By Meg Stone on Oct 17, 2016
Despite illusory notions of “law and order,” the criminal justice system has failed to truly help survivors of rape and abuse.
Street harassment forces women to contend with unwanted male attention, and the orchestration of this attention is significant in women’s daily lives.
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The realities of alcoholism often include falling off the wagon, which is both more mundane and absurd than many people realize.
In battling addiction, neuroscience offers a complementary and alternative approach to twelve-step programs.
When Black men, women, and children feel lucky to walk away from police harassment alive, shouldn’t we all be outraged?
From the era of slavery to the rise of Donald Trump, wealthy elites have relied on the loyalty of poor whites.
To cut or not to cut? Circumcision is influenced by cultural forces and religious tradition, especially for secular Jews and Muslims.
In North Carolina’s hog country, activists continue to fight for clean air and water.
The movement toward criminalizing homelessness isn’t just bad politics. It’s bad public health policy for communities.
After being raped in her dorm by a friend, a young woman reaches out to sexual assault survivors.
Learning critical thinking skills helps students become more creative, confident, and engaged.
More people are talking openly about their depression, but is public perception changing?
Reverend DePayne Middleton Doctor, a minister, admissions coordinator, and mother.
Reverend Daniel Simmons, Sr., a 74-year-old Vietnam vet, longtime pastor, father, and grandfather.
Myra Thompson, a retired teacher, guidance counselor, wife, mother, grandmother, and newly certified preacher.
Ethel Lee Lance, a 70-year-old church sexton with five children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Susie Jackson, an 87-year-old mother of two, family matriarch, devout Christian, church trustee, and eldest victim.
TyWanza Sanders, a 26-year-old graduate of Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, who died trying to save his grandmother.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a reverend, track coach, speech therapist, and mother.
Cynthia Hurd, head librarian with Charleston County Library’s John L. Dart Branch and manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library.
Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, a South Carolina Senator and senior pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church.
In a society of technology-driven isolation, is the key to a more compassionate world simply taking the time to really see one another?
“Stereotypes, they’re sensual, cultural weapons. … At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.” -Junot Díaz
How one woman created her own exposure therapy “bootcamp” for her canine-phobic daughter.
A Bangladeshi girl falls ill after surviving a factory fire. Did labor activists misrepresent the facts about her illness?
From a tiny village in Ghana to a university in West Virginia, the legacy of violence against women is inescapable.
Will advertisers’ pursuit of women bolster the Patriarchy through the turn of the century?
Many couples who pursue modern polygamist lifestyles find that creating the “perfect family” is more difficult than expected.
What drives young men who commit horrific crimes? It may be a simple lack of basic morality.
Vocational training doesn’t ensure a living wage for students lacking the skills needed for college.
“I am a black poet who will not remain silent while this nation murders black people.”
In literature, Hollywood, and hometowns, women still earn less than their male peers.
Women and men are socialized to use public spaces differently. It may take both to change that.
When death threats closed Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen, public outcry helped the restaurant reopen and continue its mission.
The Sisters of Loretto fought the Bluegrass Pipeline and protected their Kentucky homeland.
In response to Elizabeth Switaj’s piece on forgiveness culture, a story of abuse and survival.
Rather than consigning unwanted pit bulls to life — or death — in shelters, why not put their skills to use?
A teen reaches out to adults and questioning youth about the effects of a disapproving society.
How privilege, fear, and nationalism hinder the eradication of infectious diseases.
Educators’ focus on language skills marginalizes kids who learn through physical, play-based activities.
Women who can’t nurse — or choose not to — shouldn’t be pressured or judged.
The Deep Web is not accessible through search engines. Its variety of uses may surprise you.
For trauma survivors, there are many paths to healing and moving on. Why demand that survivors forgive their abusers?
Political satirists provide comic relief, but do they undermine the fight to address serious issues?
Because trauma survivors’ memories are so specific, increasingly used “trigger warnings” are largely ineffective.
When arts funding favors elite white institutions, both artists and communities suffer.
Carelessness does not make sexual assault an expected outcome any more than self-protection necessarily prevents it.
Do parental consent laws protect pregnant minors? The risks of politicizing teen abortion.
Avoiding soy is complicated by its prevalence in processed foods, the food industry, and labeling laws.
Examining institutionalized racism’s psychological and philosophical roots and how to combat it.
The costs, benefits, and ethical issues of increasingly sophisticated prenatal genetic tests.
In response to Deb Stone’s essay on foster care, former foster child Jaquel Pitts shares his successes.
Is marriage equality relevant to radical queer politics, or are such norms regressive and anti-queer?
A vivid and honest portrayal of one of the world’s most controversial organizations.
Ralph Nader, the far left, and how both might affect the outcome of the 2016 Presidential race.
Many are opposed to slavery in principle, but it won’t end until we leverage our collective powers.
It’s like the Paleo, Atkins, Military, or South Beach diets, only much, much richer! Lose big and look like a billion bucks!
A former U.S. congressman deconstructs a dangerous threat to our democracy, freedom, and independence.
The nature of belief, disbelief, and how to approach the threat of religious extremism.
Poor treatment programs and the stigma of addiction have caused an epidemic of suffering.
An elegy for junior high, and how we often barely glimpse the home lives of even our closest friends.
Third-party debt collection agencies harass consumers into paying debt they believe they’ve already settled.
Forgetting the stark realities of war does a disservice to veterans and the lives lost in U.S. military campaigns.
The Evangelical Christian purity movement and its impact on mainstream secular culture.
Abused children placed in foster care face challenges greater than those who remain with their families.
Exploring the intersection between poverty, the environment, and climate change.
How helping prison inmates establish positive identities is critical to preventing recidivism.
How the U.S. tax code rewards the super wealthy and punishes the working classes.
Two of STIR’s creators want to make you feel uncomfortable for a while.
A powerful poem exploring the ever-evolving puzzle of gender, feminism, and family.
When organic food companies eschew biodiversity, they endanger our food supply.
Mansur Gidfar talks about political corruption and how voters can fight to take back their government.
How starting a Facebook page made Shannon Watts one of the most vilified women in America.