Mission/Vision

Mission

The mission of The Feminist Wire is to provide socio-political and cultural critique of anti-feminist, racist, and imperialist politics pervasive in all forms and spaces of private and public lives of individuals globally. Of particular critical interest to us are social and political phenomena that block, negate, or limit the satisfaction of goods or ends that humans, especially the most vulnerable, minimally require for living free of structural violence. The Feminist Wire seeks to valorize and sustain pro-feminist representations and create alternative frameworks to build a just and equitable society.

Vision

The founding of this site was inspired by a deep sense of crisis, shared by many, regarding the state of the U.S. nation and society at large, including popular misperceptions about the achievements of feminist critique and practice. Some of the concerns that we believe need immediate attention are:

  • Our shattered political culture brought on by our country’s political regimes to pursue wars in the name of nation and democracy while at the same time abandoning a vision of social justice at home and abroad.
  • The threat to democratic possibilities induced by rampant corporatism and unbridled neo-liberal economic practices; as an accompaniment to the latter, American society is permeated by propaganda most demonstratively expressed by media sources defined by a commitment to unrelenting right-wing doxa.
  • The lapse of sustained citizen participation, engaged dialogue, and the ongoing dismantling of the public sphere.
  • The threats to women’s reproductive freedom and health, exacerbated by violence directed at medical personnel and health-care givers, and as exemplified by misogynist Religious Right propaganda and public policy.
  • The failure of America’s political class to act honestly, democratically, and boldly in the current political climate and to do so along a series of faultlines and stress points, i.e., comprehensive immigration reform, campaign finance reform, health care, economic justice, and industrial policy, among them.
  • The impact of neoliberal policies on girls, women, and non-normatively gendered bodies throughout the world; the dangers besieging the most vulnerable because of cultures of war, militarism, and patriarchy.
  • The dangers of “presentism” unleavened by a respect for national histories as these conjunct with and shape other national histories, elsewhere.
  • Recognizing differences, we reflect on the global impact of patriarchy and structural violence, highlighting intersections, interconnectness, and potential for coalitions and mutual solidarity.

Each of these issues has the potential to open out into many others.  It is our intention that The Feminist Wire will intervene by making common cause with voices and visions similar to our own.

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Arts & Culture

  • Remembering and Honoring Toni Cade Bambara Sanchez

    Sonia Sanchez: What are we pretending not to know today? The premise as you said, my sister, being that colored people on planet earth really know everything there is to know. And if one is not coming to grips with the knowledge, it must mean that one is either scared or pretending to be stupid.

  • Hunger Kwame Laughing Foto

    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

  • Stroller (A Screenplay) Black families and community

    Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.

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