Women’s History Month: What is sex work and why should feminists care about it?

I spent a little over five years living in Nevada, the only jurisdiction in the United States where prostitution is legal. Out of Nevada’s 16 counties, 10 counties permit brothel prostitution but only eight have active brothels. There are 21 active brothels in Nevada and yes, I have actually been inside of one. Let me … Continue reading Women’s History Month: What is sex work and why should feminists care about it?

Black History Month: Is the Black Power Movement dead?

The year I was born (in Northern California), the Black Panther Party had not yet disbanded and Huey Percy Newton was still its Oakland-based leader. Looking back now, I'm able to recognize the impact the revolutionary group had on my childhood environment. I went to schools that served free and reduced-cost meals thanks to the … Continue reading Black History Month: Is the Black Power Movement dead?

Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Benedita Souza da Silva Sampaio

With the exception of Nigeria, Brazil has the largest population of Blacks in the world,  hence I could not let this Black History Month end without acknowledging at least one of Brazil's Black female freedom fighters. There's no better heroine to feature than Benedita Souza da Silver Sampaio (1942-) who went from being born and … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Benedita Souza da Silva Sampaio