College Feminisms

The Feminist Wire is proud to publish outstanding works by millennial feminists between the ages of 18-24 in our college column. This column is managed and edited by college age feminists, and features exclusive works such as articles, videos, poetry, interviews, public service announcements, youth and campus advocacy, and more. It is intended to 1) showcase young feminist voices through writing, publication, speaking, and activism, and 2) serve as a teaching tool and source of resistance on college campuses and beyond. If you are interested in submitting to this column, please see our “Submissions” tab and submit your work through the category “College Feminisms.”

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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Perseverance Conquers: An Open Letter

September 10, 2014
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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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Three Poems by Samiya Javed

September 5, 2014
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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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Bringing “All” to the Tent of Communal Healing

September 3, 2014
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By Ahmad Greene-Hayes   Inspired by the story of a Black enslaved woman, Margaret Garner, Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved explores the narrative of Sethe, who killed her daughter Beloved to protect her from the racialized and sexualized violence of slavery. After leaving her former plantation—Sweet Home—and rejected, Beloved’s ghost returns from the grave...
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To the Woman Who’s Made to Feel Like She’s Difficult to Love

August 28, 2014
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By Mohadesa Najumi   Dear Woman Who’s Made to Feel Like She’s Difficult to Love,   You beautiful, soft delicate thing. You intricate thing. Why do you let the world penetrate you so deep? All their hurt and anger at your eternal fire, Fire always struggles in the ocean. He’s done it so many times....
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#LightSkinnedProblems

August 26, 2014
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By Ashley Millner   The hardest part about being African American in a cruel, ignorant world is that many of my peers are unaware that I am. I have been subjected to so much racism and bigotry because people freely talk in front of me, saying things they would never say in front of...
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On Ferguson’s Protest and Its Occupation

August 22, 2014
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By Vanessa Lynn Lovelace On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at around noon, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Eyewitnesses report that Brown was unarmed when the officer opened fire on him. The autopsy reports that Brown was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, but the report initially did not...
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Just in Case

August 20, 2014
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By Megan Koopman   When you become a woman and your breasts start to show in a way that makes vice principals shake and neighborhood boys stare. You begin to know three words so perfectly they string together like a banner from eyelash to eyelash.   Just in case   You see them while...
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On Date Rape and the Good Girl/Bad Girl Dichotomy

August 15, 2014
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By Elena Carter In the hours after I was date-raped and had stumbled, still drunk, into the hotel room where I was staying with my identical twin sister, Corrina, I couldn’t shake the question my rapist had asked me earlier in the evening as he leaned in close to me, “Are you the good...
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The Dominos Fall Quickly

August 7, 2014
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By Emily Barasch   The dominos fall quickly in the way that I choose               And I have to act fast because they’re falling.                             Falling—and I direct the lean.   I direct the lean.  I have the...
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