Archive for July, 2013

Fiction Feature: "Planets" by Kaitlyn Greenidge

July 31, 2013
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By Kaitlyn Greenidge   We the only girls who leave our walk. We the only girls that travel. All the other girls on our walk, they stay. They never move. They start out standing around in a group all together, but only so boys notice them. Those girls, they don’t move. They don’t leave...
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How to be Black in the Age of Obama, George Zimmerman, and Paula Deen: Notes from Summer, 2013

July 30, 2013
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  Welcome to the impossible future. White people are talking about race. Sometimes, they’ll even talk about racism. Some will say the word “racism” hesitantly, tentatively, as though it’s the name of an exotic food they’re not sure how to pronounce and are even less sure they’d like to taste. But they’ll say it....
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Checking Our Privilege, Working Together: Notes on Virtual Trans* Communities, Truscum Blogs, and the Politics of Transgender Health Care

July 29, 2013
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By Susan Schmitt As I began my gender journey several months ago, I decided to chronicle my transition in a blog. I was first introduced to the Tumblr trans* community four years...
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The Responsibility of Virgins

July 28, 2013
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By Jeniece L. Carter In the year 2013, I am proud to be a virgin.  I find no embarrassment in saying I am pure and have been for 15 years.  I am chemical free, structurally sound, and un-straightened.  In the African-American culture, virgin hair is considered to be “natural” and an outward presentation of strength...
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Originally Amalia

July 26, 2013
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By Amalia Clarice Mora Life is easier, kinder, and more lenient when you are white, and this may be why George Zimmerman decided to downplay his mestizo origins and identify as white/white Hispanic during the Trayvon Martin trial.  Zimmerman is a partially white half-Hispanic, and as such he was already closer to whiteness and...
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Feminists We Love: Michael Kimmel (Video)

July 26, 2013
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Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University, is a nationally-recognized scholar and activist committed to the study of manhood and masculinity.  His book Manhood in America: A Cultural History is a seminal text on the subject.  When the third edition of the text was published in 2011, Christopher Forth...
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“We Ball Harder”: Talking About Sports, Race, Gender, and Pleasure

July 25, 2013
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“We Ball Harder”: Talking About Sports, Race, Gender, and Pleasure

By Tamura A. Lomax, David J. Leonard, Darnell L. Moore, Heather Laine Talley, and Monica J. Casper A few months ago, at the exhilarating height of college basketball season, the university at which one of us teaches won an important game. Right after the big win, the university’s Facebook page screamed, “We Ball Harder!”...
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A Review: "Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth"

July 24, 2013
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By j.n. salters “Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth” (2013). Pratibha Parmar (Director-Screenwriter-Producer) and Co-Produced with Shaheen Hq and Kali Films. Color; 82 minutes. Last night, I set foot in Alice Walker’s garden. And it was beautiful. I found myself within lavender rose petals and forest green shrubs and yellow daffodils. Within stories of destruction...
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2 pieces by Julia Gordon

July 24, 2013
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Walter Closes the Door Gently When somebody dies in this community, the people within, not knowing how else to ease the burden of grief that they cannot unyoke from the mourners’ shoulders, fall back on one thing that they can do: they bring food. Great trays of it. Lasagna and pot roast. Green bean...
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Zimmerman’s Freedom and the Charges Against Me

July 22, 2013
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  The political nature of my charges cannot be over-stated here. To give human rights to a mechanical entity constructed solely for the sake of profit and exploitation is a perversion of those rights and what it means to be a human being. In Florida, a white man walks for the obvious murder of...
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