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Why you should be happy about the Veronica Mars movie, even if you don’t like Veronica Mars

Unless you’ve been living in a far-flung locale off the grid, it would be hard to miss the hullabaloo about the Veronica Mars movie, which debuted in limited release and video-on-demand on March 14. Whether you’re on Team Reboot or Team I-DON’T-CARE-PLEASE-SHUT-UP-ALREADY, there is no denying that the record-breaking fan-funding that breathed life back into…

Tap water on fire.

What the West Virginia Elk River spill says about the intersection of race, poverty, privilege, and oppression

The alternate headline for this post was, “Environmentalism: The long-view on dismantling oppression.” When I first launched The Sin City Siren seven years ago, one of the issues I wrote about often was environmentalism. After a while I got tired of defending the importance of talking about environmental concerns on a feminist site: Why do…

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The justice backlog: Why are hundreds of thousands of rape kits gathering dust?

Trigger Warning: rape, violent crime Even as the Justice Department reports that our nation’s crime labs are processing more rape kits, there is a greater backlog than ever in analysis of potential evidence. Indeed, it is estimated that there are as many as 400,000 untested kits sitting in evidence storage all across the country. Considering…

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It’s 2014: On your marks, get set, GO!

Happy New Year, Sirens! Now that the confetti and champagne have been cleared away, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get down to business. We’ve got work to do Sirens! It’s an election year, baby: Get ready for another year of political ad-overload. All of Nevada’s four House seats are on the docket…

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The fat strikes back: On #fatmicroaggressions, Victoria’s Bullshit, and more

Trigger warning: body issues, eating disorders A few days ago a conversation about fat-shaming blew up all over twitter through the hashtag #fatmicroaggressions. And while a lot of times my twitter feed gets fractured along race lines — especially when it comes to feminist discussion — this particular conversation transcended, nay included, a broad spectrum…

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Michigan passes ‘rape insurance’ bill. So what are you going to do about it?

Abandon hope all ye who enter here: Michigan has created a new ring of hell and it is called “rape insurance.” Call this the nexus of reproductive rights and rape culture. The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act passed yesterday by the Michigan Legislature bans all insurance plans from covering abortion unless the woman’s life is in…