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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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TFW salutes Collective Member Aimee Meredith Cox on the publication of her new book: Shapeshifters

March 27, 2015
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“In Shapeshifters Aimee Meredith Cox explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves. Based on eight years of fieldwork at the Fresh Start shelter, Cox shows how the shelter’s residents—who range in age from fifteen to twenty-two—employ strategic methods she characterizes as choreography to disrupt...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: REMINDER Call for Forum Submissions on Campus Violence, Resistance, and Strategies for Survival

March 27, 2015
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REMINDER: PLEASE SUBMIT BY 3/30/15 AND PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! “COLLECTIVE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS”:  CAMPUS VIOLENCE, RESISTANCE, AND STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL Editors: Martina “Mick” Powell (guest editor) and Heather M. Turcotte ~~~ In 2014, over fifty US college and university collectives filed formal Title IX complaints against their institutions for a variety of reasons, including the mishandling of sexual assault cases by the administration.  Students, faculty, and staff nationwide continue to...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Cultural Plagiarism

March 25, 2015
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By Shantel Perry   Cultural appropriation is a continuing epidemic in the United States (US). Yes I said it, Black Culture (although we are not the only ones) is being eroded and manipulated by Whites who steal elements of Black Culture, adapt them for dominant and mainstream use, and rebrand them as popular, new, and acceptable for the masses. This is cultural plagiarism. But let me step back for...
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Prose Poem: Containment Narrative

March 25, 2015
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Prose Poem: Containment Narrative

By Clare Louise Harmon     I dressed blackunderwearredbra I worried that the strap would be seen & then I remembered I didn’t careatall fucktheorchestra and its fuckingdresscode skinnyjeansblackboots and crammed concertblack balledup I walked to the hall wrinkledclothes writhedatthethought of performance unpacked the viola to violentclouds of rosindust slippedpegs & then I remembered the timeofyear changeofseasons is such a bitch for stringplayers I shared a stand with Luciano...
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In This City, You’re Not Alone: Interview with Rose Pierre-Louis

March 23, 2015
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In This City, You’re Not Alone: Interview with Rose Pierre-Louis

By Maria E. Hengeveld When Bill de Blasio took office as Mayor of New York City in January 2014, he chose Rose Pierre-Louis to head his Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV). As the Commissioner of this office, Pierre-Louis is responsible for raising awareness around domestic violence amongst New Yorkers and supporting victims of all genders, backgrounds, and ages to get the support they need for healing, safety, and...
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ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: The Lucky Ones [Trigger Warning: Discusses Sexual Abuse]

March 23, 2015
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By Nicolette Natale                                      This is how her story starts: “This is what I remember. My lips were cut. I bit down on them when he grabbed me from behind and covered my mouth. He said these words: ‘I’ll kill you if you scream.’ I remained motionless. ‘Do you understand? If you...
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TFW Associate Editor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan Publishes Blue Talk and Love

March 20, 2015
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TFW congratulates Associate Editor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D. on the publication of her new short story collection entitled Blue Talk and Love!
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No One’s Daughter

March 19, 2015
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Last week in class, we watched Queen, a Bollywood film about a middle-class Indian woman who, after she is jilted by her fiancé, decides to spend her “honeymoon” alone. She chooses Paris and Amsterdam because she always wanted to go there. During our discussion of female empowerment as a persistent theme in contemporary Bollywood films, including Queen, a female student asked, “But why does she need to leave India...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: When She Breaks Your Heart: A Collection of Poems

March 18, 2015
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By Ray Fraizer ~~~   Fear   Tell me what fear is when you’re going eighty on E smoking what your father smelled like when you were fifteen turning away from his embrace   When you have a bleeding in your brain from trying too damn hard to be brave   Lie down and watch the structure of what you thought would be home in your heart forever splinter...
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Poem: “existing while being female”

March 18, 2015
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By Jenuine Poetess     I don’t want to wear special nail polish don’t want to pay for self-defense classes don’t want to maintain this hyper-vigilance don’t want to feel this persistent dull ache of distrust of most men   I don’t want to stay in after dark don’t want to be scolded for walking myself to my car because I go out on my own because I don’t...
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Reclaiming the Narrative: On #SurvivorLoveLetter, Community, and Radical Healing

March 16, 2015
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By Michelle Denise Jackson On Valentine’s Day 2009, I had sex for the very first time. It was my sophomore year of college, and I had fallen in love with an older guy who worked in the same grocery store I did. Even though he and I weren’t in a committed relationship, I loved him and I knew (at the time) I wanted him to be the first person...
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