Author Archives: Jill Richardson

The White House desperately wants this election to be ‘us’ vs. ‘them’

As the midterms approach, the administration is ratcheting up its attacks on anyone who isn't a straight, white, native-born Christian.

In the days leading up to the election, the news has been scary. “We” are under threat from all sides. “They” are threatening us. Continue reading

Sex and gender aren’t the same thing

The White House says its move to erase the civil rights of 1.4 million transgender Americans is "grounded in science." No it bloody well isn't.

Trump is having a problem with sex, and it’s not exactly what you might think. There are no Russian tapes, spankings with magazines, or confessions of grabbing anyone this time around. Continue reading

Voting matters, but staying engaged matters more

Real change means staying active long after Election Day.

After Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, my Facebook feed filled up with people telling one another to vote in the midterms. “If you don’t like what’s happening in America, vote!” they said. Continue reading

The unbelievable cruelty of the GOP’s Kavanaugh charade

When I hear people shouting on TV that an assault in one's teens doesn't matter, it feels like they're shouting at me, too.

This past week, my private reality and the public reality playing out on the television have diverged. It’s hard to believe that I live in the same world as Senator Chuck Grassley, the Senate judiciary chair trying to Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court. Continue reading

Why women don’t report sexual assault

Delays should never be used to discredit accusers like Christine Blasey Ford.

When Christine Blasey Ford came forward to report that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in 1982, you could cue the response: Why didn’t she speak out then? Why didn’t she go to the police? Continue reading

Imagine our economy as a game of ‘Monopoly’

If you set up the board game like our actual economy, the poorest players quickly run out of money and the rich run away with the game. It's unfair, boring, and exactly what happens in real life.

As a sociology professor in a community college, I have my students play Monopoly. Only, I give them a special, rigged version. Continue reading

Here out West, ‘Smoke Season’ keeps getting worse

Addressing climate change costs money. Wildfires gobbling up our country—and seas swallowing up our shores—costs more.

Right now, much of the west is affected by wildfires. Continue reading

A war on regulations

Are we going to let interest group politics undermine public safety?

The incoming Republican government is waging a war against regulations. Continue reading