Identity Filter
  1. Are There Limits to Self-Identity Language?

    “When a marginalized person claims language to describe their oppressed identity, they are speaking themself into existence in a society that is trying to annihilate them.”

    Gender
  2. On Boy Books and Girl Books

    “Can we all agree that there is no such thing as a girl or a boy book?” Teacher and parent Pernille Ripp writes on the toxic effects of defining books by the gender of their supposed audience.

    Books
  3. Digging into the Racial Politics of ‘Ugly Delicious’

    David Chang’s Ugly Delicious explores some nuanced ideas around race and food while also reproducing some harmful cultural narratives. Media culture Ph.D. student Rachel Kuo identifies five ways she’d like the show to push further.

    Cooking
  4. Faces of Auschwitz

    A collaboration between the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, digital colorist Marina Amaral, and a team of academics, journalists and volunteers, “Faces of Auschwitz” honors the lives of Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners by colorizing their registration photos and sharing their individual stories.

    History
  5. “The ability to disconnect from your identity to engage with an oppressor is a privilege. The ability to disconnect from your emotions and values to engage with someone else’s hate is a privilege.”

    Academia
  6. Paula Stone Williams

    Paula Stone Williams, a pastor in Longmont, Colorado, writes on her personal blog about religion, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and her own transition.

    Gender
  7. Dear POC: We Get Depressed Too

    Joséphine Mwanvua on the difficulty of asking for help as a person of color: “Here, in the West, black communities and other POC communities still carry a taboo around mental health issues.”

    Culture
  8. Podcast in the Spotlight: This Filipino American Life

    Joe at This Filipino American Life explains why the podcasting medium was the right fit for them, and how their site complements their recorded content.

    Culture
  9. 10 About Pages We Love

    There’s no magic formula for a great About page. Here are 10 effective but very different examples.

    Identity
    About page illustration at thefrancofly, the site of Jessie Kanelos Weiner.
  10. Afrobella

    Created by Patrice Grell Yursik, Afrobella is an award-winning natural hair, skincare, beauty, and lifestyle blog “celebrating women all shades of beautiful.”

    Business
    Image courtesy of Afrobella
  11. It Gets Better

    Visit the revamped website of the It Gets Better Project to browse an archive with thousands of video stories, and to learn about their mission to empower LGBTQ youth around the world.

    Diversity
  12. “Just having a mix of people (diversity) doesn’t mean anything fundamentally changes. And tolerance is terrible; I tolerate my annual mammogram but I certainly don’t like or look forward to it.”

    Culture
  13. Eight Nights, More Lights

    “For much of my life, I’ve thought that it hasn’t mattered that I’m Jewish, that it in no way changes how I live in the world… Now I think it matters a lot that I’m Jewish. Though it has nothing to do with what I believe — and everything to do with what other people believe. They think I’m different.”

    Identity
  14. Eulogy For an Aging Book Guy

    “Because to everything there is a season, and the season for ‘trying on identities like costumes’ is somewhere between the ages of seventeen and twenty-six. Anything beyond that, and all you’re actually doing is simply ‘wearing a costume.’”

    Books
  15. I’m Black, and I think Richard Spencer Should Speak At The University of Michigan

    “Let him expand upon all his twisted thoughts and ideals on a grand stage. Let him see just how meaningless his words really are, because at the end of the day he can’t change what we are.”

    Academia