A Political and Literary Forum
Unlike gender inequality, racial inequality primarily accumulates across generations. Transracial identification undermines collective reckoning with that injustice.
Robin Dembroff, Dee Payton
On Ashura, Shi’a Muslims grieve the Prophet’s grandson. But with Iran crippled by COVID-19 and U.S. sanctions, it was also an occasion this year to mourn the country’s deaths from disease and despair.
This year Virginia became the crucial thirty-eighth state to ratify the ERA. Renewed efforts to quash it stand to wipe out a hundred years of women’s work as constitution-makers.
Julie C. Suk
Lucia Moholy helped create the visual language of the Bauhaus, but when she fled the Nazis her work was stolen by Walter Gropius.
Some gender equality initiatives help to reinforce exclusion rather than dismantle it.
Marie E. Berry, Milli Lake
Current contempt for age gap relationships serves to strip both men and women of their agency.
The Supreme Court’s recent ruling is only the latest twist in the convoluted legal history of women’s reproductive rights. The future looks no less partisan.
A new memoir by long-time Vogue editor André Leon Talley paints a grim picture of a fashion industry in which people of color have few opportunities beyond serving the ambitions of white designers, editors, and executives.
Alexis L. Boylan
Cancel culture can go wrong, but that doesn't mean the objections of far-right trolls and social justice activists should be mistaken for having equal worth.
A new book decries moral panics over sexual danger. But in thinking about the MeToo movement, we should not conflate real abuse with mere scandal.
Instead of deterring sexual violence, criminalization has empowered policing and punishment. To prevent both sexual and state-inflicted abuse, we must embrace restorative justice.
Judith Levine, Erica R. Meiners
If women’s suffrage was the battle of the twentieth century, women’s representation will be the battle of the twenty-first.
Jennifer M. Piscopo
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William Callison, Quinn Slobodian
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