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Poem Suite: Missing

May 28, 2014
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Poem Suite: Missing

Tourists By Em Bowen Around  this time last year, I started to read books about grief. I like to think that I did this because I wanted to be prepared for death, but really, it was an accident. I was in Powell’s Books a month before I left Portland and I happened to see...
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Demeter Press at Risk of Closing: Is Motherhood a Feminist Issue Worthy of Support?

May 27, 2014
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Demeter Press

By Christine H. Morton Do we need a feminist movement for mothers? Do motherhood scholars need their own association and publisher? Andrea O’Reilly, founder of Demeter Press, the first book publisher focused specifically on the topic of mothering/ motherhood, says we do, and she calls it matricentric feminism. Demeter Press has published books on...
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An Alert: Capital is Intersectional; Radicalizing Piketty’s Inequality

May 26, 2014
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An Alert: Capital is Intersectional; Radicalizing Piketty’s Inequality

By Zillah Eisenstein When civil rights activists speak about race they are told they need to think about class as well. When anti-racist feminists focus on the problems of gendered racism they are also told to include class.  So—I will continue this discussion with: when formulating class inequality one should have race and gender...
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Carter as Kristof: How Jimmy Carter’s New Book Takes a Page Out of Nick Kristof’s Savior Narrative

May 23, 2014
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By Sayantani DasGupta Jimmy Carter is undoubtedly a good man with good intentions. He was, in fact, one of my first heroes. He was the first president I ‘voted’ for in my elementary school mock presidential elections (and that while living in a red state). His work after the presidency, including building houses for...
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Genderqueering Spaces with Sassafras

May 22, 2014
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By Basil Soper The first time I met Sassafras Lowrey was in 2011 at a queer studies conference in Asheville, NC. I had the pleasure of taking a writing workshop with Sassafras and remember being amazed at the honesty ze provoked from people in the room. Sassafras gave the workshop attendees space to dig into...
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The Good Life: LIVING with HIV

May 22, 2014
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Jared Childress, "I am a writer, educator, advocate, son, brother, uncle, cousin—an imperfect human being and friend. I also claim my blackness, sexuality, and HIV status as fiercely as the socially acceptable parts of myself; it is these seemingly unlovable parts that have allowed me to build rich, honest relationships with different types of...
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Poem Suite: Family

May 21, 2014
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Poem Suite: Family

3/4 Profile by Rasiqra Revulva   “A night full of talking that hurts, my worst held-back secrets: everything has to do with loving and not loving   This night will pass.” -Rumi – “There You Are” (translated by Coleman Barks)   my mother inserts her every displeasure like an implacable speculum, cranked halfway fever-warm from...
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How Assata Shakur Changed My Life: The Importance Of Ethnic Studies Curricula In High School And Beyond

May 20, 2014
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Yet it wasn’t just Shakur’s story that impacted me, it was the way she wrote it. She seamlessly weaves the story of her childhood in North Carolina, marking the moments that shaped her political consciousness and led her to join the BPP and the BLA after college. Combining multiple literary genres from poetry to...
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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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    Elie Wiesel writes, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Silence binds perpetrators and victims, creates a confederacy of secrets. Here, these women [...]

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