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Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival: NO Ism Schism!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

No Sexism. No Racism. No Ableism. No Ageism. No Homophobia. No Fatphobia. No Transphobia. No Hatefulness. Basically, no divide among people caused by ANY prejudice beliefs!

My Shame As a Teenage Sped

Max Baumbach | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
Max Baumbach

Before I graduated from my special ed high school, the administration offered me a choice: I could receive a diploma with the name of my actual school, or a discrete diploma from a non-descript public school in the area.

I Have ADHD: My 'Study Drug' Problem Isn't the Same As Yours

Max Baumbach | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Max Baumbach

I don't pretend to speak for everyone with the diagnosis. There are people who can skip days, others who forego medication altogether. I am not one of these people.

Attention Hipsters: OCD Is Not a Joke

Maru Gonzalez | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Maru Gonzalez

As someone whose life was once consumed by OCD, I cringe every time I see such quizzes because they relegate my experience -- and those of others with OCD -- to nothing more than an idiosyncrasy, a quirk, something that warrants laughter and ridicule.

Feminism Is a Popularity Contest That I'm Losing

Erin McKelle | Posted 04.09.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

No, I don't live in New York; I'm not competing for press; I'm not trying to be the most liked or endorsed. Sure, I still have moments of frustration, but I'm focused on me. And I can honestly say I've never felt more comfortable in my skin.

What We've Lost Since Ethan Saylor's Death

Mardra Sikora | Posted 03.23.2015 | Crime
Mardra Sikora

During these last two years, #JusticeForEthan has evolved from the demand for answers regarding one man's death to the rallying cry focused on the need for change. Despite all that has been lost -- and it is far too much -- there is now a spotlight on where changes need to come.

Duke Student Athletes Speak Out on the Power of Language

Daniel Kort | Posted 03.11.2015 | College
Daniel Kort

I am proud of my peers for leading by example in challenging marginalizing language and bias both on and off the field, building safer and more inclusive communities, and validating the identities and experiences of people of all backgrounds.

The Impact of I.D.E.A. for Students With Disabilities and Education Equality: 40 Years Later

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Since 1975, I.D.E.A. was created to provide individuals with any learning, mental and/or physical disabilities equal access to education, protection under the law from harassment and discrimination, and self-sufficiency skills for independence in their post-educational lives.

All the Feels on Wheels: How Internalized Ableism Has Influenced My Relationship Endeavors

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 12.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Internalized ableism is something that has drastically affected how I have viewed my relationship potential, and I felt it necessary to talk about it so that people understand it a little better, and so that any persons with a disability who have experienced it will not feel so alone.

My Son's Disability Doesn't Make Me A 'Special Kind Of Person'

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Believe me, I am not diminishing my work as a mother. I am not pretending that my son is just like everyone else. But when we glorify his friends, or his mother, or his one-day prom date, we imply that he is less-than.

Kim Bellware

12 Images That Remind Everyone Women Are The Bosses Of Their Bodies | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.10.2014 | Women

Women around the world represent a rich mosaic of experiences and expressions, but the one belief that unifies the sisterhood: Don't you dare tell a w...

Here's What I Don't Need To See On Reality TV

Kamrin Baker | Posted 09.08.2014 | Teen
Kamrin Baker

There are many forms of prejudice, and it is no secret that our so beloved, widely-consumed media is filled with it. However, I'm not here to ignore it.

The Freedom of My Ride

Liz Jackson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Jackson

And that look on your face when I ride in on my bike and hobble off on my cane? I see it. And inside, I'm filled with delight. Nothing thrills me more than when I cause you to question your perceptions of disability.

Doing Social Justice: 10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language

Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg

Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives. You see something wrong? Compare it to a disabled body or mind. These words seem so "natural" to people that they go uncorrected a great deal of the time.

Why I'm Petitioning My Favorite Company

Liz Jackson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Style
Liz Jackson

It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But J. Crew, I want to change you. I love you most, so it's only you I'm asking. I ...

Anti-Gentrification? Build Community

Yvahn Martin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.


Jess Wilson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Jess Wilson

I'm not encouraging my children to ignore difference or to pretend they don't see it. Instead, I'm praying that they will.

I Am Disabled And I Am Valuable

Bridget Allen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Bridget Allen

I am autistic, and being the autistic I am means I am real-world, social-model- disabled. I do not work because I cannot. There are a dozen hypothetical 'what if...' or 'should be...' scenarios in which I could hold down a job, but that is not my reality.

The History of the United States -- So Far

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stephanie Mott

There are a lot of other moments in U.S. history (immigration, sexism, ableism, classism, etc.) that I could have added to this history, but there was not enough room to include all the things that have happened (and are happening) in this country because someone believes God says so.

Reigniting The Disabilities Rights Movement

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.24.2012 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The term disability does not mean inability. People living with disabilities are fighting an insurmountable battle to etch a place for themselves, within a society that perceives them as inferior.

Pink's New Video Goes a 'Little' Too Far

Shelby Knox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shelby Knox

Imagine if instead of being a Little Person, the mercilessly mocked character Hart plays in Pink's latest video was in blackface or yellowface. Still adorable and funny? Not so much.

Blueprint for a Majority Third Party

Robert Fuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Fuller

So long as the middle of our political spectrum is depopulated, liberals and conservative are at loggerheads. The answer to the impotence of the old parties is a new party -- the Dignity Party.

What is Rankism and Why Do We "Do" It?

Robert Fuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Fuller

Rankism is an assertion of superiority. It typically takes the form of putting others down. It's what "Somebodies" do to "nobodies." It turns out that rankism is the source of most man-made suffering.

Somebodies and Nobodies: Understanding Rankism

Robert Fuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Fuller

Whether directed at an individual or a group, rankism aims to put targets in their place and keep them weak so they will do as they're told and submit to being taken advantage of.