Lulu Stracher

35 Flips | 1 Magazine | 145 Likes | 5 Following | 9 Followers | @lulustracher | Keep up with Lulu Stracher on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Lulu Stracher”

What Hillary Clinton gets that Bernie Sanders doesn’t: Identity politics

A patriarchal ploy to keep women divided, women have been harangued for “voting with their vagina” for months. Such crude critiques are designed to undermine female political agency—specifically their support for other women.<p>And yet, feminism as an ideology espouses gender equality, which is …

Middle-class

Inequality Isn't Just About Money. It's Also About Sexism and Racism.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have talked a lot about inequality, but they're both largely speaking to white men.<p>This election season, "inequality" is the word. It's got young people flocking to hear Bernie Sanders promise free college and breaking up the big banks, and disaffected older people …

Why Killer Mike's Speech for Bernie Sanders Was So Disappointing

The speech was reductive and dismissive of women who support Hillary Clinton.<p>Rapper Killer Mike, who is currently touring historically black colleges with the Bernie Sanders campaign, is on the defense after making a controversial and sexist remark about Hillary Clinton at a recent Sanders …

I am a white person against Trump: White people need to stop laughing and start taking responsibility

Trump provided me lots of entertainment. Only now do I realize his racism isn’t funny, and that I need to own it<p>I’ll admit it, when I found out Donald Trump was running for president, I laughed heartily and unconcernedly. For a solid two months, actually. I woke up laughing, I had my coffee …

Yes, Shooting Up an Abortion Clinic Is Domestic Terrorism

Here's why.<p>After a young white man shot up a black church in Charleston in a deliberate, murderous rampage this past June, killing nine, the media shied away from that term, labeling it instead a "hate crime" and emphasizing the shooter's mental state.<p>After a middle-aged white man shot up a Planned …

As an Independent Voter and Former GOP Activist, Hillary Has Won Me Over

For most of my career in politics, I was the ultimate Republican team player, always falling in line to support the team's candidate. In 2012, I was the most prominent openly gay advocate for Mitt Romney. Then in 2014, I left the Republican Party and declared my political independence. Like most …

The Republican Party is now America’s largest hate group

<b>Donald Trump (AP/Paul Vernon)</b><p>Led by Donald Trump, the GOP has abandoned its traditional dogwhistles in favor of a more overt approach to racism<p>Daniel Denvir<p>November 27, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>The Republican Party has put down the dogwhistle and picked up a megaphone.<p>After two Bostonians allegedly beat up …

Peace among the Hillary-bots and Bernie-bros: This Thanksgiving, it’s not your right-wing Trump-loving uncle you have to worry about…

Forget right-wing relatives. The real Thanksgiving fight to avoid this year is the Sanders vs. Clinton battle<p>It's Thanksgiving, which means turkey, being deluged with department store sales pitches, and service articles for liberals on how to get along with your right-wing relatives.<p>Those who are …

After I Had An Abortion, I Developed an Obsessive, Irrational Fear of Getting Pregnant

When I was 20 years old, the granddaddy of all my lady-fears came true: I accidentally got pregnant.<p>I had just started going out with my college boyfriend, and we were young and dumb and entirely unconcerned with the nebulous concepts that came along with grown-up life, like responsibility and …

Just admit Hillary won! The silly sexism of the Fox News/lefty smartypants crowd

“A man among boys?” This is the dumb commentary that happens when a woman is twice as good as the men on stage<p>By all reasonable measures, Tuesday night's debate was a triumph for both Hillary Clinton and the Democrats generally. Early signs show that it was the highest-rated Democratic debate ever, …

New Abortion Laws Make Obtaining Safe, Affordable Procedures Increasingly Difficult for Women

A new study paints an unsettling picture of reproductive care in America.<p>As the Supreme Court decides whether to hear arguments regarding Texas’ HB 2 abortion omnibus bill, a new report has just been released that shows just how harmful that law may be.<p>RELATED: What I Learned Working the Front Desk …

10 Ways Right-Wing Christians Are Destroying Christianity

I've written about how millennials are leaving organized religion and its associated anti-LGBT animus in droves. As a result, the only religions holding on to membership (barely) are ones with super-high birth rates and very conservative views. In the process, conservative faiths are becoming …

The GOP’s campaign to wreck mothers’ lives: Why its anti-abortion crusade goes way farther than Planned Parenthood

Women are jailed for miscarrying pregnancies or simply going to the doctor because of policies the GOP enacted<p>During another in a long series of attacks against access to safe, affordable reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards came before GOP lawmakers on the House …

America Has a Rape Problem – and Kate Harding Wants to Fix It

In an author's note at the beginning of <i>Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture – and What We Can Do About It</i>, Kate Harding acknowledges that …

Fertility clinics destroy embryos all the time. Why aren't conservatives after them?

Last month, my husband and I signed forms donating an embryo we had conceived to medical research. Meanwhile, conservative Republicans are vowing to defund Planned Parenthood for allowing women who have abortions to make the same choice.<p>My husband and I used in vitro fertilization to conceive both …

Know your history: Understanding racism in the US | Black History

There will never be an acceptable explanation for what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in Ferguson but we will never fully grasp <i>why</i> the stage was set for such an encounter unless we know American history.<p>We cannot fully comprehend why Dylan Roof murdered nine parishioners at …

The GOP’s contempt for women

During the Republican primary in 2012, one of Mitt Romney’s most damaging gaffes was saying that he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood. If only that were the Republican Party’s biggest problem with women today.<p>Leading in the early polls, billionaire blowhard Donald Trump ignited a firestorm of …

Thank You, Donald Trump, for Starting a Needed Conversation About Sexism

A few years ago, I wrote an open letter to my then-3-year-old daughter, apologizing for all the years I had spent oblivious to society’s subtle (but …

Dear White America: I know it’s hard, but you have to acknowledge what’s happening in this country

<b>(Reuters/Rick Wilking)</b><p>One year after Michael Brown was killed, we’re finally talking about privilege. But we need to do even more<p>Pia Glenn<p>August 11, 2015 9:59am (UTC)<p>As we mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of young Mike Brown and the uprisings it sparked in Ferguson, much-needed …

Sorry, Race Baiters: See Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ Isn’t Just About Black People

It’s a phrase that has long been applied to anyone who points out racism and institutionalized racial inequality in the United States—whether it’s a …

Black Lives Matter

Where Hillary Clinton Stands on All of the Big Issues for Women

Her beliefs on access to birth control, maternity leave, and more<p><i>In April, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that she was running for president for the second time (she first ran in 2008). If elected, she'd be the first female president of the United States (and it's way past time a woman was in</i> …

Women Who've Had Abortions Talk Planned Parenthood Video

Once again, Planned Parenthood has been targeted by an anti-choice group. This time their attackers are using undercover stinglike (and heavily edited) videos to show what happens after an abortion as staffers make business decisions about how the tissue samples are collected, stored, delivered to …

How Excusing Tyga And Kylie Jenner's Relationship Validates The Sexualization of Young Girls

No matter how mature a 17-year-old is, she's still 17.<p>In a Complex interview released July 27, Khloe Kardashian came to the defense of her 17-year-old sister Kylie Jenner's relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga, after being asked whether criticisms of the couple's age difference are fair. Her …

You can now lead a Boy Scout troop if you’re gay. Here are 7 things you still can’t do.

Openly gay Americans can now legally marry, serve in the military (as long as you're not transgender) and, as of Monday, lead a Boy Scout troop.<p>So what can't they do? In fact, there are still several things gay Americans can't do that straight Americans might take for granted.<p>We did some research …

The 7 biggest myths about abortion

Abortion foes are targeting women from all sides, spreading lies. Let’s clear up a few of the more popular untruths<p>The ink is barely dry on the bill Scott Walker signed outlawing abortion for Wisconsin women, including victims of rape and incest, after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In Georgia, Rep. Earl …

This is How You Turn a Watermelon Into a Giant Cocktail

So you can focus on the grill, not mixing drinks.<p>As if the Internet needed one more clever way to refashion a watermelon: We've turned the sweet summer melon into a keg, one massive Jell-O shot, shot glasses, and now a JUG (can't stop, won't stop). This idea came to me from the Italian food site …

6 Things White Feminists Can Do In Response To Sandra Bland And Police Brutality Against Women Of Color

Dear fellow white feminists,<p>We need to talk about Sandra Bland.<p>More specifically, we need to talk about why we <i>aren't</i> talking about Sandra Bland.<p>Bland was a 28-year-old black woman who died in a Texas county jail after she was arrested during a traffic stop for allegedly failing to signal a lane …

The White Anti-Racism Tone Police: White Supremacy vs. White Privilege

I often run into white people on social media who complain my style is too confrontational, and subsequently I'll scare good-intentioned white people away from considering their role in our system of white supremacy and joining the ranks of those who fight against it. Indeed, those two words are a …