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ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: Being a Feminist at Fourteen

March 9, 2015
J. Howard Miller's "We Can Do It!" poster from 1943

By Olivia Emin I go to a school where the boys outnumber the girls. This isn’t a small difference; there are pretty much two and a half boys for every girl. I never noticed the difference until now. Since Emma Watson’s iconic speech, gender politics has been a hot topic at my school. I...
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March 6, 2015
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By Rebecca Miller   The night is a prison for rainbows. Light-deprived prisms and spectrums of grey. Bowls of fake fruit as centerpieces And gift-wrapped sweets in corners of the call house. Men unpeeling the iridescent packaging From their mint condition crystal carapaces. Coasters strewn with wisps of candied zest, Tough luck burlesque.   ***************************** Montreal-born and raised, Rebecca Miller is...
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Confronting the Rhetoric of “Black on Black Crime”: A Response to Derailing Strategies

March 5, 2015
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By Xhercis Méndez This article is dedicated to all those who seek to produce justice in the face of state sanctioned violence vis-à-vis police brutality, or what is understood in its sanitized version as “excessive force” targeting marginalized communities. Here, I define and examine a set of derailing strategies currently being used by mainstream...
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Posted in Activism, Black life matters, Criminal Justice, Justice, Militarization, Politics, Privilege, Racism, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, White Supremacy | 2 Comments »

On the Eating of Tails by Lily Hoang

March 4, 2015
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On the Eating of Tails Once I wrote a miniature book that I called a novellete that I called Webcam Sex and it was about webcam sex and it was written in a style that was a mockery of Tao Lin and Marie Calloway because I was bitter and this was years ago and...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: “Real” Women: A Critique of “Feminist” Transphobia

March 3, 2015

By Rebecca Long As awareness of the harmful affects of the presentation of distorted female bodies in media and advertising has risen, so too has the use of phrase “real woman.” Generally employed by advertisers in campaigns like Aerie Real and Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty,” the term is often applied to images of...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Audre Lorde, Bodies, Capitalism, College Feminisms, Culture, Economy, Education, Feminism, Heteronormativity, History, Justice, LGBTQI, media, New Media, Patriarchy, Politics, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, sexual violence, Stereotypes, Violence, White Privilege, White Supremacy | 6 Comments »

COLLEGE FEMINISMS: And We Sat: Violence against the Bodies of Diversity and Transparency (DAT) Student Movement at Syracuse University

February 27, 2015
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By Farrell Greenwald Brenner The ultimate connection cannot be the enemy. The ultimate connection must be the need that we find between us. It is not only who you are, in other words, but what we can do for each other that will determine the connection. – June Jordan, “Report from the Bahamas, 1982″...
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Clap Back: Why I’m Here for Amber Rose and Black Women’s Sexual Agency

February 26, 2015
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By Ashleigh Shackelford After hearing Kanye West’s comments in his interview on “The Breakfast Club,” where he spoke on his prior relationship with Amber Rose, I decided that I can no longer defend or support Black men who degrade Black women to uplift non-Black women. Kanye West has proven to be a problematic fave for most...
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ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: Three Poems on Being a Girl

February 26, 2015
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By Kirstin Stevely     Hush Little One   Hush little one, don’t say a word, Still knowing nothing of the big wide world. Nobody has told you what you must be, When you look in a mirror, it’s you that you see.   Hush pretty baby, go to sleep, Close your eyes, not...
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February 25, 2015
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By Nora Kervroëdan     Mama always told me I should not complain. Stop whining, she would say. Be happy with what you’ve got. I was not sure I knew what she meant, but I believed her anyway. I believed everything Mama told me because when she had to raise her child on her...
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Selections from Sequoia Maner, Mahogany L. Browne, Veronica Golos, JP Howard, and Zanzooba Magdoos – Finalists for our Poetry Contest

February 25, 2015

The following 5 pieces were finalists for our 1st TFW Poetry Contest, judged by Evie Shockley. Please click the above link for an audio recording of “Black Boy Contrapuntal” by Sequoia Maner. Sequoia Maner is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Bachelors...
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