23-Year-Old American Design Student Among Victims of Paris Attacks

Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old college student from California State University of Long Beach, was among the 129 victims of Friday’s attacks in Paris. Gonzalez had been enrolled at the college, but was studying at Strate College of Design for a semester. She was part of a Paris international exchange program with 18… »11/14/15 6:00pm11/14/15 6:00pm


On Camille Cosby and the Problem With Asking, 'Why Did She Stay?'

Every time a wife stands by her scandal-mired celebrity husband, we eventually reach a point in the ensuing, endlessly looping discussion where we ask ourselves why she stayed, how much she knew, and whether her refusal to leave him is a reflection of her own shortcomings. If it were me, naysayers say triumphantly, … »11/20/14 4:00pm11/20/14 4:00pm

When You're a Black Woman, You're Never Good Enough to Be a Victim

It has been confounding – heartbreaking, actually – to see how, after each tragedy involving white violence and black bodies, so much of the national conversation has focused on image. Not the image of the shooter, of course; if the last few killings have taught us anything, it is that he is not on trial here. »9/11/14 2:40pm9/11/14 2:40pm

For Team Newtown Strong, Boston Bombing Is a Tragedy Within a Tragedy

In the days and weeks that follow the Boston Marathon bombing, media outlets will begin the grim task of sorting through a matryoshka doll of personal tragedies, although one such doubly tragic storyline has already emerged: the race was dedicated to the 26 victims of the Newtown school shooting, and not only did nine… »4/16/13 10:00am4/16/13 10:00am

Judge Rules that Taxing Texas Strip Clubs Doesn't Violate Free Speech Rights

Last month, we reported on the court battle over a law in Texas that requires strip clubs to pay a so-called "pole tax" of $5 per patron. Club owners claimed that since nude dancing is a form of expression, the tax violated their right to free speech and were refusing to pay up. This week, the Texas Supreme Court… »8/27/11 6:25pm8/27/11 6:25pm

Unicorns, Easy-Bake Ovens, And Vibrators, Or: I Believe In The Radical Possibilities Of Pleasure

I've been mulling over a few things after a shit storm went down at my job last week. And when I say "my job," I mean this site, obvs. All of us on staff here work really fucking hard, and I take the stress and problems I encounter to bed with me every night-literally, because I fall asleep in front of my laptop and… »6/18/08 5:40pm6/18/08 5:40pm