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Prison Abolition is a Key Component of Reproductive Freedom

The prison industrial complex looms large as one of the single biggest institutions which perpetuate and exacerbate unequal access to reproductive care. “From forced sterilization to family separation, the carceral state itself is an act of reproductive violence,” writes long-time prison abolitionist and organizer Mariame Kaba. Kaba is just one of many Black feminists who...

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As Gay Marriage is Legalized in Taiwan, Trans People Continue to Face Violence Across Asia

Marriage is not by any stretch of the imagination a barometer of progress for the majority of queer and trans people. This article contains mentions of transphobia and transphobic violence Last week, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize gay marriage. Celebratory photographs of newly wed gay and lesbian Taiwanese couples proliferated across...

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The Fight Against Reproductive Rights Targets the Most Marginalized People—Here is How You Can Help

Those disproportionately targeted by state violence for autonomy over their own bodies are fighting for reproductive rights and have been for a long time. “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” This quote from Audre Lorde (“Learning from the Sixties,” 1982) has been rattling around in...

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Aziz Ansari is Not Emmett Till, Nor the Straw Man of Asian American Masculinity

Let’s interrogate the politic of comparing Aziz Ansari to Emmett Till. A storm of articles has appeared over the last 48 hours regarding the account published by Babe magazine on the disturbing encounter between Aziz Ansari and a young woman who, in the account, is simply called “Grace.” A large majority of these articles, particularly...

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Dear Non-Black Asian-Americans: We Need to Stop Appropriating AAVE

Dear non-Black Asian-Americans (and other non-Black folks), we have a real issue with appropriating AAVE, and it needs to stop. AAVE stands for African American Vernacular English, and it refers to a distinct language—consisting of words, phrases, intonations, gestures, but also, in the present internet age, gifs, memes, and other images—that has its origins in...

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Goodbye Logan Paul

Logan Paul’s racist actions have a context and also a history. Last week, a white man named Logan Paul traveled to Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), a sacred forest at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan where many Japanese people have historically died by suicide. There, he (surprise!) discovered the corpse of a Japanese suicide victim hanging...

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What Do We Do When Social Justice Language is Weaponized in the Service of our Oppressors?

Language is malleable, yes—but we cannot allow social justice language, particularly the type of language specifically invented to empower victims of abuse, to work against us, to re-silence us, again and again.  [TW- Mention of sexual assault] A couple of weeks ago, when the #MeToo campaign was making its way across the social media landscape,...