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The Soapbox: I Don’t Believe In God, But I Think This American Atheists Billboard Is Gross

Can we just not? More »


The Soapbox: No, Wendi Nix, Boycotting The Cowboys’ Sponsors Will Not Solve The NFL’s Domestic Violence Problem

Yesterday, ESPN’s Wendi Nix joined the crew at SportsCenter to talk about Greg Hardy. Hardy, if you don’t follow football, beat his ex-girlfriend badly while playing for the Carolina Panthers, was shielded by the NFL, had the charges of assault expunged, and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys. Deadspin shone a light on the whole horribleMore »


The Soapbox: On The Need For Safe Spaces For Girls Who Develop Early

Girls who begin puberty earlier than their peers are stuck in an adolescent purgatory of sorts – not yet women, but too “mature” to be considered little girls. More »


The Soapbox: Don’t Let Drake’s “Sensitivity” Fool You – He’s Still A Misogynist

Drake’s NiceGuy (TM) persona doesn’t exempt him from being a misogynist. More »


The Soapbox: In Defense Of “Flip-Flopping” In Politics And In Life

Hillary Clinton has been criticized for flip-flopping on the issues–but isn’t it worse to never change your mind? More »


The Soapbox: If Meryl Streep Isn’t A Feminist, Fine — I’m Not Either

When asked if she was a feminist, Meryl Streep responded, “I am a humanist, I am for nice easy balance.” Oh, lord, here come the internet masses, sniffing for humanist-not-feminist blood.

The Mary Sue says:
“I get younger actresses with less context about the feminist movement needing to beMore »


The Soapbox: Would You Rather Not Mock Survivors, Tina Fey?

Tina Fey asked Mindy Kaling “Would you rather sleep with Donald Trump or Bill Cosby?” More »


The Soapbox: Thanks For The Slut-Shaming, Francis!

Pope Francis deciding to allow priests to forgive women who have had abortions isn’t the progressive move you might think it is. More »


The Soapbox: As Serena Williams Knows, The Race-Based Wage Gap Is No Joke

Serena may have whooped Maria Sharapova’s behind in 18 of their last 20 matches, but somehow, Sharapova is worth $5 million more. More »


The Soapbox: Did Fatphobia Enable Jared Fogle’s Predatory Behavior?

Our culture equates weight loss with morality. More »


The Soapbox: Chicago Needs A Hurricane Katrina, Says Completely Tone Deaf Trib Op-Ed

What kind of person would say they were envious of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina? More »


The Soapbox: Spreading Unsubstantiated Theories About Sandra Bland’s Death Won’t Bring Her Justice

Though there has been plenty of sound reporting on the facts of the case, there has also been no shortage of conspiracy theories circulating the internet — including one that claims Bland was lying on the ground in her mug shot photo, the insinuation being that the young woman was dead already.More »


The Soapbox: Nicki Minaj’s Point About European Beauty Standards And Misogynoir Is Not “Redundant”

Ed Sheeran, please STFU and have a seat next to Taylor Swift. More »


The Soapbox: No, You Don’t Have To Be “Respectful” For Police Officers To Be Professional

Sandra Bland’s arrest and death has sparked outrage across the nation. Dash cam footage captured the enraged police officer, State Trooper Brian Encinia, threatening “I will light you up” while pointing a taser because the young woman refused to put out her cigarette or step out of her vehicle during a routine traffic stop. She was… More »


The Soapbox: Chicago Artist Exploits Michael Brown’s Death With Tone-Deaf Attempt To Examine Her Own White Privilege

While attempting to explore white privilege in her latest exhibit, artist Ti-Rock Moore displayed a tone deaf approach of precisely that — white privilege. Moore’s exhibit, Confronting Truths: Wake Up!“, which recently opened in Chicago, was created, according to the artist, to “honestly and frankly… explore white privilege through my acute awareness of the unearned… More »


The Soapbox: Why Russell Wilson & Ciara’s “No-Sex Vow” Weirds Me Out

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson recently did an interview with Pastor Miles McPherson at San Diego’s Rock Church in which he not only confirmed that he has been dating pop star Ciara, but that the couple has vowed to go about their relationship “Jesus’s way” by abstaining from having sex until marriage. Wilson says he got the message… More »


The Soapbox: On Pennsatucky & Poor, White, Rural Representation On “Orange Is The New Black”

For every story that “Orange Is The New Black” has inspired in the media, I never thought that I would come across one that uses the show as an example of how white women aren’t taken care of well enough. But of course there is one. More »


The Soapbox: Protecting Affirmative Action Is A Feminist Issue

Abigail Fisher’s lawsuit against the University of Texas at Austin is an example of how white women are used as pawns in a war against people of color where both demographics lose to white male patriarchy. More »


The Soapbox: How Fox News Helped Turn My Conservative Dad Into A Gay Marriage-Loving Liberal

Last Friday, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that same sex couples have the right to marry. What an incredible day in American history. It’s a victory I’m happy to share with my dad. No, my dad isn’t gay, but he his opinion on gay marriage has made a lot of progress. An… More »


The Soapbox: Why Won’t Hillary Clinton Say “Black Lives Matter”?

Considering the large body of work that explains why the phrase “all lives matter” is contextually racist and wholly inappropriate, it seriously gives me pause that Hillary Clinton let the words slip out of her mouth. More »


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