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Black on Purpose: Race, Inheritance and Queer Reproduction

October 10, 2014
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Savannah Shange with her partner Kenshata 
and their child Harriet
Source: courtesy of the author

By Savannah Shange On the morning of my insemination, I stood chilly in a paper exam gown rechecking the sperm donor number on the side of the vial.  My partner frantically searched the order email on her phone before we signed, confirming that 7657 was indeed correct.  Since the bank we used had only...
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Posted in Black Girls, Black life matters, Family, intersectionality, LGBTQI, Privilege, Racism, Reproduction, Sexuality, White Supremacy | 2 Comments »

On Ferguson, the Fragility of Black Boys, and Feminist Futures

October 2, 2014
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By Aliyyah. I. Abdur-Rahman Recently over dinner, my dear friend Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT, and I were talking about both Michael Brown and my adolescent son, Isa. Sandy shared with me that she’d heard that black women had started purchasing clothing that was too small for their teenaged sons so...
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Posted in Black life matters, Black Women, Criminal Justice, Family, Feminism, Racism, U.S., Violence, Youth | 9 Comments »

Memories of My Grandmother

September 30, 2014
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I hope I can live through life's ups and downs like she did, by deeply adoring the happy moments and enduring the bitter ones with dignity.
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What My Mother Taught Me: Loving Self

September 25, 2014
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By Kimberly George Now in the third decade of my life, I am realizing all the things my mother was right about. She was right about drinking 2 glasses of water every morning. (Proper hydration upon waking will change your day.) She was right about eating more protein (and was way ahead of paleo.)...
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Posted in Culture, Family, Feminism, intersectionality, media, Patriarchy, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Stereotypes, U.S. | 4 Comments »

A Call to Young Women

September 18, 2014
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By Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
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By Shama Nathan Recently, I came across an old post that had quickly surfaced on Tumblr. The post was discussing the problem with teaching girls “how to avoid rape.” I decided to share this post with a male friend of mine, and his was response was, “If girls continue to dress a certain way,...
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Posted in Activism, Bodies, domestic violence, Education, Elementary Feminisms, Family, Feminism, Patriarchy, Politics, Popular Culture, Sexism, sexual violence, Stereotypes, Violence, Writing, Youth | 3 Comments »

A Review of Koblitz’s “Sex and Herbs and Birth Control”

September 9, 2014
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By Tiffany Lamoreaux Addressing an Iowa audience in August 2014, Republican Rand Paul claimed that the GOP was not interested in banning birth control. Instead, Paul claimed, the “war on women” is simply an exaggerated and/or made-up narrative perpetuated by Democrats. Never mind that Paul had, as recently as 2013, co-sponsored personhood legislation that...
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Rotten to the Core: The NFL and Domestic Violence

September 8, 2014
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Rotten to the Core: The NFL and Domestic Violence

By David J. Leonard and Monica J. Casper The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that fully a third of women in the United States have experienced partner violence. Authors of the study note that the long-term consequences and public health burdens are “substantial,” especially for women. And yet, while many feminist...
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Posted in Black life matters, Black Women, domestic violence, Family, masculinity, Patriarchy, Sexism, sexual violence, Sports, U.S. | 5 Comments »

Three Poems by Samiya Javed

September 5, 2014
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You're a King and I'm a Lionheart

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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Worshippers are overcome by their religion during a christian tent revival in Great Falls, Montana.

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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The Color of Infant Mortality

September 3, 2014
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“A pickup truck and a backhoe show up on the days, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays with good weather, when babies are buried at the county cemetery. The first carries the little wooden coffins, and the second digs the hole, maybe three feet wide, where they are placed a foot apart.” – Erin McClam, 2007,...
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