Screenshot from Franchesca Ramsey's new video on how to be an ally.
Franchesca Ramsey is an awesome video blogger whose work addresses all kinds of social justice issues in quick, engaging, and thought-provoking ways. She can pack more knowledge into a three-minute YouTube video than most writers can in a three-hour lecture.
How great would it be to share a dinner table with Sherman Alexie? The National Book Award winner, Spokane Coeur d'Alene Indian, and author of 24 books always has something smart to say, and his way of saying it is with a good-natured dark humor that illuminates the bad stuff of life with a warm and loving light. A week before Thanksgiving, Sherman and I talked about the holiday and how he's made it his own, imagining the traditional Thanksgiving feast as a celebration of survival.
There is a strange and pervasive cultural myth that geek girls are like unicorns—we’re rare and mythical creatures who can’t possibly be real. This anxiety over gender is deeply tied to nerds’ concerns about the mainstreaming of geekdom.
Despite all the recent harassment, many people and groups are successfully changing the image of geek culture—including these "punk senshi" cosplayers at Geek Girl Con. (photo by Sarah Mirk)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... geeks and nerds were relentlessly mocked and bullied. So they found communities through zines and the early internet and congregated in comic book stores and arcades—spaces where they could feel sheltered from the cruel taunts of jocks and buoyed by like-minded obsessives.
That's Not Cool, a national public education campaign that aims to prevent teen dating abuse, offers "callout cards" to stop unwanted sexts.
For several years now, studies have consistently shown that sexting is a common fact of teen life these days. A 2011 study found that roughly 20 percent of teens digitally share photographs of themselves either scantily clad or naked.
There's lots of advice out there about what not to be on Halloween—people dressing up as "Indians" and domestic abusers, I'm looking at you—but not a lot of advice for actually good costumes. Here's a fun list we put together of pop-culture-inspired costumes.