Archive for September 8th, 2013

I Love So That I May Teach

September 8, 2013
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healing, forgiving, and teaching

By Linh Hua In July 2008, my last formal teacher was brutally murdered. The formulation of that sentence—the recognition of that particular loss—only just recently became possible for me. My memories of the few years following his death are vague at best. I experienced my grief deeply and palpably, feeling the brokenness of my...
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Op-Ed: You’re Pregnant? What a Shame!

September 8, 2013
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A feminist op-ed on pregnancy, shame, and appropriate responses to life choices; child-free and unmarried by choice; pregnant.

By Laura Phelps If you’re an English language teacher, like me, you’ll be familiar with the concept of adjacency pairs. These are call-and-response phrases that occur in conversation, like “How are you?” “Fine, thanks.” which are more or less fixed. It’s not really an option to bring up the tenner you think you might...
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Earle J. Fisher on Love as a Radical Act

September 8, 2013
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love that liberates

By Rev. Earle J. Fisher Sadly, it seems that love has become synonymous with cheap and self-centered lust. Radical individualism has overridden communal and corporate compassion. This is what makes pure and loving expressions radical praxis in contemporary culture. The litmus test between love and lust, however, is pain.  Love, in practice, propels us past...
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Rashida Harrison on Love as a Radical Act

September 8, 2013
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speak truth to power

By Rashida Harrison To be a feminist, for me, is a work of love.  However, it was not until I wrote my dissertation, drawing on Audre Lorde (for both research and inspiration), that I internalized the radical capability of love.  I imagine the proverbial “speak truth to power” as “Speaking/Writing Love to Power.”   This...
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Love (self-, romantic, solidarity) SMASHES Patriarchy and Rape Culture

September 8, 2013
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Love SMASHES Patriarchy and Rape Culture

By Nicole Burres of SMASH Patriarchy and Rape Culture Nicole Burres, a member of SMASH Patriarchy and Rape Culture, asked a series of people about how patriarchy and rape culture affected them. Most chose to remain anonymous, but two @LoriAdorable and @JollySaintBitch, are active on twitter. These animated interviews give a face to the...
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Strikeout by Stacey Balkun

September 8, 2013
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Marianne Moore

By Stacey Balkun Love note for Marianne Moore, 1887-1972, American modernist poet and baseball fan. Marianne—I’m running out of time. I’m reading you again, marking the pages like a cryptic playbook; I’m pasting your face to the corner of my mirror. I like televised sports well enough but the stadium is so loud I...
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Andre E. Johnson on Self-Love

September 8, 2013
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self-love

By Andre E. Johnson The most radical love is self-love. In fact, I suggest that in order to love others, one must be able to fully love oneself. It is the foundation that all other love is based and grounded. This is not a new or novel concept. This was a type of love...
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Prayer by Claire Askew

September 8, 2013
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Claire Askew

By Claire Askew for Steve I almost can’t help it. Sometimes it just comes fizzing up through me – the white noise of lightning rattling the radio tower – the need to stand in a silent room a mile away from logic or earshot and just say thank you. Or sorry. Or help me...
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  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Kate Rushin: I see the whole thing played out. I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped. My story is reduced to filler buried in the back of the paper, on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
photograph: ©Elizabeth Ho

    M. Nzadi Keita: what you remember/ starts with a smile/ a raw edge/ a single snip/ from the someone dead

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
©Susan J. Ross

    Alice Lovelace: Toni Cade made an art of living/ Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved/ Toni listened and we were validated/ She is the breast that fed our union/ Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment.

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