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What would be on our dream feminist school syllabus?

“I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” No, those aren’t the immortal words of our Secretary of State for Education, or unlikelier still, our Prime Minister, but American pop sensation and philosophiser Whitney Houston. She’s got a pretty solid point. …

The discomfiting truth about white feminism: Meryl Streep, Amy Poehler & the movement’s long history of racial insensitivity

If true gender equality is the goal, then it’s time for white feminists to reckon with their ongoing mistakes<p>After a very unfortunate joke about pedophilia and Blue Ivy Carter in the opening show of a new series produced by Amy Poehler, I waited for white feminists to speak up. I waited for my …

Feminism
Apple Store

Martin Luther King Jr. Can't Share His Opinion of Black Lives Matter

I understand people like presidential candidate Governor Mike Huckabee who object to the use of the phrase "Black Lives Matter." I am a straight white U.S. American male. I grew up an upper middle-class family, child of a male who had a professional career outside of the home and a female who had a …

Race & Ethnicity

Choosing to Be Black Is the Epitome of White Privilege

“Are you African-American?” For Rachel Dolezal, the question seemed almost rhetorical. The now embattled former president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP, dodged answering when asked the four words by a reporter last week.<p>“It’s a little more complex,” Dolezal said, by which she …

Howard University

12 Marvel comics series every fan should read

With the hundreds of millions of dollars being pumped into comic book-inspired movies, television, and toy commercials (sometimes they are one and the same), it's easy to feel either exasperated or fascinated by it all. In the midst of all this noise, one name stands taller than the rest in the …

Comics

On the Abuse of 'Bro'

The most important word of our time for now<p><i>Published in the September 2014 issue</i><p><b>The use of the word</b> <i>bro</i> is reaching epidemic levels. Now, after <i>The Fast and the Furious</i> and <i>How I Met Your Mother</i> and <i>Breaking Bad,</i> if a show contains more than one male character, they will, at some point, call each other …

Broad City

10 of the coolest display fonts for titles and posters

I don’t know if my opinion on the topic is widely accepted, but I get the feeling that titling and display fonts are the ones that really gained in …

"Mad Max" Is A Feminist Playbook For Surviving Dystopia

What might happen if women's rights evaporate has been examined in nightmare detail. Mad Max: Fury Road offers a solution.<p>If you're going to bring feminist propaganda to the masses, there are worse ways than in a giant exploding truck covered with knives. In case you haven’t seen <i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i> …

Neil deGrasse Tyson gets democracy all wrong: We don’t deserve the one we get — we get the one elites give us

The “Cosmos” host blames the American electorate for our failed policies. If only it were that simple<p>Recently at a graduation ceremony for seniors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the typically brilliant scientist and public commentator Neil deGrasse Tyson delivered a not-so-smart …

Political Science

"Femojis" Are the Feminist Emojis We've Been Waiting For

Because sending a Lena Dunham or a Taylor Swift says it all.<p>When it comes to gender stereotyping, it's safe to say that "emojis" are *probably* not at the top of any feminist's list of priorities. Still, it's impossible to deny that these little emoticons are an integral part of how we communicate …

The future of languages is bleak: most are doomed to extinction

TODAY’S 6,000 LANGUAGES MIGHT SOON BE REPLACED BY 600.<p>While 78 percent of people speak the 85 most dominant languages in the world, only 12 percent …

Errol Morris: How Typography Shapes Our Perception Of Truth

The acclaimed filmmaker of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War reveals why he now types all his manuscripts in Baskerville.<p>In 2013, acclaimed filmmaker and author Errol Morris ran a bold experiment. With the collusion of the <i>New York Times</i>, he asked 45,000 readers to take an online test. The test …

Typography

Public photos mined to create beautiful time-lapses

In many ways, the internet is simply an extremely badly coordinated attempt to document our planet. Hundreds of millions of photos are uploaded online every day, depicting ourselves, our cities, our landscape, and our food. However, they're also isolated and disparate: it's difficult to sieve …

University of Washington

Headline Numbers: How do you measure inequality?

<b>Last week I wrote about a measure of inequality that had received much coverage in the US.</b><p>Research from the Institute for Policy Studies found that in 2014, bonuses paid to Wall Street employees had been double the total annual pay earned by all Americans who worked full-time at the federal minimum …

Income Inequality
Labor Economics

Feminists don't care if you like hot pink, eat salads or shave your crotch

There is no grand feminist overlord policing women’s personal choices. But if you need to declare yourself a “hot feminist”, you might be stuck in the past<p>Women around the world will be treated to such an extraordinary feat of feminism in 2016 that they’ll scarcely know what to do with it. No, I’m …

Feminism

What Urban Design Can Actually Do to Address Police Violence

Leaders in the field discuss what design can—and can’t—accomplish in the service of communities like Baltimore and Ferguson.<p>Last year, the city of Lakewood, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, paid $507,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by the owners of an apartment complex that hosted a church-operated …

University of Washington

Feminist Enemy Number One

Lately, there’s a lot of talk among feminists about the need to keep women safe. The rape culture is allegedly inescapable, and trigger warnings are …

Feminism

Is There A Difference Between Liberal And Conservative Typography?

Are liberals sans-serifs and conservatives serifs? It’s not quite that simple anymore.<p>The fonts are called Bulo and Trola. Both mean “hoax” in Spanish. And they were created by the type foundry Tipografies back in 2013 as one core typeface split into serif (ornamental) and sans serif (streamlined) …

Typography

A whole new world of campaign tech

In the online video Hillary Rodham Clinton used to launch her first presidential campaign back in 2007, she was perched on a couch describing her …