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Op Ed: Why On Earth Do We Let Colleges and Universities “Handle” Their Own Rape Cases?

May 19, 2014
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By Kari O’Driscoll On Tuesday, April 29, the White House issued a set of guidelines designed to address the hot-button issue of rape on college campuses. It would seem that the issue of sexual assault in the military has taken a back seat to the growing awareness of just how often college students are...
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The Politics of Turning Rape Into “Nonconsensual Sex”

May 16, 2014
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By Breanne Fahs A few weeks ago, Al Jazeera ran a piece that critically traced the obfuscation of rape language from the (violent, highly politicized, and potentially stigmatizing) rape to the (corporate and university approved) nonconsensual sex. Apparently, calling college men “rapists” left a bad impression for the public relations campaigns of universities, especially when...
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Who’s Still a Slave? Contemporary Black Women’s Rhetoric, Art, and Global Realities

May 16, 2014
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By Janell Hobson “Are you still a slave?” That was the title of a forum on May 6, 2014 at the New School, featuring black feminist critic bell hooks, writers Janet Mock and Marci Blackman, and filmmaker Shola Lynch. They had gathered to discuss the “liberation of the black female body.” While several heated...
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Posted in Black Girls, Black Women, Culture, Economy, Education, Family, Feminism, Health, History, Patriarchy, Popular Culture, Racism, Religion, Reproduction, Sexism, Sexuality, Stereotypes, U.S., Violence, White Women | 7 Comments »

What’s in a Name?

May 15, 2014
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"After months of contemplation, it struck me. Why not change this respected German name into its English equivalent? If Ellis Island did this to immigrants throughout history, we could do this for ourselves. Smiling all the way to the dictionary, I opened it to discover that this four-letter word in German had now become...
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Women with Bad Aim

May 15, 2014
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By Colleen Ladd A group of girls stand in line at the back of a large house with white French doors, the only thing that divides you and your group as outsiders. This is the fourth door you’ve been to and the house is an olive green with the trim a lighter version of...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Bodies, College Feminisms, Culture, Education, Feminism, Patriarchy, Politics, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Stereotypes, Whiteness, Youth | 5 Comments »

A Tongue In My Mouth: Some Ecstasies of Daily Life

May 14, 2014
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By Dia Felix Into our night, I curl like a snail. To the bottom of the silver bridge, a tiny snail sticks. In this heat there is no real night. It’s dark but it’s warm and sticky and I never sleep hard.   Morning, I haunt the drugstore, my feet are barely touching the...
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SNL’s Leslie Jones Offers Anachronistic Jokes on Slavery

May 14, 2014
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By Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds   Critics are chiming in about several distasteful slavery jokes made on Saturday Night Live’s May 3rd show. Leslie Jones, a writer at SNL, made her first appearance on “Weekend Update” with a splash. My interest in writing about Leslie Jones comes from my background as a stand-up comedienne, a humor studies...
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On Misconceived Toxicity, Malice and Failures

May 13, 2014
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I really didn’t mean to participate in an act of solidarity with other women who had past and current relationships with the man who raped me. I am a “gay” Pakistani single woman who has a “history” of relationships with men. I’ve experienced scary episodes of “homophobic stalking” and “harassment,” things I’ve dealt with...
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Disentangling Radical Love from Narcissism

May 13, 2014
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By Lisa (Leigh) Patel   Sometimes when some folks approach me out of an assumed shared cultural identity, I get tight. Recently another South Asian woman spoke to me at a gathering and the more I talked with her, the more I could see her pauses and the dawning disappointment that I wasn’t quite the...
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Posted in Activism, Culture, Ethnicity, Feminism, History, Immigration, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, U.S., Women of Color | 3 Comments »

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Double-Bind of Muslim Women’s Rights

May 12, 2014
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Double-Bind of Muslim Women’s Rights

By Rochelle Terman Last month, Brandeis University announced that it had reversed its decision to award Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree following grassroots organizing by students and alumni who condemned Hirsi Ali’s hate speech against Muslims. According to the Brandeis Muslim Students Association, There is a fine line between freedom of speech and...
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