What Does it Mean to Break Silence?

Read the original article at Feministing. After the Trump — and the Cosby — and the Weinstein — and the Toback — revelations, we heard the same question asked over and over again: How can everyone know that sexual harassment and assault are happening, and still not admit that it is happening? Why are sexual assault and harassment so often “open secrets”?  When we say that rape culture is a…

Neoliberal Academia Shows its Ass: Harvard Rejects Manning, Jones, Unions

Read the original article at Feministing Harvard’s been sucking this week, and this suckage provides an important reminder of why corporate higher education, for all its rhetoric about “innovation,” actually acts as a barrier to radical social change. First order of suckage: Recently, despite the fact that the History Department had initially accepted her and…

Broad City’s Amorphous Partiality

Read the original article at The Advocate. Adrienne Rich was not writing in an age when women could video chat each other while riding their male partners cowgirl-style. But when she wrote about existence as a spectrum of decentralized pleasure—about the hands and the clit and the cunt, about the wrists and the toes rather…

Why are There so Many LGBT Youth in Prison?

Read the full original article at attn: For the thousands of LGBT youth in the American juvenile justice system, bullying is just the beginning. That’s because, while lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming (GNC) youth makeup five to seven percent of young people in America, they are 15 percent of young people in the juvenile justice…

Prison Justice is an LGBT Rights Issue

Read the full article at attn: For the millions of LGBT people incarcerated each year, the sentence is only the beginning. Oftentimes, what happens behind bars is worse than what the state mandates. Five percent of LGBT people in America have been incarcerated in the past five years. That rate is almost double the 2.7 percent incarceration…

The Nation in Our Underwear

A piece in Nat Brut on the work of Azita Moradkhani “It started the first time I walked into Victoria’s Secret.” Azita Moradkhani, an artist who has lived most of her life in Tehran, begins our phone conversation by excusing her English. She just learned it, she tells me, a few years ago to move to…

Fucking with Feministing: Squirt-O-Rama, Redux

Check out the original article on Feministing. Welcome to Fucking with Feministing, Feministing’s column about all things fucking and fucking-adjacent. Got a question about dildos? We’re on it. Want to explore fun, sexy sex outside of the realm of p-and-v intercourse? All over it, baby. Or maybe you’ve got a totally different question, which you can send…

Seeking Sunny Leone: Academic Writing on Indian Erotica

Read the full piece at Critical Collective, a global India-based web journal of fine arts.  One sweltering Delhi May, hot on the research trail of visual and cinematic erotica, I wandered through the back lanes and offices of the B-film marketers of Chandni Chowk. A family friend—we’ll call him Deepak Uncle— had agreed to show…

A Class War in India’s Capital and the Global Movement for Domestic Workers

Originally published at Feministing In Noida, India, a sprawling suburb on the outskirts of Delhi, expensive apartment buildings tower over shantytowns. Each day, migrant workers – mostly women – rise from these informal communities to commute to their jobs as domestic workers in nearby luxury apartment complexes. Like most urban spaces, it’s a scene of blatant,…

Fucking with Feministing: No Hard-On? No Problem!

Originally published at Feministing. My question is: What are some ways to have great male to female sex without penetration/ with a male who suffers from erectile dysfunction (ED)? My boyfriend was recently diagnosed with ED and its been really tough – that fucking patriarchal pressure for men to be ridiculous ultra-virile sex machines is…