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First-person essays and interviews with unique perspectives on complicated issues.

When I twerked onstage with Lizzo, it was an act of political defiance

Money Talks: They laid out finances on their first date. Then they retired at 38 and 41.

The way forward for Me Too, according to founder Tarana Burke

I listened to the Supreme Court argue about my rights as a trans person. I have never felt more frustrated.

The best $1.16 I ever spent: a set of loaded Dungeons & Dragons dice

The Supreme Court is finally taking on trans rights. Here’s the woman who started it all.

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Why HR is powerless to effectively handle sexual harassment claims

What happens after you report sexual harassment and hear nothing?

The real reason Amber Guyger was convicted

The true tale of a bona fide, one-of-a-kind “Lobster Girl”

I confronted Jeff Flake during the Kavanaugh hearings. One year later, I regret nothing.

Greta Thunberg became a climate activist not in spite of her autism, but because of it

The best $1.50 I ever spent: a kneadable eraser

6 Native leaders on what it would look like if the US kept its promises

I’m a Latina who went to an elite institution. Kavanaugh culture dominates.

Money Talks: She moved home to save money — and her mom never wants her to leave

Caroline Calloway and our obsession with feminine deceit

The best $80 I ever spent: TSA PreCheck

’90s erotic thrillers and the satisfaction of watching women burn the world

Money Talks: She makes triple his salary

On eating watermelon in front of white people: “I’m not as free as I thought”

The best $190 I ever spent: a fan to ease my perimenopause

5 things people still get wrong about slavery

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Money Talks

Money Talks: He has a kid, she doesn’t

The case against summer camp

I faced Larry Nassar in court. Epstein’s accusers should have had the same chance.

Fake autism treatments show the lengths parents will go to “cure” their kids

The best $60 I ever spent: a palm reading that helped me find my way

Is wealth immoral?

Why we should let more foreign doctors practice in America

The best $14 I ever spent: a wipes warmer when I had postpartum depression

I’m a former Parkland student. I am sick of lawmakers’ empty tweets.

How to politely smoke weed

Money Talks: one spouse had student loans, the other paid it all off

From diagnostics to autopsy to burial, stillbirths are alarmingly expensive in America

2020 Democrats are tweeting about the murders of black trans women. Where are their policies?

How a Bay Area ban on feeding squirrels and birds ended up saving their lives

A day in name-changing court

A sick pet, and an unthinkable choice

The best $42.92 I ever spent: a handful of junky Forever 21 jewelry