It was an outrageous—and ultimately false—story of 20 teens in a small high school in Texas having chlamydia that finally got media outlets to discuss whether kids need medically accurate information.
There are ways in which we can support survivors of trafficking and address the systemic challenges that those vulnerable to it face. None of those tactics require a camera crew and a viewing audience.
When cases of parents killing or abusing disabled children hit the media, it’s common to see these parents treated sympathetically. Reports typically discuss how they were “pushed to the breaking point” or “under too much stress,” dehumanizing the victims or seeming to forget them altogether.
For many teenage mothers, May can be a challenging month to navigate.
The New York Times op-ed section gave space to Sofia Vergara’s ex so he could demand she turn some frozen embryos over to him. There’s a way to have this debate without allowing toxic people to attempt to control and shame their exes in public.
Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.
Too often, news stories about people in prison or jail use dehumanizing language to describe those under government control. The term “inmate” is the most pervasive of these words; it is widely used by judges, prison and jail officials and staff, and the media.
Anti-choicers have mastered the art of minimizing the impact of abortion laws to trick the public into shrugging them off. By using this method, they are poised to restrict second-trimester abortion access in many states without a major fuss.
In addition to bringing to light stories of harassment, Crosshairs also calls for reforms in the legal system, making it an absolute must-read for anyone in media and reproductive rights advocacy.
Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.