allies

  • Activism

    Stop Calling Macklemore “Brave.”

    A few days ago, Macklemore took home four Grammys (for New Artist, Rap Performance, Rap Song for “Thrift Shop,” and and Rap Album for The Heist). After the ceremony, Macklemore posted a picture to his Instagram of a text message he sent to Kendrick Lamar, who he beat out for best rap album, where he says, “You got robbed. I wanted you…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: August 11 – August 17 on the Skepchick Network

    Teen Skepchick Even Teens are Paying Attention to Gluten, Nowadays The misunderstanding of gluten has trickled down to the teenage set, it seems. It’s Just a Phase The thoughts and experiences of someone should not be dismissed out of hand simply because that someone is a teenager. CIA Finally Admits Existence of Area 51 – Let’s Talk Ad Hoc Christian…

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  • Featured

    Why Are You an Ally, Anyway?

    No, really. What’s your motivation to call yourself one, and maybe even to act like one? This is the part where I talk about myself in an attempt to make it less about me (and you, if you’re also an ally rather than part of a marginalized group when it comes to one or more forms of oppression). I have…

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  • Activism

    When Calling Out is Called Out

    There are people out there who believe that people who often voice concerns are constantly raring for a fight and enjoy getting into spats over little things. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just because someone calls others out doesn’t mean that they enjoy the calling-out in itself — though the end results, if any and if positive, can make…

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  • Feminism

    How to Fail at Being an Ally

    As I wrote last week, people who do not identify as allies cause undue and often unintentional distress in marginalized groups. Some of them might be indifferent, some might not. Either way, in their case, it’s a simple lack of awareness. Presumably, one would expect more from fellow activists or self-identified allies, right? Wait, do I hear a mass eye-rolling from Internet-land?…

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