How to (Quite Possibly) Make (Girl)friends and Influence People…By Not Acting Like a Jerk

“It seems to me that truly decent, above-board and non-threatening conversational overtures often get lost in the cascading white noise of street harassment and responses to it,” writes N.C. Harrison.

What a Pair of Great Big Apes Taught Me About Brotherhood

“Little moments of brotherhood deserve our attention, even when they happen between a pair of great, big, hairy apes,” writes N.C. Harrison.

Good Fantasy Writing…and Good Men

N.C. Harrison discusses David Eddings, the fantasy writer whose approachable, down-to-earth work helped Harrison face many challenges of his own.

How a Good Man Battled Racism and Died for It…And Why We Have to Keep Fighting a Hundred Years Later

Historian Louis Venters reexamines the life of a forgotten African-American intellectual and religious leader, and explains why the battle for racial justice is neverending.

Leaning In: Why Liz Lemon and Liv Benson are the Same Person, and What Men Can Learn From Them

As someone who strives to balance his personal and professional obligations, N.C. Harrison finds himself identifying with the protagonists of 30 Rock and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

The Hijab, Feminism, and Globalization

Angelus Morningstar discusses the many problems with a ban on Islamic religious clothing.

Why I Empathize with Jessa Duggar…and Why Empathy Can Revolutionize the Internet

“Empathy and good feelings can make the Internet a better and safer place for everyone,” writes N.C. Harrison.

How Political Comedy Culture Breeds Social Apathy

Contemporary American political satirists such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver provide comic relief in the face of social injustice, but humor can undermine the fight to address serious issues.

Arrow Dynamics: Why I’ll Never, Ever Stop Aiming for the Target

N.C. Harrison discusses how archery practice has helped him cope with rejection.

Promiscuity Without Entitlement, for Men

Angelus Morningstar explains how men can enjoy being promiscuous without having to resort to pick-up tactics and other behaviors that can demean their sexual partners.

It’s All About Empathy: Having a Daughter CAN Make You More Aware of Women’s Issues (Seriously!)

“A father who becomes awakened to the issues of women because of the tiny life that he has helped to create has become, by any measure, a better person,” writes N.C. Harrison.

The Dynamics of Polyamory and Couple Privilege

“Polyamory must be tailored to personal circumstances; it is broad enough include both relationships that are entirely fluid, and ones that reinforce patterns of stability,” writes Angelus Morningstar.

Three Cheers for Cartoon Characters Who Don’t Conform To Gender Roles

N.C. Harrison examines an animated series that’s challenged one gender stereotype after another.

Misogynistic Commenters Attacked A Female Video Game Critic. Here’s Why Some of Them Should Have Been Silenced

“If there was a push to block trolls and their commentary, you would deny them their voice and reduce their opinions to irrelevance,” writes Angelus Morningstar.

Why the Uncool Kids Ask All the Tough Questions and Do All the Important Work

“If we all want to be one of the conformist cool kids, then nothing will ever get done because it is the uncool kids who do all the world’s innovative work,” writes seminarian N.C. Harrison.

I Grew Up Brown in a White Family…and Here’s What I Learned About Racism

“My brownness isn’t something to be blind to or to love me in spite of. It is who I am,” writes activist Candice Russell.