Articles about Social Issues
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We Sold Feminism to the Masses, and Now It Means Nothing
These days, feminism is on fleek. Touted by everyone from Dove to Barbie to Taylor Swift, consumer capitalism has made feminism sexy, fun, cool—and remarkably easy to claim as...
Letting Go - Life Lessons on Dealing with Pain and Loss
1 I’m eleven years old. I’m in the deep end of a swimming pool, small wet hands fastened on to the pool ladder. My instructor bends over. “Let go,” she says. “I will,” I...
Comic: If Bart Simpson and Chris Griffin Went to Couples Therapy
"My dad was an abusive alcoholic, or whatever. He'd go to the bar, come home drunk, find out I'd f-cked up at school, and he'd choke me out."
How-And Why-To Take Your Life Back From Email
Regain your time, attention, and energy from the email machine.
3 Signs Corporate Work Culture Has Become Toxic to the Human Spirit
Feeling trapped on the corporate ladder? You’re not alone… our work culture has become uncaring, toxic and rather dangerous to our well-being.
It Didn't Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are
The past is never dead. It’s not even past. — William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun
The Pain You Feel Is Capitalism Dying
I know it hurts — but what you are feeling (alongside millions of others) is the natural consequence of late-stage capitalism.
A Non-Exhaustive List of All the Things I Used to Do to Try to Become More Beautiful
I used to get made fun of for my big front teeth. Once, when I got home from school, I found my mom’s nail file and tried to file them down. The edge of the nail file caught...
Here Are 4 Bad Messages About Masculinity We Should Stop Telling Young Boys
Masculinity is having a moment — but it's not a good one. Traditional notions of manliness — they typical characteristics that are purported to make men "Men" — are now being...
What It Really Means to Hold Space for Someone
How to be there for the people who need you most
Are Our Smartphones Afflicting Us All With Symptoms of ADHD?
When was the last time you opened your laptop midconversation or brought your desktop computer to the dinner table? Ridiculous, right? But if you are like a large number of...
Do You Get Out of Bed in the Morning to Make Money for Billionaires?
We have been told a great lie about capitalism — that everyone who works hard in life will be successful, make a lot of money, and have a good life. So why is it that most of...
Captain America Is a Big Screen Anarchist Superhero, How Weird Is That?
Is it weird to call Captain America an anarchist? Yes, yes it is. Of course, there’s a ton of different versions of the character throughout the canon, from the hyperpatriotic...
Happiness and Children
Depression and anxiety are rising rapidly among young people: what’s going on?
This Is Not a 'Migrant Crisis' - It's a Crisis of Inequality and War
The media  is wrong to characterise the issues surrounding the thousands of people attempting to travel into Europe as a ‘migrant crisis’, according to a briefing released...
Photo Series Depicts Women's Experience of Male Entitlement
"Boundaries" draws attention to the oppression of male entitlement that women feel on a daily basis in everyday life.
The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism
I’ve been talking with a lot of my friends recently — in private where they felt comfortable letting their guard down — about the dirty little secret no one is supposed to talk...
5 Articles Pointing the Way Toward a Post-Capitalist World
Sometimes when you are living within a system of oppression it is difficult to even see that the system exists, let alone imagine alternative ways of living and organising...
A Better Analogy for Sexual Assault
Emma Lindsay responds to an all too common argument about women’s responsibilities with respect to alcohol and rape
The Global Architecture of Wealth Extraction
Wealth inequality has reached truly epic proportions — with 62 individuals amassing the same aggregate wealth as 3.7 billion. Most of us intuitively sense that this outcome...
Mutiny of the Soul, Revisited
Over the years, I’ve probably received more mail about Mutiny of the Soul than any other essay I’ve written. The idea of the article has been hugely validating for many...
Microsoft's New Twitter Bot Becomes Nazi Sympathizing Maniac Within 24 Hours
Anytime there’s a new development in robotics or artificial intelligence, popular culture almost instantly regurgitates the Skynet Terminator narrative. To wit...
Sexism Is Hard to Explain
This morning I was walking into my building and a man was walking parallel with me. He was going towards one set of doors; I was going towards a pair adjacent to them. He...
This Anti-Racist Facebook Post Wins The Internet
Blogger Emlyn Pearce responds to those who feel all Muslims are responsible for the actions of a few, with an amazing Facebook post that's going viral.
We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too
New studies show being in nature may increase your willingness to be generous, trusting, and helpful toward others.
Your White Savior Complex Is Detrimental to My Development
Last week, I got an email question from a colleague (we’ll call her ‘Amy’). I’ve known for a while. I asked Amy for permission to answer her question in a more public forum...
More Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: This Time, They're Coming for Your Democracy
Twelve years ago, John Perkins published his book, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.” Today, he says “things have just gotten so much worse.”
Postcards From a Horizontal World
New social movements are different. Instead of asking for alternatives, they are bringing them to life.
22 Startling Images Depict Life for Disney Characters in the Modern World
‘Unhappily Ever After’ uses beloved Disney characters to expose the unfortunate effect pollution, war, and modern society has on the world.
The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
“Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish-American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the...
This All-Women Bike Crew Is Running Gentrifiers Out of Town
Almost six years ago, Xela de la X, a local Los Angeles community activist and musician, organized the first Luna Ride, a nighttime bicycling event that takes place beneath the...
Will Racism Ever End, Will I Ever Stop Being a Nigger?
A commentary on being Black in post-Obama America
The Global Refugee Crisis: Humanity's Last Call for a Culture of Sharing and Cooperation
The real crisis is not the influx of refugees to Europe per se but a toxic combination of destabilising foreign policy agendas, economic austerity and the rise of right-wing...
When You're Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression
I’ve never been punched in the face. Not in an actual fight, at least. I’m not much of a fighter, I suppose… More of an “arguer.” I don’t think I’m “scared” to get into a...
White Men Needed to Play Devil's Advocate
Someone posted this amazing ad on Montreal Craigslist
Traditional Gender Norms Are Imprisoning All of Us - It's Time to Break Free!
The world needs all of us to become healers. It needs us to nurture the sacred feminine and the sacred masculine that lies dormant to various degrees within each and every one...
This Revolution Will Not Be Schooled
How We Are Collectively Improvising a 'New Story' About Learning
How to Get Rid of Your Landlord and Socialize American Housing, in 3 Easy Steps
Homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, devastating gentrification, and the housing bubble are all rooted in privatized housing.
We Are All Human: 10 Labels We Need to Stop Using to Describe People
Humans have an innate desire to place labels on everything. Labels give people a sense of order, and a way of distinguishing things. Yet, people aren’t things; they are human...
The Hidden Antidote for Depression
Depression is the unavoidable by-product of not being who you really are
Nobody Is Born a Terrorist
Could you feel empathy for someone who has committed an act of terrorism?
Welcome Refugees to Europe - A Moral and Political Necessity
We citizens of the Member States of the European Union, of the Schengen Area, the Balkans, of the Mediterranean, and of the Middle East as well as citizens of other countries...
The Opposite of Rape Culture Is Nurturance Culture
The opposite of masculine rape culture is masculine nurturance culture: men* increasing their capacity to nurture, and becoming whole. The Ghomeshi trial is back in the news...
Fantasies, Sex & Betrayal: Exploring Love's Shadow
We get an energy high in our initial time with someone but the going can get rough when we settle into life together. Most of us are deeply wounded with shame, insecurities and...
What the Icelandic Know - Gender Equality in Iceland
An American Photographer Explores Gender Equality and Sexism in one of the Most Equal Countries on Earth.
Why Patriarchy Persists (And How We Can Change It)
“Patriarchy has no gender.” ― bell hooks in Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom bell hooks’ quote is a clear reminder that patriarchy does not just describe male...
An Open Letter to My Friends Who Support Donald Trump
I'm cool with you removing me from your friends list if you don't like this post. You can even disown me if you like. But Donald Trump isn't a good person, nor would he be a...
Bernie Sanders Voted for the 1994 Tough-On-Crime Law. But It's Complicated.
Here's the full story.
"Say 'Reverse Racism' One More Time. I Dare You..."
If only there were as many people invested in the healing of the ‘racial divide’ as there were promoting it…
The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism
"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension—all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles."