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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…

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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…

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[TW] Why ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’ are progress, not fascism

[Trigger Warning] Dear Steve Sebelius, I was disheartened to see your opinion piece, titled Beware of the ‘safe space’ movement. In the decade we’ve known each other, I have seen your usually unfailing support for the oppressed. Despite your occasionally borderline sense-of-humor and brash public persona, I know you to be kind and (probably hard…

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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…