This blog and the wider work that I do are not just about discussing politics and social justice but thinking about how we make lasting change. To emphasize that, I’m adding a new feature to the blog where I highlight an organization I support that is doing effective and important work. Read more
This week’s pick is a reminder why I was lucky to grow up watching Sesame Street. It features Jesse Jackson leading a group of kids in a call-and-response poem “I Am – Somebody.” As Jason Kottke points out, it makes it feel particular sad that a show that was designed to reach low-income kids has moved over to HBO.
This week’s pick is a nice break from the rampant casual sexism that has engulfed the Olympics coverage. People brought together Tracee Ellis Ross, Samantha Bee and other highly talented women to poke fun at the idea that women aren’t funny by turning around the tired old tropes on men. Watch and enjoy.
Among the many things that a rape victim has to deal with is the decision whether or not to involve law enforcement. It’s a personal decision and there’s no right answer. While it’s important for perpetrators to face some kind of reckoning for their actions and to keep serial attackers away from potential victims (though what that should look like is a complicated question on its own), there are many disincentives for women to take their complaints to the police. The very people who are charged with taking sexual assault seriously and holding perpetrators accountable are far from immune from the rape culture that infects society at large. Read more
Authorized Angela Davis biopic in the works
Seven questions the entertainment industry needs to answer about rape
Donald Trump and the long history of white men claiming fraud
Late-night shows are trying to make 2016 voters skeptical of Trump. It’s probably working.
Baltimore police once used a helicopter to break up a dice game
Simone Biles: “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.”