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The Gift of a Brat

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 01.02.2017 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

The unrelenting power of the "Southern Strategy" is arguably the single biggest impediment to America's survival as a democracy. The ability to push f...

A Guide for Voting at (the Beginning of) the End of the World

John Halstead | Posted 10.26.2016 | Politics
John Halstead

("The Extinction Election" by Doug Minkler) This has been a rough campaign season for progressives. First Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic nominat...

White Girl Writes About Race

Colleen Sargeant James | Posted 10.13.2016 | Women
Colleen Sargeant James

Since returning home at the end of 2015, I am finding myself far more sensitive to it than before. With white privilege being thrown right in my face, what kind of person would I be if I chose to come home and ignore it?

The Privilege of Voting

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Sharon Salzberg

This election cycle has struck many of us as particularly intense--from public interactions between the candidates and their party officials, to the m...

Singer-Songwriter Anna Ash Talks Indie Music's Privilege Problem

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.16.2016 | Arts

You’re on a road trip, stopped for the evening in some small town you can’t quite remember the name of. After walking for what feels like hours th...

Trans Men Open Up About Their Experiences With Male Privilege

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.13.2016 | Queer Voices

Trans men occupy a unique space in their identity: many (thought not all) people who live as trans men have experienced the privileges of being read a...

For White People Who Believe Colorblindness Is Enough

Harry Lewis | Posted 07.11.2016 | College
Harry Lewis

The past few week has felt like America is at war with itself. Every morning I woke up to a new hashtag, a new Black American killed by police. Over a...

The Word "Cisgender": An Unlikely Semantic Revolutionary

Anastasia Walker | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Anastasia Walker

A short while back, I was sent a link to a story about an old mutual acquaintance on a UK website. An hour later, a second link appeared in my inbox:...

Will Donald Trump Defy Mythology?

Frederic Colier | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Frederic Colier

Donald Trump sets a high mark here. He never talks about his mother, never mentions her in his speeches. In fact, Mrs. Trump senior seems shrouded in secrecy.

Not All Of Us Are Born Into Privilege, But We Can Acquire It

Colleen Sargeant James | Posted 05.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Colleen Sargeant James

This girl, who is the same age as me, who I grew up with, went one way in life, and I went another. In theory, the odds should have been stacked against me.

This Video Breaks Down Why Latinx Should Check Their Privilege

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 05.13.2016 | Latino Voices

If you have any doubts about whether you can be both Latinx and privileged, Kat Lazo wants to have a word with you. In a video posted Thursday, the Y...

This Is What White Millennials Have To Say About Being White

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.20.2016 | Black Voices

Filmmaker Whitney Dow doesn’t think many white people reflect on what it actually means to be a white person in America today. Through his web ser...

It's Not Enough to Recognize Your Privilege, You've Got to Use it

Brittany King | Posted 04.08.2017 | Women
Brittany King

I know it's hard, but we have to speak up, we have to ignore the trolls, we have to develop tough skin. It's not easy, but it's so important because our silence isn't helping anyone.

Why Does Happiness Inequality Matter?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 04.07.2017 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

What is happiness inequality? It's the psychological parallel to income inequality: How much individuals in a society differ in their self-reported happiness levels -- or subjective well-being, as happiness is sometimes called by researchers.

What Happens When Sorority Racism Goes Unrecognized and Unchecked

Jared Karol | Posted 03.08.2017 | Politics
Jared Karol

What can be done to help our society move away from sorority racism? There are no quick fixes, but we can start by validating everyone's individual experience as true and authentic, even if -- especially if -- we don't understand it or can't recognize it.

Stop Pretending Everyone Can Travel

Oneika Raymond | Posted 02.24.2017 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

By now, you probably know that I detest travel snobbery with every fibre of my being. However, I wanted to discuss something else that raises my ire: ...

Why Your Criticism of Politics on Facebook May Mean You're Part of the Problem

Derek Penwell | Posted 02.25.2017 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Regardless of whether or not social media advocacy is effective in changing people's minds, what I find interesting about the casual dismissal of online political activism is who's most prone to doing the dismissing. Have you ever noticed what kinds of people are the most contemptuous of politics on Facebook?

Dear 'Outside Magazine': It's A Good Thing More People Are Hiking

Sarah O'Malley | Posted 01.11.2017 | Media
Sarah O'Malley

If some one read or saw Wild and got inspired to outfit themselves and take to a trail that is a good thing. That is one more person exploring the benefits of an enhanced relationship with the natural world. Does it really matter what inspired them to do it?

5 Ways to Become a Better Leader in 2016

Brian de Haaff | Posted 01.08.2017 | Business
Brian de Haaff

We can strive to do better. After all, leadership is an art. Like other disciplines, it takes determination, practice,refinement, and continual improvement.

Are Feminism and the Transgender Movement At Odds?

Isaac Fornarola | Posted 01.08.2017 | Queer Voices
Isaac Fornarola

As long as we overlook the differences between patriarchy and masculinity and continue to conflate the two, we will struggle to be sufficient allies to transgender men.

When Your Partner Is Privileged

Dominique Matti | Posted 12.09.2016 | Black Voices
Dominique Matti

Everybody wants to feel seen by the person they navigate life with, and that demands that they see your struggle, too. They'll never see it lucidly, though, because they'll never be in your human suit. But it's their responsibility to try to get as close as they can, and to be on your side whether they understand it or not.

Equality Is Not Special Privilege -- Here's The Difference

Ali Owens | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Ali Owens

Simply put, oppressed groups that fight for social change aren't looking for a role-reversal; they're just looking for equal treatment. It's as easy as that.

What I Learned About Privilege The Night I First Passed

The Establishment | Posted 11.09.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

The night of my "passing," I realized I'd achieved in six months what some never achieve their entire lives. And in that moment, I recognized that I had a very specific type of privilege; a type that carries with it painful implications.

Are Horrific Viral Videos of Police Violence Wearing Us Out?

Vernā Myers | Posted 11.06.2016 | Black Voices
Vernā Myers

All this exposure to police misconduct has caused me to be more compliant, hoping to avoid all police officers. I fear that I might encounter that out of control officer who is triggered just by the fact that I am a black woman with a sense of my own dignity.

Watch This Clueless White Dude Realize How Privilege Works

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women

EmbedContent(5626aee2e4b08589ef498399,,Embed,html,Some({})) In less than three minutes, Sasheer Zamata explained just how problematic privilege is. I...