Statement on Charlottesville

As we all know, last week we saw the true face of America’s political right. We saw the true face of white privilege, white supremacy, and white passivity from those who have been standing by. Charlottesville has been a warning to all of us in a few different ways. It has been a warning to…

Officially Fundraising!

Social Justice Exchange is officially raising money for the Fall semester. These funds will help us provide refreshments and compensation for people attending our events and panels. This money allows us to remain independent of St. John’s University so we can keep spreading our message of radical justice without censorship. This money allows us to…

Dear Cisgender Feminists, Trans Women are Not Your Enemy

Guest writer Chay Brown, an activist from the National Union of Teachers, responds to the assertions that the reforms to the gender recognition act are in contradiction to the rights of others. via Dear cisgender feminists, trans women are not your enemy — The Queerness

4:44 Sheds Light on Racism, Sexism, Classism, and More

“A man once known for his explicit, misogynistic lyrics left the world with ten songs filled with regret for his past actions and for almost wrecking the most precious relationship he had. Throughout the album, Jay-Z consistently preaches for awareness: awareness of the racism even within one’s own race, awareness of the blindness that capitalistic…

Congress Kicks Woman Out for Sleeveless Dress

It’s early July, and a reporter is in the Speaker’s lobby, a room outside the House chamber. Like all reporters there, she is hoping to grab a lawmaker for a brief interview on the day’s proceedings. But today, she would have to stuff paper into her sleeves in hopes of being allowed to stay.

My First Experience With Racism

Seated at my desk, I wrote my name out in cursive on my classwork: Madeline King. I thought I had done relatively well for a 5-year old. My A’s looked almost as good as my mother’s, but not quite. My teacher- we’ll call her Mrs. M- came around to check how the class was doing….

How Being Trans Taught Me to Embrace Femininity

“This rigid, toxic idea of masculinity teaches men to be angry, closed-off, and inexpressive. It hinders boys and men from talking to each other about real things they feel. They turn to strangers online to teach them how to be “real” men instead of working together to break down the walls that entrap them in…

What Does Makeup Have to Do With Racism?

Makeup has, throughout the ages, been an important part of the identity of womanhood. It has carried both positive and negative meanings. Currently, we are in what is referred to as the “fourth wave” of feminism. It’s feminism that often focuses on the idea that there is no correct way to be a woman. Women…

The Bold Type: A Picture of Intersectional Feminism in Modern Media

I’ll be honest. I don’t really watch romance-y, feel good TV shows that often. I’ve been let down in the past by shows that say they’re women-positive with accurate representations of relationships (both queer and not), and with plots that don’t just revolve around love-triangles. This is why I was really skeptical about watching Freeform’s…

Rapper 2 Chainz Hopes to Bring Change to the Trap

With the release of his new album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music,” rapper 2 Chainz has been making a lot of headlines lately-and not only for his music. Last month, 2 Chainz flipped a house in Atlanta, Georgia, and painted it bright pink with the word “trap” on it to imitate the cover art of…