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200 Black Men Ask POTUS: What About Our Sisters?

May 30, 2014
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Today, the White House released a report that was spearheaded by an interagency task force organized to advise President Obama on the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) policy initiative. Announcing the Initiative in February, Mr. Obama expressed hope that, “By focusing on the critical challenges, risk factors, and opportunities for boys and young men of color at...
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Finding Your Different

April 28, 2014
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By Vaidehi Mujumdar  We’ve already buried so much of our different, it feels so hard to find. Almost every day, my friend and I exchange poetry, current articles, quotes, and the casual Buzzfeed posts in an effort to satiate our love of reading. We live in different places, work different jobs, and have different...
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Posted in Academia, Bodies, College Feminisms, Culture, Education, Family, Feminism, History, Immigration, Love, Politics, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, U.S., Uncategorized, White Privilege, Whiteness, World, Writing | 3 Comments »

Gazes: The Politics of Sex

April 25, 2014
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By Natalie Hartsfield-Crowe   He didn’t want to fuck me from across the street. But he did notice my fine gold fish net hair then right as he passed me, I peeked up and shot him my “look.”   He was bold and knew exactly how to return the look showing me he wanted...
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A Love Note….

March 7, 2014
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We called for your support — this time, financial — to help The Feminist Wire build its infrastructure and pay for our subscriptions for Submittable and BlueHost. These things help us undertake the labor we do for you, our readers and supporters. And you responded! We believe in the power of love and in...
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Sound Off: Black Women Writers Respond to Rihanna’s “Pour it Up”

October 11, 2013
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Sound Off: Black Women Writers Respond to Rihanna’s “Pour it Up”

Given all of the responses,  mostly negative, to Rihanna’s “Pour it Up” video, TFW decided to invite a few of our favorite black women writers to sound off. Their responses remind us that there is much to consider regarding respectability politics, power, violence, sex, sex positivity, sexuality, agency, popular culture, womanhood, and much else among...
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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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