Archive for August, 2013

An Open Letter to Our Sister, CeCe McDonald

August 31, 2013
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An Open Letter to Our Sister, CeCe McDonald

By Brothers Writing to Live  Dear CeCe, This letter to you, sister, is past due. We are late to the struggle. And for that we are sorry. But like so many other moments of solidarity–especially those that come after crises have already ripped apart the lives of would-be comrades–we now show up as allies...
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Dear Facebook Friend: A Primer on Racism

August 30, 2013
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Dear Facebook Friend: A Primer on Racism

By LaKisha Simmons In response to your racist memes and our ensuing discussion. You believe that race “doesn’t matter in today’s day,” that you treat all people as human, and that you do not see race.  In your heart you are color blind. But racism does not live in hearts.  Racism is not about your...
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Feminists We Love: Cheryl Cooky

August 30, 2013
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Cheryl Cooky is an Associate Professor of Health & Kinesiology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Purdue University. She earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), where she also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies. She also earned an M.S. in Sports Studies and a...
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Miley’s Big Foam Finger Is Pointing At You: Stereotypes Plus Objectification Equals $$$

August 29, 2013
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big foam finger, miley's racism, racism and miley cyrus

By Hope Wabuke I swore I wasn’t going to write about Miley Cyrus. Enough people have already done it. Enough good ink has been spilled over our celebrity culture, impressionable youth and twerking—over Miley’s tongue and Miley’s big foam finger and Miley’s possible teddy bear fetish. But because no one else has said it,...
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Three Poems by Meredith Trede

August 28, 2013
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By Meredith Trede     Surviving Birds   As you pack, you tell me the swans attacked during your dawn river swim. Their fierce wings beat a hiss of chase. You say swans protect their space. I say they don’t want men near their young. What do these swans know? And what chance did...
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Race and The Invisible Cloak of “Black”

August 28, 2013
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Race in America: a story on becoming racialized with blackness while an immigrant

By Kuukua Yomekpe Two years into living in the U.S. a carload of Anglo American boys tried to run my two younger sisters and me over in an empty parking lot, yelling epithets, revving up their engine and doing donuts. Among the words, “Nigger” stood out. Not “monkey” not “jungle” but “Nigger.” It was 1997....
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A Critical Analysis of Orange Is The New Black: The Appropriation Of Women Of Color

August 28, 2013
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Orange Is the New Black

By Mohadesa Najumi Since finishing NetFlix’s hit new series “Orange Is the New Black” about a 32-year old white woman named Piper Chapman, who serves 15 months in an upstate New York women’s prison, I have had mixed feelings about the show’s underlying themes. I greatly support its address of queer and trans issues. However, I...
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***UPDATED***Call for Submissions: TFW Forum on Disabilities, Ableism, and Disability Studies

August 27, 2013
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Forum Editors: Eddie Ndopu, Heather Laine Talley, and Monica J. Casper At TFW, we aim to not only produce feminist content but to embody our feminism through our editorial process. As such, we engage in ongoing dialogue with many of our writers. We mentor unpublished (and published) contributors through processes of revision. And when...
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A Trip to Richmond

August 27, 2013
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A trip to Richmond, Virginia, feminist analysis

By Starita Smith Richmond, Virginia is the ultimate recycling of the human experience. It is like an urban trompe l’oeil in which places where atrocities had been committed upon enslaved people have been transformed in the most charming ways by the passage of time, gentrification, and repurposing. Lacy iron work, sturdy brick row houses,...
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Date Rape: The Aftermath

August 26, 2013
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By Anonymous I should have known before reading Brittany Burton’s essay, “You Have No Idea,” that it would reopen what I thought I’d so carefully packed away. As I read, I felt for her as I thought that her rape must have been so much worse than mine. I wanted to tell her that...
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  • “Paws” by Tracy Burkholder tracy

    Paws   In sixth grade, I started to envy certain girls’ hands. Not always manicured, but always neat. Fingers thin and smooth. These hands gently freed sheets of paper from their metal spirals and lifted loops of hair to more beautiful perches. Lunch trays floated inside their gentle grip while [...]

  • 3 Poems by Holly Mitchell holly

    Slipping Under   Like a ghost, I prepare a bath behind a door   that hasn’t locked long as I remember.   When my mother or grandmother knocks at the open door,   I obscure what they call my “new breasts” under the soap water   and focus on the [...]

  • Excerpts from Damnation by Janice Lee janice

    CONFESSION Sometimes one willingly enters a dark and empty space, the creaking of the loose boards below, the phantom moonlight above. · I had a dream that I was carrying a wounded deer in my arms. He lay there limp, depending on me completely and solely for the permission to [...]