Feminism’s Identity Crisis

I recently came across a deeply personal, acutely intelligent examination of the shortcomings of sex-positive feminism that once again reminded me of the limits of feminist dialectics. Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, like most self-described feminists I know, has experienced an expression of feminism that doesn’t fit her identity. This leads to her criticism of that feminism, […]

Beyond Deliberative Democracy

Not a single Republican lawmaker attended last week’s 50th anniversary memorial of the March on Washington. Their absence made headlines, stoking the flames of partisan politics, and foreshadowing a moral contest for the 2014 midterm elections. It was nothing less than a perfect opportunity to manipulate a country sold on the promises of deliberative democracy, […]

McCutcheon v. FEC

In case you missed the news this summer, [or aren’t subscribed to Public Campaign’s Daily Clips — which you can fix now, here] the Supreme Court set a date to hear McCutcheon v. FEC, a case that challenges aggregate campaign contribution limits. On October 8, 2013, the folks who opened the floodgates for outside spending […]

Why I May Never Get Married

Last year, while visiting my sister and her family in Colorado, my then three year old niece broke a glorious moment of silence at dinner with six dreadful words: “Aunt Szeli, where is your husband?” I told her I didn’t have one, but she was not satisfied. She demanded to know why I didn’t have […]

This Is Not Okay

When Aaron Swartz took his life earlier this year, enough people spoke up about the tragedy that I felt I not only had no right to, but I didn’t have to. My boss, Aaron’s friend, was amongst the most vocal. I barely knew Aaron, or the law, so what could I possibly add? And then […]