Gender Reporter and Columnist Akiba Solomon writes about race, gender, the assaults on women's reproductive healthcare and rights, and how women of color and poor women stand to lose the most.
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by Akiba Solomon on August 5 2011, 12:45PM
What started among college activists in Toronto has exploded into a global movement, with some fuzzy racial politics. But feminist filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons explains why she’s taking the stage at her hometown’s SlutWalk tomorrow.
by Akiba Solomon on August 2 2011, 10:23AM
The Obama administration said yes to full insurance coverage for women’s contraceptives, STD screenings and other preventive measure. Fine print aside, they’ve done the right thing.
by Akiba Solomon on July 26 2011, 1:48PM
With her credibility in question and the prosecution wavering, Nafissatou Diallo, the Sofitel maid at the center of the DSK rape case, has joined the media circus. Brace yourself for a rape culture extravaganza.
by Akiba Solomon on July 22 2011, 12:59PM
A new report recommends that the feds force insurance companies to fully cover birth control pills, STD screenings and other women’s health musts under health reform. It’s up to us to make them listen.
by Akiba Solomon on July 20 2011, 10:03AM
In an attempt at rebranding, Summer’s Eve feminine hygiene products now have a racially coded identity. It really stinks.
by Akiba Solomon on July 15 2011, 1:49PM
Two new studies involving heterosexual women and men reveal that taking a daily dose of HIV meds can decrease infection risk by well over 50 percent. That’s a “yay” for women of color who bear the brunt of the global pandemic.
by Akiba Solomon on July 11 2011, 10:30AM
The Guinean hotel housekeeper drew the line with the New York Post. I say good for her.
by Akiba Solomon on July 7 2011, 9:28AM
Tweet memes like #TeamLightSkin are the latest example of our insistence that skin-tone obsession is just personal preference. It’s not. Research shows just how much it shapes our lives.
by Akiba Solomon on July 1 2011, 10:20AM
The prosecution that was once so sure of its case against former IMF chief Dominique Strass-Kahn is wavering. Score one for victim-blaming.
Forty years and $1 trillion in, the war on drugs hasn’t worked—unless locking up a massive number of black and brown people was the plan all along.
by Akiba Solomon on June 16 2011, 10:00AM
There’s a historical precedent for Internet hoaxers Tom MacMaster and Bill Graber. And trust that there will be more to come.
by Akiba Solomon on June 3 2011, 10:37AM
Even after federal intervention, Hoosier State Republicans stand by their vendetta against Planned Parenthood. Now, guess who’s really paying the price.
by Akiba Solomon on June 1 2011, 9:24AM
The tardy-for-the-party publication is sorry for hurting black women’s feelings.
by Akiba Solomon on May 27 2011, 8:17AM
What do you do when a group discussion about a touchy-but-ubiquitous subject gets dangerously personal?
by Akiba Solomon on May 25 2011, 2:21PM
Although he lost the election, the former 2 Live Crew frontman argues that his ‘grassroots’ run marks the beginning of his peoples-centered political career, not the end.