From BernieBros to TrumpBots, the 2016 election season is about Privilege Panic

If there is one uniting theme in the 2016 presidential campaign season it is the rise of Privilege Panic. Again and again, across parties and at venues all over the country, we see a deep well of anger exploding with the landing of fists and the hurling of chairs (and death threats). From BernieBros to…

Tangled: On hair dye, politics, and the CCSD

The politics of hair starts early. In fact, it starts when youโ€™re born. Itโ€™s why thereโ€™s a market for teeny tiny hair clips and baseball caps for newborns. With the exception of pink and blue onesies, itโ€™s the first chance society gets to start the complicated process of indoctrinating us in identities involving gender, race,…

No one who runs for president is an “outsider”

I keep seeing stories about these statistically insignificant rogue voters who are threatening to tantrum if they don’t get their way. For instance, this Guardian piece on Bernie Sanders supporters threatening to vote for GOP-front runner Donald Trump if Hillary Clinton gets the Democrat’s nomination. (Their proxy on the Republican side is the #NeverTrump contingent…

You had me at James Bond: White House PSAs on sexual assault put onus on men

It seems the Obama Administration is making good on its campaign to prevent sexual assault on college campuses — and by proxy provide teachable moments about rape culture to the entire nation. Earlier this week, the White House released the first report (PDF) from the newly created sexual assault task force. In tandem with the…

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…

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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…

You guys: On the gender of feminism

Let’s face it, over the years feminism has not always played well with others. Whether it has been a shocking lack of inclusion (for instance, fat politics) and intersectionality (ahem, Beyonce, lesbians, trans* people, et al) or as simple as alienating those who would be our friends, feminism can be an identity that is sometimes…