Posts tagged "the soapbox"

The Soapbox: Unwanted Touching Is Unacceptable At Any Age (Yes, Even Age 6)

This piece is crossposted with permission from RebeccaHains.Wordpress.com. In this week’s news, a six-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school. The reason? He had repeatedly kissed one of his classmates, despite her telling him to stop. The girl’s mother, Jade Masters-Ownbey, noted that the boy’s behavior had been an ongoing problem. The…
By: Rebecca Hains / December 13, 2013

The Soapbox: Why Does Anyone Still Think It’s Okay To Listen To R. Kelly?

R. Kelly is one of the most successful R&B artists of our time. He’s sold 54 million records globally, had a career that spans three decades and penned classic records that have provided the soundtrack for some of our best moments. But while folks were bumping and grinding to his hits, other things were going…
By: Christiana Mbakwe / December 5, 2013

The Soapbox: Women Tell Dirty Jokes, Deal With It

Dear Variety Columnist Brian Lowry, You wrote a negative review of Sarah Silverman’s new comedy special, “We Are Miracles,” which aired on HBO Saturday night. And I get it. The special felt stale, pointlessly antagonistic, and lacked actual jokes. But worse than the program itself was the bizarrely-gendered language you used to smash…
By: Emily Winter / November 25, 2013

The Soapbox: The Disconnect Between Black Feminism And Gay Activism

I am a black woman and my best friend is a gay man. He came out to me the summer between our senior year of high school and our freshman year of college. "I really need to tell you something," he began, while driving us home from our summer job at the local pool. I…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 22, 2013

The Soapbox: “Scandal” Lazily Relies On A Rape Scene To Make A Hated Character More Sympathetic

Spoilers ahead! I watch a lot of television. One of my mother's favorite stories involves her coming home from work and finding a three year-old me on her couch, pointing to a schedule grid in her TV Guide and asking to watch a primetime "Scooby Doo" special. As such I have a vast amount of…
By: Jamie Nesbitt Golden / November 15, 2013

The Soapbox: No, But Seriously, Sex Can Be Satisfying Without Orgasm

I have slept with a fair amount of people. But I've orgasmed with only one, the person I was in a long-term relationship with. All of my other sexual encounters have been varying degrees of fun, but have not resulted in the Big O. For me at least -- the men I've slept with alway…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 13, 2013

The Soapbox: What Lululemon Can Learn From The Queer Yoga Community

Earlier this week, Lululemon's founder, Chip Wilson, made a boneheaded comment in response to the sheer batch of yoga pants that the company had to recall earlier this year. "Frankly, some women's bodies just don't actually work [for the yoga pants] ……
By: Ami Angelowicz / November 8, 2013

The Soapbox: Slate Tells Young Women To “Stop Getting Drunk,” Majorly Misses The Mark On Alcohol & Rape

Slate.com's modus operandi is to troll the hell out of everyone. Today's piece by Dear Prudence author Emily Yoffe, "College Women: Stop Getting Drunk," is a classic example. In her piece, Yoffe recounts a statistic from a 2009 study that 80 percent of campus sexual assaults involve alcohol.  She then gives what she thinks i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 16, 2013

The Soapbox: Kanye West May Be Arrogant, But He’s Also Right About Black Wealth

Over the past fortnight I’ve watched as a familiar narrative re-emerged around rapper Kanye West. Basically, Kanye’s an arrogant ranting asshole who needs to shut up, and stick to music. The end. Admittedly, Kanye doesn’t help his cause. At times his behavior lends credence to what I think is a shallow theory. Yes, Kanye West…
By: Christiana Mbakwe / October 14, 2013

The Soapbox: On The “First Female Maasai Warrior” & The Power Of White Privilege

In a recent Yahoo! Shine article, a young, white, California entrepreneur, Mindy Budgor, was deemed a "warrior princess" after ditching her posh, luxury-filled life to become the first female warrior of the African Maasai tribe. Armed with Underarmor, pearl earrings and Chanel dragon red nail polish -- which made her feel "fierce"--…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 13, 2013

The Soapbox: Why Do We Feel Ashamed For Being Sexually Harassed?

It ended as quickly as it started. I felt his hand squeeze my butt, heard him shout "Nice!" and caught a glimpse of his back as he bolted off the subway car. I stood there, clutching the metal pole, utterly paralyzed. Did that really just happen? Did a random man just grab me and proceed…
By: Lauren Rankin / September 10, 2013

The Soapbox: Chelsea Manning Has The Right To Healthcare In Prison, Transgender Or Not

Now that Chelsea Manning has expressed a desire to medically transition through hormone replacement therapy, there are a lot of questions circling about what Leavenworth looks like for a trans woman, and how exactly someone might transition from male to female in prison. While Manning’s case itself is complicated, the question of…
By: Avory Faucette / August 22, 2013

The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

I never thought I’d write an article under that title but here goes. Earlier this week, Dr. Phil asked over Twitter: "If a girl is drunk, is it alright to have sex with her?" The Twittersphere overwhelmingly answered "No," calling Dr. Phil a “moron,” “asshole” and “rape apologist,” among other things. I…
By: Melissa Petro / August 22, 2013

The Soapbox: Is “Orange Is The New Black” Entertainment Or Education?

Everybody has feelings about Jenji Kohan’s "Orange is the New Black." I have all the feelings. Since the show’s debut, we’ve tossed opinions back-and-forth about the cast of characters and the powerfully written narratives that reveal the unseen lives of American’…
By: Shanelle Matthews / August 20, 2013

The Soapbox: Quit Stereotyping Teen Moms

I started dating Trent when I was 18 and he was 21. Three dates in, I was hooked. We spent all our free time together, going for drives out in the country, watching the latest movies or just sitting around talking. We were also having the copious amounts of sex you would expect from a…
By: Chandra Burks / August 15, 2013

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…
By: Shanelle Matthews / August 13, 2013

The Soapbox: Natural Hair, Like Recycling, Is Not A Lifestyle Choice For Everyone

For the last several years, natural hair "trends" have been on the rise for African-American and other women in the U.S. Just last week, Oprah graced the cover of O Magazine donning an enormous Afro, much bigger than the one she wore in the late '70s when she first started…
By: Shanelle Matthews / August 12, 2013

The Soapbox: On The Forgotten Women Of “Fruitvale Station”

Everything you've heard about "Fruitvale Station" is true. The biopic, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at Sundance, explores the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man from Oakland who was shot and killed by a BART officer on New…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2013

The Soapbox: Piper On “Orange Is The New Black” Is The Poster Girl For Privilege

It’s safe to say that Netflix’s latest original series, "Orange is the New Black," is nothing short of binge-worthy. I devoured the entire first season in under 96 hours (seriously). Groundbreaking on many levels, the show openly displays queer female sexuality…
By: Lauren Rankin / August 6, 2013

The Soapbox: On Hugo Schwyzer, Personal Essay Writing & Redemption

Last week, the controversial professor, feminist blogger and personal essayist Hugo Schwyzer announced on his blog, in an interview with NYmag.com and again in LA Weekly that he was retiring his notorious public persona and quitting the internet for good (or—…
By: Melissa Petro / August 5, 2013
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