Zerlina Maxwell

Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and contributing writer for various online and print publications. She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality. She is also a democratic commentator on Fox News and MSNBC. She has a J.D. from Rutgers Law School – Newark and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Dylan Byers and the Scourge of Privileged Defensiveness

Byers' response to Ta-Nehisi Coates calling Melissa Harris-Perry "America's foremost public intellectual" illustrates an important problem: People in positions of privilege frequently have blind spots for the work, achievements, and culture of people who are different than them.

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Many feminist activists are no longer content with having a martyrdom complex, which almost makes it a competition to see who has sacrificed more for the cause.