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Laverne Cox and the Cost of Celebrity

In mid-August, Laverne Cox, arguably the world’s leading trans celebrity, literally lent her voice to a

Gaza Is Not Ferguson

August 14, 2014

 

Somaly Mam, Nicholas Kristof, and the Real Sex Trafficking Story

June 2, 2014

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Kristof’s smarmy, know-it-all, white saviour persona has gained him an audience eager to do good for nameless women and children domestically and internationally. Nicholas Kristof’s collected work on sex trafficking constitutes a masturbatory text, allowing do-gooders everywhere to stroke and erect their unspoken desires about rescuing sad, tormented women.  There’s a pornographic impulse at its heart, a sexual fantasy about dark-skinned women and children being raped by sexual predators on the dirt floors of basements, until the white saviour smashes the door down to save them.  

 

Is Your Reading Material Ethically Sourced?

May 29, 2014

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If you wouldn’t buy chocolate because it was made by underpaid labour or if you prefer to buy clothes made in factories where workers are paid more than a bare, minimum wage, why wouldn’t you ask the same questions of the websites where you click on articles?

If people made the same choices about their reading material that they make about their shoes, clothes, and quinoa, they would have to stop clicking on and linking to places like The Rumpus, HuffPo, Open Democracy.net, Guernica, and so many more.  

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