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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: My Message to Anti-Abortionists

April 24, 2015
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By Anonymous   Dear Picketer, Pulling into the abortion clinic you were there to greet me after my hour-and-a-half long drive across the state line. You glared at my boyfriend and I through the window of my car. He rashly opened the window to hear your opinion and take your pamphlet. You thought your...
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ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: The Lucky Ones [Trigger Warning: Discusses Sexual Abuse]

March 23, 2015
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By Nicolette Natale                                      This is how her story starts: “This is what I remember. My lips were cut. I bit down on them when he grabbed me from behind and covered my mouth. He said these...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: When She Breaks Your Heart: A Collection of Poems

March 18, 2015
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By Ray Fraizer ~~~   Fear   Tell me what fear is when you’re going eighty on E smoking what your father smelled like when you were fifteen turning away from his embrace   When you have a bleeding in your brain from trying too damn hard to be brave   Lie down and...
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ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: Three Poems on Being a Girl

February 26, 2015
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By Kirstin Stevely     Hush Little One   Hush little one, don’t say a word, Still knowing nothing of the big wide world. Nobody has told you what you must be, When you look in a mirror, it’s you that you see.   Hush pretty baby, go to sleep, Close your eyes, not...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Mama: A Short Story

February 25, 2015
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By Nora Kervroëdan     Mama always told me I should not complain. Stop whining, she would say. Be happy with what you’ve got. I was not sure I knew what she meant, but I believed her anyway. I believed everything Mama told me because when she had to raise her child on her...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Love Rests in the Scream

February 17, 2015
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By Brooklyn Payton     Reflecting on the plethora of suggestive social justice images in conjunction with a continual meditative praxis on desired results of social justice and healing, I have found the core desire of justice to be love. Whether it be through activism that rests within the thoughts of critical reflective minds...
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ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: The Day I Understood My Privilege

February 16, 2015
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By Shama Nathan     My friend and I sat on his back porch, slithering in the Caribbean heat. We sat in quietness, mostly slapping mosquitoes. “You talk like a white person.” He blurted out. It was not until a few minutes later, that I realize that this is meant to be a compliment....
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Moving Images: On Queerness and Eritrean Identity

February 9, 2015
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By Hel Gebreamlak Masculinity was the last thing I learned how to do. I wasn’t one of those baby dykes who literally knew in utero. I thought girls were cool, and that Xena didn’t need no man because Gabrielle was more than enough. That was about it. I wore dresses. I didn’t mind them....
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Divergence

February 6, 2015
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By Brianna Suslovic   You took me to my first protest when I was in the first grade, Mom, a peaceful affair outside the federal building downtown where the cops glared and we chalked the sidewalk, shouting anti-war chants and holding hands.   It was you who fed me the word feminist, and I...
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An Interview with Sherry Payne: Nurse, Childbirth Educator, Womanist

January 5, 2015
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Monica: I first became aware of your work through the Black Infant Mortality Awareness Walk. Can you tell me more about the circumstances that prompted you to launch this project? Sherry: The walk came about because of my frustration with the maternity care world. Despite perinatal health disparities in the African-American community being well...
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Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

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State Department Releases First Set Of Clinton Emails

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Obama Faces Criticism For Light Footprint Strategy Against Islamic State

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Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

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Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

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Bulk Collection Debate Highlights Need To Revise Patriot Act

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Senate Advances Bill To Give Obama 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

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Irish Voters Prepare To Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

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