How Not to Talk About MLK on This Historic Day (Or Ever, Really)

Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Dr. King was a lion among men, one of the most visible civil rights leaders of his time (maybe of all time), his rhetoric was soaring and accessible and inclusive. So, on occasions such as these, it's tempting to wonder what he might… » 8/28/13 2:05pm 8/28/13 2:05pm

The Tough Road Ahead for Chelsea Manning

This morning, Army private Bradley Manning formally announced that she would be living the rest of her life as a woman named Chelsea, and would like to be referred to using female pronouns. This is an incredibly brave first step for anyone, but particularly for Manning, who is about to be sent to prison for the next 35 … » 8/22/13 5:00pm 8/22/13 5:00pm

Great News for Ladies Who Like Sex: 'Sexual Peaks' Are Nonsense

Like all Ladies of a Certain Age, I've been inundated with the message that female sexuality and desire meet their inevitable deaths sometime around 35. (I'm 31.) Not only that, but my dang uterus is probably going to dry up around the same time, denying me the opportunity to conceive and birth a tiny, monstrous poop… » 8/15/13 2:20pm 8/15/13 2:20pm

Forty Percent of White Americans Are Lying About Their 'Black Friend'

Even though America is soundly post-racial and racism is over because Barack Obama and Cheerios, it turns out that many white Americans still don't have any non-white friends. I find this odd, considering that white Americans typically cite their "black friend" as evidence of their inability to harbor racist beliefs. You … » 8/08/13 3:00pm 8/08/13 3:00pm

Made-Up Dick Diseases Keeping Us From Figuring Out Male Birth Control

Like a lot of unchaste women, I take birth control every day. I do this because, as an underemployed person, I am not interested in housing a baby Meags in my Meags-parts. It sure would make my life easier if my man-friend-for-life had to shoulder some of the burden in this scenario. But, as is painfully obvious to… » 8/07/13 5:10pm 8/07/13 5:10pm

FYI: Terrorists Can Be Hot and Black Men Can Be Innocent

This week, Rolling Stone made everyone very mad by putting a picture of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of the magazine. Rolling Stone was accused of "glamorizing" terror by using a photo of Tsarnaev that made him look like a "rock star." Boston Mayor Tom Menino said the cover "rewards a… » 7/19/13 1:20pm 7/19/13 1:20pm

Another alternative is providing detainees access to the due process rights that are guaranteed to all other incarcerated individuals in the United States of America. Some, if not all, of the hunger-striking detainees are protesting their indefinite detention. At this point, many Gitmo detainees have not been charged.… » 7/08/13 12:55pm 7/08/13 12:55pm

Tulsa's Olympics Bid Involves Shitty Trail of Tears Gimmick

If you’re like me, you have a dormant streak of patriotism that comes alive once but every four years—on the occasion of the great Summer Olympic games (lol Winter Olympics, naw dude). I become a seething jingoistic nightmare, screaming unpleasantries at the Argentinian table tennis team as my USA track jacket flaps in … » 7/02/13 6:30pm 7/02/13 6:30pm

What the DOMA Decision Does and Doesn't Mean for Gay Marriage

As you have perhaps heard, Supreme Court has done something about gay marriage! This is a big deal, because for some reason a vocal group of heterosexuals have prevented gay people from getting married, even though us straights aren’t even using the dang institution for anything! Rude! After a rough week of… » 6/27/13 11:25am 6/27/13 11:25am

Clarence Thomas Is the Absolute Worst. Here's Why.

Everyone knows Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the best Supreme Court justice, but which one is King Shit of Poop Mountain? The competition is pretty fierce. We all know Justice Alito is a dick (don’t nobody step to RBG on my watch, dog). Scalia is an immortal, squealing pig-demon who feels naught but agony. Chief Justice… » 6/25/13 4:45pm 6/25/13 4:45pm

SCOTUS Issues Ruling On Affirmative Action, and It's A Little Weird

This morning, the Supreme Court finally delivered its opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas—the affirmative action case the Court has been marinating on since October. And the decision was…anti-climactic. » 6/24/13 5:00pm 6/24/13 5:00pm

No, I don't think you're wrong. My understanding of the majority opinion is that agencies can't take government money and then use it to promote a viewpoint antithetical to the government's stated policy goals. But, the agencies can now remain neutral on those points—that's what the NGOs were fighting for here. None of … » 6/22/13 10:46am 6/22/13 10:46am