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The Constant Dread of Defense

Elie Jacobs | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Elie Jacobs

For years I avoided engaging in discussions about the Israel/Arab situation -- I just didn't want to deal with it. That all changed about three-and-a-half years ago when my parents moved to Jerusalem. Now my immediate family is there and my comfort in the ability to duck the debate vanished.

Because It's Not Really About Me

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

Goodbye to feeling like I'll never be fully informed enough to form my own opinions. And, goodbye to avoiding issues that are both so pressing and so physically close to me just because they make me a little uncomfortable.

Mythbusters Scandal Grows (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 07.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Hotchkiss

I am Jon Hotchkiss... the creator of the 6-hour TV series This vs That... whose content was taken from me and used in the series Mythbusters... without my consent, in violation of my copyright and without any compensation.

Unapologetically Alpha

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

Women have been apologizing too hard, and too long. Am I too strong? (I'm sorry!) Too pretty? (I'm so sorry!) Not pretty enough? (Ditto!) Too threatening? (Oh, dear!) Too smart? (Gasp!) Too loud? (Oops!) Enough! Let's stop apologizing.

ACLU Sues! Defends Man's Right to Marry "Comput-Her"

Raymmar Tirado | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Raymmar Tirado

The ACLU has sued the state of New York over the issue of digital marriage rights, saying the decision to refuse benefits to a man trying to marry his homebuilt "comput-her" is a violation of his rights as a citizen.

Magic With Samuel L. Jackson

David Trumble | Posted 04.13.2014 | Black Voices
David Trumble

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I Traveled to Palestine-Israel and Discovered There Is No 'Palestinian-Israeli Conflict'

Ferrari Sheppard | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Ferrari Sheppard

Contrary to what's been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency.

Health: Know What, or No How

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I genuinely believe the luminous prize of vitality -- more years of life, more life in years -- is tantalizingly, almost agonizingly within reach. But until more of us can agree we do know what, there simply is no how.

We Must Question the Merit of the Melissa Harris-Perry Controversy

Kevin Beckford | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

Pardon me for being blunt, but is this controversy actually happening? Am I missing something? And most importantly, why isn't anyone questioning the fact that this is actually a controversy?

To Promote Family Planning, Let's Have More Controversy

Christopher Purdy | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Christopher Purdy

The family planning community should be willing to take some reasonable risks when it comes to acknowledging the pleasure motivation in birth control. We know that sexy advertising works to sell pretty much everything else. Why not family planning, one of the most empowering and powerful forces for good and pleasure in the world?

GMO OMG! Is a Documentary About People, Not Science

Food Politic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Food Politic

Scientific debates aside, the GMO frames the American way of eating in alarming terms: We are mechanized eaters (85 percent of our processed foods contain GMOs) dependant on mechanized farmers -- of our population -- to feed us. Do we wish this on the rest of the world?

Rap Video Sends Powerful Message About Stop And Frisk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York

Controversial New York City laws permitting the use of stop-and-frisks have ignited controversy, raising concerns over racial profiling and privacy v...

PETA: Ingrid Newkirk on Making a Kinder World

Chris Sosa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Chris Sosa

Advocacy organizations elicit controversy by their very nature. They exist to push back against prevailing public thought and eradicate avenues of oppression. No mainstream advocacy organization has managed to hit a nerve in quite the same way as PETA.

Family Lives With Ridiculous Amount Of Tigers - Yes, More Than Zero

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.02.2013 | Weird News

After Aryas Borges rescued two abused tigers from a circus in 2005, he got very close to his new pets. He started an improvised exotic animal sanctuar...

Controversy and Conversation

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Take a look at the comments section on your favorite news website. Some topics generate a lot of discussion among participants. Other topics may be ...

The French Government Bans Child Beauty Pageants and I Hope it Catches On

Deborah Cruz | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Deborah Cruz

The French Senate voted this week to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines of up to $30,000 euros for adults who try to enter children into illegal pageants or run illegal/underground pageants themselves.

Can Feminist Women Love Eminem? Absolutely

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

A close look at Eminem's work is required for understanding our present moment and the rising war on women -- because he both preceded and prophesied it.

Has Miley Cyrus Gone Too Far?

Mona Elyafi | Posted 10.27.2013 | Entertainment
Mona Elyafi

Putting things back into perspective, in the "let's give them something to talk about" gratuity and PR stunt department, Miley Cyrus is certainly not reinventing the wheel.

Major League Baseball Is Making an Error With Instant Replay

Seth Swirsky | Posted 10.19.2013 | Sports
Seth Swirsky

Part of the fun of the game is watching a manager argue with an umpire who he feels made a bad call. It's exciting to see a manager thrown out of a ball game. It's one of the things that gets fans "up" in a game. With Instant Replay it becomes a much calmer, less exciting game.

Rolling Stone Cover Is Not an Insult to Boston Bomb Victims

Richard Law | Posted 09.21.2013 | Media
Richard Law

People accuse the magazine of choosing pretty pictures of a suspected terrorist to cause controversy and shift more copies. Well, a magazine hardly chooses its images in an attempt to decrease its circulation.

The Testament Of Mary: Blasphemy Or Blessing?

Fr. Edward L. Beck | Posted 06.28.2013 | Religion
Fr. Edward L. Beck

This enraged and grieving mother Mary grabs us by the throat and demands that we listen to the story that she has been preordained to tell.

One Mother's 'Dirty War'

Jim Calio | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Jim Calio

It was not unusual in those days for the children of the "disappeared" to be taken by members of the junta and passed off as their own. It was theft of human beings, and it was grotesque.

'Laughing Up My Sleeve At Liberals'

ARTINFO | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

When The Stranger's Jen Graves printed a piece outlining Seattle-based artist Charles Krafft's ideas about white nationalism, exposing that the swasti...

Kara Walker Addresses Art and Controversy at the Newark Public Library

Jessica Kramer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Jessica Kramer

Kara Walker is no stranger to controversy. On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the African-American visual artist addressed a room of more than 100 people in New Jersey's Newark Public Library to talk about her work and its most recent firestorm.

Funny or Not, The Onion's Quvenzhané Wallis Tweet Was Effective Satire That Reflected Back at Us

Scott Mendelson | Posted 04.29.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The Onion arguably took the fall for our national misogyny. Maybe they really are the satire we need, rather than the kind we think want.