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An Open Letter to amerika

September 16, 2014
By
Yogarajah

When people say racism doesn’t exist, they are blinded. They are blinded by the privilege and high property value that their skin possesses; they are blinded by the whiteness that their skin caresses.
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Posted in Bodies, Capitalism, Ethnicity, Personal is Political., Racism, Stereotypes, Whiteness, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

Op-Ed: Perspectives We Don’t Need and Those We Do

September 15, 2014
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By Mirabel Ash In popular discourse, we have come to recognize individuals from dominant groups who advocate for civil rights and liberties on behalf of “others.” Such individuals aim to foster an alliance with other racial groups to indicate a shared interest in social progression. Objectives of a racial alliance are to advance a...
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Posted in Culture, Entertainment, Ethnicity, media, Op-Ed, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Stereotypes, Television, U.S., White Privilege | 4 Comments »

Step One: Show Skin, Step Two: Praise Talent: A Look at Scarlett Johansson and the Film Industry

September 12, 2014
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By Megan Felder I’ve always loved movies.  A lot.  Romantic comedy, sci-fi, superhero action  – you name it, I will watch it.  Perhaps that’s why I’m such a fan of Scarlett Johansson.  In her most recent movies, she plays a self-absorbed love interest (Don Jon), a creepy alien (Under the Skin), the voice of...
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Posted in Activism, Bodies, Capitalism, College Feminisms, Culture, Economy, Entertainment, Feminism, Film, media, Patriarchy, Politics, Popular Culture, Racism, Sexism, Stereotypes, U.S., Work | No Comments »

The Limits of Speaking on Catastrophe: Confessions of a Palestinian Teacher

September 11, 2014
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By Diya Abdo I am a Professor of English at Guilford College. I am Chair of the English Department. I am a faculty member in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. I am also a Palestinian. More specifically, I am from Arab Al-Sawahreh. My tribe is so big that its name, The Sawahreh...
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Posted in Ethnicity, Militarization, Racism, Region, Religion, Violence, World | 11 Comments »

Perseverance Conquers: An Open Letter

September 10, 2014
By
temple towers

By Princess Harmony-Jazmyne Rodriguez    The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken. - Audre Lorde,...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Audre Lorde, Bodies, College Feminisms, Culture, domestic violence, Education, Feminism, Health, History, LGBTQI, Patriarchy, Privilege, Sexism, sexual violence, Violence, Writing, Youth | No Comments »

Fiction Feature: from “Kill Marguerite,” by Megan Milks

September 10, 2014
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By Megan Milks   This excerpt from the short story “Kill Marguerite” takes place after the protagonist, Caty, has already beat Level One and killed Marguerite, her arch-enemy.   Level Two: The Trampoline     BEGIN>> The trampoline is this big old trampoline in Matt and Curtis Wheeler’s backyard, and it’s surrounded by woods...
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A Review of Koblitz’s “Sex and Herbs and Birth Control”

September 9, 2014
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By Tiffany Lamoreaux Addressing an Iowa audience in August 2014, Republican Rand Paul claimed that the GOP was not interested in banning birth control. Instead, Paul claimed, the “war on women” is simply an exaggerated and/or made-up narrative perpetuated by Democrats. Never mind that Paul had, as recently as 2013, co-sponsored personhood legislation that...
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Posted in Book Review, Family, History, Reproduction | 2 Comments »

Love Note: Renewed Hunger

September 9, 2014
By
Doonan

Life, vitality, uncertainty—that’s the terrain you tread on when you rid yourself of comforts that your sickness afforded you.
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Three Poems by Samiya Javed

September 5, 2014
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You're a King and I'm a Lionheart

By Samiya Javed   “You’re a King and I’m a Lion-heart” *     I’d rather you curse your stars than curse my mother’s overburdened limbs. Sixteen years and counting. The blood, sweat, and the all-purpose oil are enmeshed in the fall of her sari which is the only thing she has close to...
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Posted in Activism, Bodies, College Feminisms, Culture, Family, Feminism, History, Patriarchy, Poetry, Politics, Sexism, Violence, World, Writing, Youth | 1 Comment »

Not all Black women.

September 4, 2014
By
Nikki Patin

By Nikki Patin Fat? Nope. You’re too unhealthy. Poor? Nope. You don’t know how to manage your money. Light and got the nerve to say anything about the discomfort of ambiguity? Nope. Tragic mulatto, whining like a tired, yellow siren. Dark and got the nerve to say something about the discomfort of marginality? Nope....
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Posted in Black life matters, Black Women, LGBTQI, Racism, Sexism, sexual violence, Sexuality, Violence | 2 Comments »

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