In the DC Comics universe, Barbara Gordon was Batgirl until the Joker injured her—then she took on the role of computer hacker Oracle (above). But in later issues, writers reset the whole storyline, reverting Barbara to a young crime-fighter who doesn't use a wheelchair.
A recent Mslexia survey found that though 30 percent of women writers had read books recently in which a character with a "mental illness or learning difficulty featured prominently," characters with a physical disability "rarely" appeared in either their reading matter or their writing.
Do you find it a luxury to be doubled over by period cramps? No? Maybe it’s just the UK government and the European Union who think so, then. Recently, people in the UK have been speaking up about the absurdity of the government charging a luxury tax on all feminine hygiene products.
Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay "Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say" in New York magazine. In his piece, Chait attempts to articulate the ways in which moderate liberal thought interacts with what he terms "politically correct leftism," often to the detriment of liberalism.
Wizards of the Coast, the company behind card game Magic: the Gathering, revealed last week that one of the characters in the newest set of cards is a trans woman. Say hello to Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, the game’s first canon trans character.
A Vanderbilt football game in 2010. Photo by Larry Darling, via Creative Commons.
A rape trial began last week in Tennessee involving members of the Vanderbilt University football team. While our culture's discussion of sexual assault can, at times, recede into vague generalizations and faceless statistics, this case, with its graphic video and photographic evidence, offers a horrifying reminder of the crime's true nature.