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Identity Politics

Why Bob Barr Matters

Richard Feldman | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Richard Feldman

On Tuesday, July 22nd Georgia holds a run-off election to the May primary. National attention is focused on the Senate race between Cong. Jack Kingst...

Bitcoin Activism: How Michelle Malkin And Suey Park Found Common Cause In Hashtag Movements

Arun Gupta | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Arun Gupta

Suey Park is the Bitcoin of activism. Her hashtag movements are a digital phenomenon. Her value is determined by how much others buy into her. The lack of institutional backing allows her to disrupt the status quo. And just like digital currencies, hashtag activism is vulnerable to shadowy intrigues and corrupting influences.

The Big B

Kathryn Lamble | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kathryn Lamble

Bisexuality is a troubling state for many to grasp, simply because it wages war on the very idea of totality. I'm very lucky to have never endured the level of torment and hatred many LGBT people across time and space have.

Are You Tired Of People Being 'Outraged'?

Kia Makarechi | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Kia Makarechi

Outrage fatigue is like anti-intellectualism for conservatives and liberals (and especially neo-liberals) alike.

The State of the Nation: Queer as You Want to Be

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelly Cogswell

Queerness is a gift that not all LGBT people have. It's certainly not inherent in that amorphous thing sometimes called the LGBT movement. We are a political, social and sexual minority, and maybe even a cultural one, but we're held together more loosely than most other minorities.

Creating a Center Part

Jerrika Hinton | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jerrika Hinton

Do you know how hard it is to find a black girl with hair like yours? It was my first peek into the supposition that my hair does not belong to me but, rather, is part of some trenchant responsibility and deeply engaged in identity politics whether or not the body/mind attached to it desires such.

The Significance of Sarajevo

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What was the image that crossed the mind of that Muslim president who was doing his utmost to save his people from a bloodbath announced by the Serbs? "We are the Warsaw ghetto," he wrote, "Will the Warsaw ghetto once again be left to die?"

What About Bob? Mad Men, Episode 12

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 08.18.2013 | TV
James Marshall Crotty

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon...

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

The Source of Indignity

Robert Fuller | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

What people really want in relationships is dignity, not domination. While it's not hard to understand why people who have suffered oppression might fantasize taking a turn at domination, to actually do so is to over-reach.

The Invasion of Iraq and the Clash Within Civilizations

Khaled Diab | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

In an incredibly influential essay published 20 years ago in Foreign Affairs, the late Samuel P. Huntington first outlined his clash of civilizations theory, which he later elaborated on and fleshed out in a book published in 1996.

The Secret To Science's Success

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Modeling has made humans what we are and our success as a species depends on learning to use them wisely.

Two Notions Of Truth: My Sunday School Vs. My Public School

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.31.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

The truth is not necessarily what some authority says it is, but rather what can be proven. But, if so, where did that leave the truths taught in my Sunday School?

A Penis And A Dress: Why The Gender Binary Needs To Go Away

Allison Hope | Posted 07.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Imagine a world where someone with a penis can wear dresses every day if this person desired. Gender-neutral bathrooms and department stores and professional sports become the rule rather than the exception to it. Children can play with whatever toys they prefer.

Does Race Equal Skin Color?

Uloop | Posted 04.29.2012 | College
Uloop

Since when did race equal skin color? When it comes to applying for colleges and jobs, the check box will always be there but it is not always mandatory to check it. It may determine how you will be identified or placed but it should never change your identity.

Energy Voters as a Political Power

Peter Gardett | Posted 03.09.2012 | Business
Peter Gardett

Americans are accustomed to identity politics; can their identity as energy workers, producers and consumers outweigh other political identities?

Kenya Dispatch: The End of Structure

Ming Holden | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Ming Holden

It wasn't until I mobilized a theater group for female survivors of gang rape at the hands of rebel army soldiers who murdered their parents in front of them that I truly learned what self-expression means to the future of democracy.

Is Beauty Black or White?

Daniel Weeks | Posted 01.03.2012 | Black Voices
Daniel Weeks

Walking through Shoprite the other day, a Wal-Mart-wannabe down the road from where my wife and I live in Cape Town, South Africa, I couldn't help but notice something peculiar in one of the aisles.

Why 'Diversity' Boosts Inequality When Opportunity Falters

Jim Sleeper | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Obama's paradigm-rattling election suggested that although it's still necessary to "take account of race" and sex, we'd better make sure that color-coding doesn't divert attention from swifter, darker currents of greed and exploitation swamping the American republic.

Latinos Must Help Unify America - by Voting in 2012

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 10.16.2011 | Latino Voices
Fernando Espuelas

Latino-Americans can no longer afford to let other people vote for them. We cannot sit back and watch things happen to America, when we have the votes to achieve a better outcome for the nation.

PHOTOS: Kara Walker On Sexuality, Slavery And Shadow Puppets

Posted 07.30.2011 | Arts

The exhibition “Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale” at Lehmann Maupin Gallery is a collection of three new video works from Kara Walker. Tho...

How Democrats Lost Their Base -- And Why Identity Is Key to Winning It Back

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Most Democrats have trouble stating clearly what they stand for.That's a very big problem, because it turns out that in politics, identity trumps both interests and ideas.

Tensions and Frustrations: Remembering Oscar Grant on MLK Day

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

On the evening of the horrible Tucson shootings where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, I met a young Black man who scoffed at th...

Can Writing Be Taught?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Behind McGurl's fancy charts and diagrams is the simplistic idea that because the program era exists, it does so because it serves a useful function.

Tales From the Census Trail: Lara's Bit

Lara Janson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lara Janson

In this day and age, why is 'Negro' included as a race on the 2010 Census form? I hope to explore this and many more issues as my training as a Census Bureau Crew Leader begins.