Law Enforcement Injustices Do Not Only Affect Young, Black Men

There is no mistake in saying that black men in the United States are unfairly and disproportionately affected by the law enforcement and justice systems in the country. It’s true. Black–and, at different rates, other racial and ethnic minority–males are incarcerated at about five and a half times the rate white men are, despite committing…

What Being a Journalist Means to a Woman

I am not sure what people hear–or worse, what they assume–when I say that I am interested and involved in journalism. When asked by others what I hope to pursue in my career, I am greeted with unsure looks and questioning remarks. “Journalists are becoming obsolete,” one person has said to me. “Journalists are corrupt,”…

To Teach Students about Sexual Abuse, You Have to Teach Them about Sex

Last month, Bitchtopia published an article on “The Importance of Making Sex Education…Sexier,” in which nataliebri shared some very vital information on sexual education curricula throughout the country, including: Even though 80 percent of U.S. adults support comprehensive sexual education, and even though 86 percent of the decline in teenage pregnancy can be attributed to…

Are Schools Disproportionately Blamed for Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases?

Colleges and universities in the United States were added earlier this year at alarming rates to a list of institutions responding inappropriately to cases of sexual assault on their campuses. In May, articles detailing the “55 colleges with open ‘sexual violence investigations‘” appeared, as if announcing some new, terrifying version of  “Colleges That Change Lives.”In June, millions–including, and of course most…

Oh, Boy (Band): My Newfound Love/Hate Relationship with One Direction

I would like to blame Paul Rudd (sorry–Dan Charles) for my past six months of non-stop One Direction jamming in my car, at work, and at virtually every other possible opportunity. Prior to their Saturday Night Live appearance in December, when I discovered that they were not bad at all at singing or at looking nice,…