sovereignty of the tribes to whom that land was significant inspired massive protests and led to the […]

Woman Sexually Abused in Florida Prison Settles Lawsuit

Woman Sexually Abused in Florida Prison Settles Lawsuit

Prison is not meant to be an enjoyable experience. It is supposed to be a corrective one. Prison serves both as a form of punishment for those who have committed a crime and also a way of removing dangerous individuals from society. Unfortunately, while the law in the United States prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, […]

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

For years, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has obstinately insisted that cannabis is as dangerous as opioids and heroin. Those in the know, from activists to doctors, would bristle at the classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance. The Schedule 1 classification means that the federal government does not recognize any medical benefits or […]

There Is No Expiration Date on Grief: Hold Space for Those Who Mourn

There Is No Expiration Date on Grief: Hold Space for Those Who Mourn

Our society is obsessed with quick fixes and instant gratification. People expect medical treatments to have an instant effect on their symptoms. Shoppers are used to being able to click a button and have something delivered in only a few days right to their home. When parts of our lives don’t fit in with our […]

What About the Kids? Non-Profit Launches Program For Students with Drug Convictions

What About the Kids? Non-Profit Launches Program For Students with Drug Convictions

When President Johnson signed the Higher Education Act in 1965, he said, “By passing this we bridge the gap between helplessness and hope for educationally deprived children.” The act was intended to give underprivileged children access to education by giving federal money to universities and creating programs like Head Start. Just 30 years later, in 1998, a […]

Understanding Ableism, a Very Common Form of Prejudice

Understanding Ableism, a Very Common Form of Prejudice

People throw around a lot of “isms” these days. Most people already understand the concept of racism, sexism, and even classism. They also understand the concepts of homophobia and transphobia. All of these are forms of prejudice that people have against conditions and features that people can not change. Sometimes, these prejudices are overt and […]

Suicide Rates are on the Rise, and Cannabis Could Help Reduce Them

Suicide Rates are on the Rise, and Cannabis Could Help Reduce Them

Content Note: This article discusses suicide and suicidal ideation.   Suicide rates are climbing to a point where officials have begun talking about this as a public health issue, not a mental health issue. In 2016, the most recent year with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 45,000 suicides. That’s […]