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.”

A Litany for Jada and Janay: In the Spirit of the Lorde

November 14, 2014
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By Cinnamon Williams   What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. -Ecclesiastes 1:9   There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt. -Audre Lorde   Thursday, July 10, 5:01 p.m. The lioness sums up...
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Silent No More

November 4, 2014
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By Katie Wayhart   SILENT NO MORE   Spent more time with mommy than the other girls at school. Tall, blonde, “mature for her age” little girl. Older cousin says, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” A seemingly innocent “game” turns into something more.   Years go by.  Are her memories...
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Slamming the Door: An Analysis of Elsa (Frozen)

October 16, 2014
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By Shira Feder The Disney Princess franchise presents misogynist and terrifying fairy tales for profit. These stories enforce patriarchal views towards women that instate an impossible standard of beauty in the young female characters who serve as role models for children. Disney has failed to represent women of color as princesses despite the recent...
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Coffee

October 9, 2014
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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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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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    Sonia Sanchez: What are we pretending not to know today? The premise as you said, my sister, being that colored people on planet earth really know everything there is to know. And if one is not coming to grips with the knowledge, it must mean that one is either scared or pretending to be stupid.

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    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
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    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

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