intersectionality

White Feminists, Please Remember That Black Women Are People Too

“Ain’t I a woman?” is a question we still have to ask in 2016 and that’s ridiculous. More »


Gloria Steinem Credited With Abortion Quote Long Attributed To Black Feminist

Gloria Steinem’s name is synonymous with feminism. She is maybe the movement’s most recognizable contemporary—hell, my computer even knew how to spell her last name. Of course there are always critics, and hers have been harsh of everything from her belts to her fingernails, but she has an overall sterling reputation at the forefront of… More »


Facebook Celebrates Women’s Equality Day With A Little Historical Inaccuracy

Yesterday, in addition to being National Dog Day, was also Women’s Equality Day. If you logged on to Facebook, you were no doubt greeted with a personalized version of the message above. A nice sentiment, sure — who doesn’t want to celebrate women’s equality, right? — except it’s also hugely inaccurate, in that the majority of… More »


Girl, Bye: Actress Alice Eve Writes Transphobic Instagram Post About Bruce Jenner

Alice Eve, an actress who I only recognize because she played Captain James T. Kirk’s future wife Carol Marcus in the second “Star Trek” reboot, had some seriously transphobic things to say about Bruce Jenner in a recent Instagram post. In the wake of Jenner’s “20/20″ interview, in which the Olympian told Diane Sawyer, “I am a woman,” More »


Patricia Arquette’s Backstage Comments Overshadow Oscar Speech

Patricia Arquette gave one of the best speeches at last night’s Oscars, calling for equal pay and equal rights for women and earning the enraptured applause of Meryl Streep. But backstage in the press room, Arquette continued her call to action, saying some things that were decidedly tone deaf.
“It’s time for women in… More »


10 Things White Feminists Should Know To Better Understand Intersectionality

Politically and socially, the most powerful demographic, with the exception of White men, is White women. Though still underrepresented in key economic and power positions, White women enjoy numerous social benefits, maintain political power as a “majority” voting body, are still allowed access to the resources provided by White men through marriage or other familial… More »


The Soapbox: The ’80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

I’m writing this on an airplane from Toronto, Ontario, to San Francisco, California. I’ve just spent six days among other women, other queers, other porn performers, and other feminists at the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference. In that time, I have witnessed moments that made my heart soar, my eyes tear up… More »


One White Feminist’s Slow, Bumbling, Slightly Embarrassing Road To Understanding Intersectionality

As will probably become very obvious over the course of this essay, I don’t have an academic background in feminism or gender studies. In fact, I’ve taken exactly one women’s studies class, my freshman year of college, and while I enjoyed the reading list and some of the class discussions, the academic side of feminism… More »


The Soapbox: On #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen; Feminism Is Not Black And White

The Internet exploded in feminist calamity yesterday over the racist, sexist, patriarchal, abuse-laden behavior of Hugo Schwyzer, an allegedly a self-described* mentally ill (former) professor of women’s studies at Pasadena City College. Schwyzer divulged information that is classically tucked away behind the buttressed walls of systemic white privilege. Anecdotally, it’s akin to the ENRON scandal, the… More »