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Doing good doesn’t,
and shouldn’t, always feel good. For the sake of justice, let’s face that
and the threat of violence have a particular address to women. Welcome to a new
phase of anti-feminism.
In the new space race, whose version of humanity is being targeted for
Being defined by a
negative speaks more of bureaucracy than of sex or self-expression.
Olambiwonnu hopes his new film on the killing of Michael Brown will bring
healing, dignity, and investment to Black communities affected by police
Being genderqueer is
not about displaying an intellectual image—it’s a matter of life and death.
Hyperandrogenic competitors are not men, and
exceptional women shouldn’t be excluded on the grounds that ‘normal’ women feel
threatened by their masculine traits.
Lots of resources on nonviolent action come from
the global north, yet courageous activists in the global south are living a
whole other political life.
thighs and breasts: menu choices, or an individual who matters so little that
her body parts can be consumed for someone else’s enjoyment?
Expanding the meaning of marriage beyond heterosexual relations captures
the spirit of the times but misses the pulse of the future.
These books on faith and feminism will force you to
reevaluate your stereotypes of Muslims.
long will it take for gender fluidity to be viewed as a healthy expression of
I'm leaving after three years at openDemocracy. Here are some of my favourite, must-read articles from writers to watch out for.
With 20 million refugees worldwide, the International Olympic Committee announces a new team to make the games more inclusive for people without a nation to call home.
On 13 June over 150 feminist activists mourned the murder and erasure of artist Ana Mendieta. We were there for our sisters who did not survive.
Nonviolent tactics like stripping naked can be highly effective political advocacy, even ending wars, particularly across the African continent.
A new book by best-selling atheist Sam Harris and Islamist-turned-reformist Maajid Nawaz fails to convince.
Animal rights campaigns like PETA care more for animals than they do for the lives of marginalized people.
The 'they' prounoun carries emotional weight, affirms others, and challenges our assumptions about gender.
Ahead of the opening of Sex Workers' Opera tonight, these arts activists are fighting the battle for hearts and minds.
Speculative fiction is just as rooted in white supremacy as any other genre. When a transformative vision of racial justice shows itself, it's rooted in communities of color.
At least 300,000 people died at the hands of German colonizers during its empire. These art projects are uncovering colonial histories to understand racism in Germany today.
Drag is everywhere. Drag is looks you created and looks you woke up with. At heart, the transformative nature of makeup is about allowing your curious self to flourish.
The Berlin Senate is trying to replace a refugee-led activist space with a refugee camp. Why?
UK mental health service providers are still failing to deal with race and ethnicity.
There is always a choice. If we have the strength to survive oppression, we have the strength to choose not to abuse each other.
It's not just young girls and big bad wolves. Lies and misconceptions about sex work can hurt women and keep negative stereotypes alive.
"Once you break down a huge fucking binary like gender, no other binaries seem to make sense": an interview with the much-loved trans author and artist.
We're never going to get anywhere as long as our economies of attraction resemble the economies of attraction of white supremacy.
Public portrayals of gay men are highly sexualized, often centred around anal penetration. Sex is shown as quintessential; intimacy, dispensible.
"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension – all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles."
If you are only attracted to able, 'mentally well', cis, normatively beautiful people, from class privileged backgrounds, then you are upholding violent norms.
Being an effective, productive employee was everything I dreamt of. Until illness caught up with me and I had to learn to take a break.
Greenham was an alternative world, an anti-nuclear protest by hundreds of thousands of women activists. At 'Bringing Greenham Home', we relived the spirit with films and talks from those who were there.
What is Transformation
The Love that Does Justice
NGOs, Social Change and the Transformation of Human Relationships
The Tree of Contemplative Practices
Thick Problems and Thin Solutions
The Hidden Leaf Foundation's useful reading list on transformation
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