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.
• Today is a national day of action for "carrying the weight." Inspired by a student at Columbia University who is carrying around her mattress until the school expels the man who sexually assaulted her, participants around the country will be carrying a mattress or pillow in solidarity. [Carrying the Weight]
I once dined in a restaurant with my boyfriend on Halloween while a white gentleman ate his meal across from us decked out in head-to-toe blackface. New film Dear White People seemed like it was going to put into more dignified words what I was thinking that fateful night: “Oh, no, this mofo didn’t.”
There's a powerful new mural in New York City: at 22 East 2nd Street in Lower Manhattan, seven mothers are painted in front of bold, colorful stripes. These are all mothers whose sons have been killed by violence from the state.
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.