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On Sustainability and Change at TFW

February 24, 2015
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A note from the Editorial Collective… The Feminist Wire is growing and changing, and we’re trying to do so in sustainable ways that honor our time and labor — and yours. You may not know that TFW is an entirely volunteer and unpaid operation, a labor of love and commitment. We are reading submissions, but we’re reading them more slowly than usual as we plan and regroup. Thank you for...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Oncofeminism

April 20, 2015
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By Petra Jans Science has always been my calling, but it was not until I started studying feminism at Colorado College that I began to see the ways in which science was conflicting with my being a woman. Though I am now an aspiring physician scientist drawn to cancer research, studying feminism has revealed how science and medicine are deeply entrenched in sexism and patriarchy. Hence, I hope to...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: EXTENSION for Forum Submissions on Campus Violence, Resistance, and Strategies for Survival

April 17, 2015
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PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! EXTENSION FOR SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 1, 2015 Thank you to everyone who has submitted to the College Feminisms Forum!  Each of these pieces provide important insight into the discussion and we are grateful for your courage to share your work with us.  We have received a number of requests for an extension to submit items to the Forum due to the time and labor limitations of the...
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Killing Me Softly: On the Power of “No”

April 16, 2015
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By Fiona Helmsley When it comes to sex, “no means no” has entered into mainstream thought as a concept; hopefully, in a much more effective way than the last big no-should-be-enough campaign. That one just led to a lot of kids seeing Nancy Reagan’s face in their weed the first time they smoked pot. But what about the smaller nos in the lives of women, and the consequences to...
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2 poems by DarkMatter

April 15, 2015
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the bible belt by Alok Vaid-Menon i am back in my hometown when i receive the news that Leelah, a 17 year old trans woman in ohio, committed suicide by walking in front of a truck. the article refers to her by her birth name and gender and i remember that “rest in peace” is a luxury only afforded to bodies whose violence ends with death. i am sitting in...
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Profiting from Rape: Sexual Violence and the Capitalist State

April 9, 2015
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By Kelly Rose Pflug-Back Rape culture. Although a somewhat new term, it unveils a truth which countless women and girls have known on both an intellectual and a visceral level since the advent of patriarchy: that sexualized violence and the objectification of female bodies underpins the fabric of mainstream society. Rape, when it comes down to it, is normal. Society often feels neutral towards its perpetrators (provided that they are...
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Photography Feature: On Beauty and Age

April 8, 2015
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By Sheri Wright What is aged or overlooked can often be a source of beauty, if approached from a different perspective, one from a desire to find stories. I seek out visual tales that lay hidden among rust, abandoned places and the unique. I feel that characters develop only through weathering, that the patina of rust emotes stories and that textures are like words on the page we can feel...
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TFW’s Co-Founder Tamura A. Lomax Invited to The Harvard Kennedy School

April 6, 2015
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The Feminist Wire‘s own Tamura A. Lomax, co-founder, will be participating in the 11th Annual Black Policy Conference at The Harvard Kennedy School this week. She will be moderating a panel on race, police militarization, and accountability. If you are in the area, please come out.
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Can the Somali Speak?: Open Letter to Dr. Markus Hoehne and the Somaliland Journal of African Studies

April 6, 2015
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It is with grave concern that we, the undersigned Somali academics, researchers, students, writers, activists, community members and our non-Somali academic and activist allies, write to you today. We are deeply troubled by the extraordinary omission of Somali academics and researchers from the board of editors, international advisory board, and published authors of the newly launched academic journal Somaliland Journal of African Studies (SJAS). We are further disturbed by...
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An Open Letter to Trans Communities and our Co-Conspirators

April 3, 2015
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    In the wake of this year’s Trans100 event, we write this letter with grave concern for the current state of the trans movement, with the intention to address issues that hinder its progress and growth. The Trans100, to quote co-founder Jen Richards, “is an intentionally curated list of out trans people who are working on trans issues in the United States and having a positive impact.” Often...
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Mumia Abu Jamal Needs Your Support

April 3, 2015
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Mumia Abu-Jamal is a journalist and former Black Panther who was convicted and sentenced to death in July 1982 for the alleged murder of a police officer. Activists, celebrities, and political organizations criticized the lack of fairness of his trial, widely considered a frame up. In 2011, Mumia was finally taken off death row after 30 years though he is still incarcerated for life without parole despite being recognized...
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Two Poems: Monica Wendel

April 1, 2015
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By Monica Wendel   Gilgo Beach   We were so sick from dope my mom had to fly from New York to take care of us in the hotel   one woman was my friend, Shane but the other women had been murdered out on Long Island by some John   years ago   so how could they be here if they were dead   when we got more...
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