Astonishing Embodiments: Poetry and Feminism from Molly Sutton Kiefer

June 18, 2014
Molly Sutton Kiefer

By Molly Sutton Kiefer I remember that heady time of my undergraduate years when I was so anxious to change the world–that requisite minor in Women’s Studies, that producing of The Vagina Monologues, that tradition of Take Back the Night. I felt fierce. And I graduated and I panicked (a job? a job? where to...
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The White Family: A Case for National Action

June 16, 2014
The White Family: A Case for National Action

In the recent swirl of epic violence, mayhem and gun-besotted hysteria that has become the lifeblood of corporate media, no one is asking about the problem of white families. In 1965, then Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan published a landmark study on the “problem” of the black family. It was the year...
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Demeter Press at Risk of Closing: Is Motherhood a Feminist Issue Worthy of Support?

May 27, 2014
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By Christine H. Morton Do we need a feminist movement for mothers? Do motherhood scholars need their own association and publisher? Andrea O’Reilly, founder of Demeter Press, the first book publisher focused specifically on the topic of mothering/ motherhood, says we do, and she calls it matricentric feminism. Demeter Press has published books on...
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Who’s Still a Slave? Contemporary Black Women’s Rhetoric, Art, and Global Realities

May 16, 2014
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By Janell Hobson “Are you still a slave?” That was the title of a forum on May 6, 2014 at the New School, featuring black feminist critic bell hooks, writers Janet Mock and Marci Blackman, and filmmaker Shola Lynch. They had gathered to discuss the “liberation of the black female body.” While several heated...
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What’s in a Name?

May 15, 2014
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"After months of contemplation, it struck me. Why not change this respected German name into its English equivalent? If Ellis Island did this to immigrants throughout history, we could do this for ourselves. Smiling all the way to the dictionary, I opened it to discover that this four-letter word in German had now become...
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The Cult of Motherhood: A Century of Mother’s Days

May 11, 2014

By Melissa Seelye As a child growing up in the United States, I perceived our national holidays as no more artificial than the days of the week. Santa Claus was the first pin to drop, followed shortly thereafter by the Easter Bunny. As a teen, I was told Halloween was for children, I began...
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Mother’s Day: Love and Tears

May 10, 2014

The beginning of May signals the end of the school year, the start of spring, and of course Mother’s Day.  As with most American holidays, with their emphasis on spectacle and consumerism, my relationship with Mother’s Day is complex.  Yet, my conflicting feelings surrounding Mother’s Day (like Father’s Day) have more to do with...
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Expectations: Intimate Feminisms Embodied

May 9, 2014
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By Erin Durban-Albrecht and Monica J. Casper   Our intention in collating this Mothers Day montage for The Feminist Wire is to celebrate women’s contributions to feminist social movements through creating and nourishing little people. More specifically, we want to make visible an important form of women’s reproductive work that is so often invisibilized—unless,...
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My Mother’s Mistake

May 8, 2014

Tracy Strauss on mother-daughter relationships, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and PTSD in honor of Mother's Day for #personalIsPoliticalOnTFW.
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Woman Made From Iron

May 2, 2014
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By Mohadesa Najumi Dedicated to my mother.  They try to shrink you. Tame you. Convince you that all your rage is a product of your own deficiencies and not theirs. They tell you to cover up. Sink in. Become invisible so they won’t have to come eye to eye with your iron. Your flesh...
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