Biden has only been president for a week but he has already issued executive orders rolling back Trump’s transphobic policies. Biden had barely finished his inaugural address, when he signed an executive order reaffirming the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to protecting trans rights.

The executive order says that the Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County — which bars employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — must be expanded to require every federal agency to comply with the administration’s anti-discrimination policy. …


Voting in the 2020 primary has finally begun, but for those of us who are politically engaged this process tired us out long before the first vote was cast. For all intents and purposes this primary started when Elizabeth Warren released a video announcing her exploratory campaign for a presidential run on December 30, 2018-well over a year before the Iowa caucus. Warren was followed by Tulsi Gabbard, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Marianne Williamson, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Jay Inslee, John Hickenlooper, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Mike Gravel, Eric Swalwell, Seth Moulton, Joe Biden…


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Since 2016 ending mass incarceration has become a central policy discussion for Democratic Party politicians. If I could create an ideal CJR plan it would build on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 plan that addressed the school to prison pipeline, prioritized rehabilitation for drug offenses, ending private prisons and mandatory minimums, implementing implicit bias training for police, body cams, and judicial department involvement for police shootings and civil rights cases.

I would also add incarcerated voting, unlimited menstrual products, guarantees that trans prisoners be held in the correct prison, a priority for prisoners to be held near their children (especially mothers), nurseries…


“Revolution is not a one time event” -Audre Lorde

In both 2008 and 2016 it was groundbreaking to just have one viable woman candidate in the presidential race. Now in 2020 we started the primary with four (I’m sorry I can’t count Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson as viable women candidates). I was sad to see Kirsten Gillibrand drop out of the race so early, and Amy Klobuchar seems unlikely to make it to the top tier of candidates, but voters still have two awesome choices in Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

Unfortunately we are experiencing a lot of fighting between these two support groups who see their candidate…


By Tom Toro, New Yorker July 9, 2015

Anyone who has been paying attention to pop culture the last decade has probably heard of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” coined by Nathan Rabin to described a female character who “exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” Rabin was criticizing the sexist trope of a woman who is written only to save a man from himself through her quirky carefree pixieness.

For the past few years I’ve wanted to expand on Rabin’s discussion of female characters by examining another trope that men…


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When I was young I was a dancer but by 12 it was clear I would never have the lithe slender body needed to truly pursue it. I was short with big hips and large breasts when I went through puberty. I was lucky that I worked out so much and stayed thin despite developing these more womanly attributes. From a young age my looks had always been commented on. Despite working hard in school and achieving good grades, as well as being precocious and conversing often with adults, I was always told I was pretty, not smart. …


“The revolution comes when two strangers smile at each other…and when a girl pushes aside all that her mother has ‘taught’ her and accepts her boyfriend’s love.” — Bernie Sanders

This isn’t a new conversation. Many of us have been trying to tell you that Bernie Sanders makes our skin crawl since 2015. His writings from the 1970s depict an oversexualized image of activism and revolution that essentializes women’s sexuality. He puts his hands in front of women’s faces while they talk, dismisses gender issues, talks over women, and is an odd proponent of young people having sex.

My mother…


In 2015 Hillary Clinton made reproductive rights and women’s issues a central part of her presidential platform. She was the first national candidate to call for an end to the Hyde and Helms Amendments (the Hyde Amendment denies federal funds to pay for abortions and the Helms Amendment does the same for international aid). Hillary made multiple impassioned speeches about the importance of abortion as an economic and justice issue.

And in a debate with Trump, Hillary stood up to the destructive scientifically incorrect narratives about later in pregnancy abortions. …


In the past few weeks new abortion bans have been passed in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, with Louisiana poised to pass one soon. These laws not only outlaw abortion before most people know they’re pregnant, but also go further in criminalizing abortion than any current law on the books. Based on the language in these laws it’s possible for a woman (or nonbinary person or trans man) to be charged with murder, not only for getting an abortion but for having a miscarriage if doctors claim she caused it herself.

As Jennifer Wright wrote in Harper’s Bazaar, many women have already…

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PhD in American legal history, freelance writer, political activist, follow me on twitter @QueenMab87

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