A Call to Young Women

September 18, 2014
By Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

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

September 9, 2014
Sex Herbs Birth Control

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
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. | 4 Comments »

Three Poems by Samiya Javed

September 5, 2014
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
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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Posted in Academia, Activism, Black Women, Capitalism, College Feminisms, Culture, Family, Feminism, Health, History, LGBTQI, Love, Patriarchy, Politics, Racism, Religion, Sexism, sexual violence, Sexuality, U.S., Violence, Youth | No Comments »

The Color of Infant Mortality

September 3, 2014
Infant Mortality

“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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Posted in Black Women, Bodies, Family, Health, Racism, Region, Reproduction, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, Women of Color | 3 Comments »

Daddy’s Little Bluebird, Daddy’s Little Girl

September 2, 2014
R.B. Stuart

I hadn't known it then, but my only protector had died. And so did my childhood.
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Normalized but Not Normal

August 29, 2014

(Editors’ Note: the introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) Pia Guerrero I lived on a tree-lined street, had a dog and a cat that I put bows and hats on, and I went to the local elementary school a block away. I liked to walk to...
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All Women Have Stories Like These

August 28, 2014

(Editors’ Note: The introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) Anonymous As a blogger who happens to be both feminist and female, I’ve attracted more misogynistic trolls than I care to count. They pop up on occasion, then disappear.   But one troll has been consistent over...
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On Impact We Lie Die

August 26, 2014

I was in 9th grade, 14, at the start of this story, 5 years past my first period, past my first training bra, and a virgin. But only in the lying way of being a virgin, when a woman wants to own her own body, and says she’s a virgin even though her brother...
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