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Can the Subaltern Catcall?

October 14, 2014
By
Caterine

If we wish to sincerely practice intersectionality in our feminism, then we must look with eyes unclouded by idolization at the white feminists of the past.
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Posted in Black Women, Feminism, media, Personal is Political., Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Reproduction, sexual violence, Sexuality, Stereotypes, White Privilege, White Women, Whiteness, Women of Color | 1 Comment »

CFP: A Forum on “Climate Change and Feminist Environmentalisms”

October 13, 2014
By
climate change

By Cristina Awadalla, Piper Coutinho-Sledge, Alison Criscitiello, and Sonalini Sapra As guest editors of this forum, we created the theme with the intent to create a space critical of imperialism, neo-liberalism, sexism, racism, and other factors that both drive climate change and contribute to the global oppression of women. We know that climate change is...
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Posted in Activism, Capitalism, CFP, Environmentalism, Feminism, intersectionality, Racism, World | No Comments »

Black on Purpose: Race, Inheritance and Queer Reproduction

October 10, 2014
By
Savannah Shange with her partner Kenshata 
and their child Harriet
Source: courtesy of the author

By Savannah Shange On the morning of my insemination, I stood chilly in a paper exam gown rechecking the sperm donor number on the side of the vial.  My partner frantically searched the order email on her phone before we signed, confirming that 7657 was indeed correct.  Since the bank we used had only...
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Posted in Black Girls, Black life matters, Family, intersectionality, LGBTQI, Privilege, Racism, Reproduction, Sexuality, White Supremacy | 2 Comments »

Coffee

October 9, 2014
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Coffee picture

By Shelby Simonsen                 My boyfriend never liked coffee. The rich, bitter, earthy flavor didn’t jive with his tongue. He hated the way the taste clung to my lips; My sigh of content after the first sip.               I only drank coffee for...
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Posted in Bodies, College Feminisms, Feminism, Love, Patriarchy, Poetry, Politics, Sexism, Writing | 3 Comments »

Poem Suite: Monsters

October 8, 2014
By
magical-weave-mirror

In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, two poets explore images of monsters and monstrosity from feminist perspectives.    Mary Shelley: My Mother’s Monsters By Melissa Knox   By the time I came along she bowed to convention She...
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The Myth of Diversity and Critical Thinking in American Academia

October 7, 2014
By
Academic Robes

American ideals about meritocracy and “pulling yourself up by your boot straps” are myths. They simply do not exist. Education in a capitalist system is not designed to take you out of the class you are born into.
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Posted in Academia, Capitalism, Economy, Education, Personal is Political., Privilege, Racism, Stereotypes, White Privilege, Whiteness, Work | 6 Comments »

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza

October 7, 2014
By
BLM

By Alicia Garza I created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a...
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“Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!”: Gesture, Choreography, and Protest in Ferguson

October 6, 2014
By
Anusha Kedhar

The bodily act of the hands up don’t shoot protests takes those same bodies that are surveilled, disciplined, controlled, and killed and infuses them with power and a voice.
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Posted in Activism, Black life matters, Militarization, Racism, Violence | 2 Comments »

#FergusonFridays: Not all of the Black freedom fighters are men: An Interview with Black Women on the Front line in Ferguson

October 3, 2014
By
Michael-Brown-Protest-Police

By Kristin Braswell As we marched from West Florissant to the Ferguson Police Department on that sweltering day in August, a bevy of voices carried through the air like a canon with a very specific target. Two young women armed with a megaphone, climbed on top of a cement wall above the crowd. “If...
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On Ferguson, the Fragility of Black Boys, and Feminist Futures

October 2, 2014
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AARFUPhoto

By Aliyyah. I. Abdur-Rahman Recently over dinner, my dear friend Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT, and I were talking about both Michael Brown and my adolescent son, Isa. Sandy shared with me that she’d heard that black women had started purchasing clothing that was too small for their teenaged sons so...
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    by Christine Stoddard   I pluck my hair from the root because my scalp can make the sacrifice. Because I want to create from my own body. Because my children are hungry. Open the studio. There is no paint in the house. Open the fridge. There is no milk in [...]

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    In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, two poets explore fracturing, fragmentation and “shards” from feminist perspectives. . Making Mosaics By Leah Ware Gluing the pieces together, One by one, the mirrors go down Along [...]