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The Soapbox: On The World Cup, Objectification & The Problem With Thigh Candy

When my feminist friends and I began our communal Facebook message thread, we envisioned a no-holds-barred place to discuss careers, gender politics, and the gospel of Beyoncé. But ever since…

Jen Winston | July 11, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: Ciara’s “Inelegant” New Hairstyle And The Politics Of Black Hair

Saturday evening on her Instagram profile, R&B singer Ciara debuted a new hairstyle: waist-skimming loc extensions. The style, a temporary version of the loc-ed hair many Black people of all…

Hannah Giorgis | July 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm

The Soapbox: Black Nerds, Escapism, & Why We Need More Diverse Books

“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always…

Hannah Giorgis | July 4, 2014 - 10:00 am

The Soapbox: Why I Don’t Love Pope Francis & Am Remaining A Lapsed Catholic

Fun facts about me: My mom’s whole family is Catholic going back centuries. It’s part of our family legacy – the Veteri Ponte (shortened to Vipond) were Catholic barons in…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | June 30, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: Why I’m Not Going To Stop Eating Meat

When I was 13, my 7th grade science class was assigned to dissect a fetal pig.  This made me massively uncomfortable. My teacher told us that we could opt out…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | June 26, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: School Dress Codes Are Vehicles For Body-Shaming And It’s Time To Do Something About It

Remember school dress codes? Did they ever give you a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as a teenager, or did they stay comfortably off your radar? Peggy Orenstein’s

Claire Hannum | June 18, 2014 - 10:00 am

The Soapbox: On The Stonewall Rebellion’s Trans History

President Obama issued a proclamation at the end of May stating that June is officially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, but June has unofficially been Pride Month for…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | June 6, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: Misogynists Hate Men, Too

The absolute dumbest argument I’ve heard in response to Elliot Rodger’s killing spree last weekend was this: Rodger killed more men than women, so this had nothing to do with…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | May 29, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: Let’s Not Give Feminist Frank Too Much Credit

Maybe I’m just a sourpuss, but I’m having a really hard time appreciating the new “Feminist Frank” meme, just like I had a hard time appreciating the “Feminist Ryan Gosling”

Rebecca Vipond Brink | May 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm

The Soapbox: Why Macklemore’s Costume Matters

Last Friday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed a surprise music concert at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. Awesome, right? Only, because it was a surprise, Macklemore wanted to go…

Avital Norman Nathman | May 20, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: 3 Things Not To Say To A Woman Who’s Going Back To Work After Having A Kid

After almost two years at home with my son, I’m going back to work. As I’ve told people the news — family, friends, other moms, the checkout guy at the…

Brooke Siegel | May 19, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: Powerlifting Is For Women, Too

The first time I put a barbell across my back, I was in love.
It wasn’t like I had never lifted weights before; I had, but never like this.

Rebecca Vipond Brink | May 13, 2014 - 12:00 pm
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