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Feminists We Love: Carol Anshaw

May 16, 2014
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Carol Anshaw

Born and raised in Chicago, I find myself perpetually drawn to writers who live and work there—and who make the city a character in their stories. I’ve been reading Chicagoan Carol Anshaw’s work for years, having discovered her through the novel Aquamarine. In that book, 17-year old Jesse Austin misses a chance for Olympic gold...
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Expectations: Intimate Feminisms Embodied

May 9, 2014
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Gayle and Erin

By Erin Durban-Albrecht and Monica J. Casper   Our intention in collating this Mothers Day montage for The Feminist Wire is to celebrate women’s contributions to feminist social movements through creating and nourishing little people. More specifically, we want to make visible an important form of women’s reproductive work that is so often invisibilized—unless,...
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Women, Men, Horses, and the Wild, Wild West: An Interview with Deanne Stillman

March 5, 2014
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Women, Men, Horses, and the Wild, Wild West: An Interview with Deanne Stillman

I met Deanne Stillman in September 2013, and it seemed we had a great deal to discuss. We talked on a breezy, warm day at a Starbucks near the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, covering topics ranging from writing, to violence against women, to militarization—all issues of great interest to both of us....
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If Wishes Were Fishes: A Love Letter to Our Daughters

October 11, 2013
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If Wishes Were Fishes: A Love Letter to Our Daughters

Today is International Day of the Girl Child. A celebration of girls the world over, this day also marks the absence of educational and other opportunities from many girls’ lives and the presence of far too much violence, from sexual assault to child marriage to hate crimes, especially for girls of color and those...
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LoveMaps: Nurturing Digital Activism for Social Justice

September 9, 2013
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LoveMaps: Nurturing Digital Activism for Social Justice

A workshop was held at the University of Arizona on September 7, 2013, called “LoveMaps for Middle School: Nurturing Digital Activism for Social Justice.” This project, funded by the HASTAC Digital Media Learning Competition, is a collaboration between The Feminist Wire, the UA Gender and Women’s Studies Department, and the UA Women in Science...
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Feminists We Love: Amy Wheeler

August 23, 2013
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Amy Wheeler, Hedgebrook, and feminism

In 2000, I left my ex and a slew of memories in Santa Cruz and relocated to Whidbey Island, Washington, where I secured a sweet little yellow cottage with a view of Useless Bay, fruit trees in the yard, and half an acre of peace and solitude. Depending on which way I drove home...
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No Justice for Trayvon: White Women in the Jury Box

July 17, 2013
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No Justice for Trayvon: White Women in the Jury Box

During the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, considerable media coverage surrounded the selection of six women for jury duty. Perhaps, some speculated, an all-woman jury would be more sympathetic to the Martin family, recognizing the profound loss of a dead child. Or perhaps women are the “fairer” sex and would be able to more humanely...
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Feminists We Love: Sandra Fluke

July 5, 2013
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Although best known for her advocacy for gender equality and reproductive justice, for the last decade, Sandra Fluke has devoted her career to public interest advocacy for numerous social justice concerns, including LGBTQ rights, worker rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, and international human rights, often focusing on the impact to communities of color. Her...
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On Guns, Fetuses, and “Pro-Life” Hypocrisy

April 15, 2013
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On Guns, Fetuses, and “Pro-Life” Hypocrisy

Last week, while grieving parents of the children killed in Newtown were tearfully urging gun control measures, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) boldly launched—to well deserved criticism—a new “pro-life” campaign slogan: “If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted.” The slogan, printed on a campaign bumper sticker, is a ridiculous statement from a politician known...
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Feminists We Love: Liora K

April 12, 2013
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Liora K is an Arizona photographer who produces art not only for work and pleasure, but also for Feminism. When I first discovered Liora’s provocative and powerful images, it was in the context of her feminist project featuring text written on women’s nude bodies. My collaborator (Soraya Chemaly) and I were looking for images...
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