It’s irresponsible to point to a character with a large chest or a perky butt as a problem, because that implies women are responsible for the patriarchal notion that makes these things problematic. But we do need to move away from stereotypes altogether to create characters that do not fit into the same tired box.
TLC defended its special, saying that the views it depicts are strictly those of the participants. What the network didn’t say was that many of the show’s participants are affiliated with organizations tied to the discredited “ex-gay” movement.
It is important to critically consider how immigrants are discussed in comment sections, as this has implications for their acceptance, health, and well-being.
Twice this week, conservatives have tried to draw false equivalences between slut-shaming and discouraging behavior that causes actual harm. Here’s why slut-shaming is wrong, but asking for corporate transparency or public transit etiquette is not.
Nicki Minaj told a nuanced story about her high school abortion, but most of the headlines suggested that she is, or should be, ashamed of the experience. Sadly, this is what happens all too often when women try to tell complex abortion stories in the public sphere.
Just months after Texas Monthly lauded Davis as a potentially serious political threat, the magazine flung her into a cow pasture in an act of pure, derisive mockery—all for the crime of running for office and losing.
Yet the Entertainment Software Rating Board, responsible for rating all games in the United States and Canada, has only given a content warning for “sexual violence” twice in more than a decade.
Recently, a barrage of ethical and journalistic questions were directed at Rolling Stone after it issued a correction to Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s November report on a sexual assault claim at the University of Virginia campus. MSNBC’s Irin Carmon is joined by Katie Baker, a reporter at BuzzFeed, Lauren Wolfe, director of the Women Under Siege project, and Salamishah Tillet, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a survivor advocate, to discuss the issues in that case and also how journalists and the media alike can do better when reporting on sexual assault.
About 9 percent of teenagers identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning; as many as six million Americans have an LGBT-identified parent. Yet when I reached out for recommendations on more diverse sex ed books aimed at adolescents, there were few options to be found.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I speak to Andreea Nica about why she left the purity movement. I also discuss the University of Virginia rape story and the incident in which a congressional staffer judged Sasha and Malia Obama.