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Normalized but Not Normal

August 29, 2014
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(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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On Impact We Lie Die

August 26, 2014
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Sama

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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#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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Posted in Black Women, Bodies, College Feminisms, Culture, Education, Ethnicity, Family, Feminism, Privilege, Racism, Stereotypes, White Women, Whiteness, Women of Color, Youth | 2 Comments »

On Ferguson’s Protest and Its Occupation

August 22, 2014
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By Vanessa Lynn Lovelace On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at around noon, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Eyewitnesses report that Brown was unarmed when the officer opened fire on him. The autopsy reports that Brown was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, but the report initially did not...
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The Other Girl: How I Found Feminism When My Mother Went to Prison

August 19, 2014
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I was only 15 when it happened, but it took years for me to understand that other girls weren’t interested in hearing about my hurt. They wanted to have sleepovers and talk about periods and cute boys and algebra tests.
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Baby Gammy and the Problem of Women’s Labor

August 15, 2014
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It is typically poor and/or women of color who bear the brunt of...contracted out reproductive labor. They bear the brunt of our burdens—we are parasitic and reliant upon their labor.
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On Date Rape and the Good Girl/Bad Girl Dichotomy

August 15, 2014
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By Elena Carter In the hours after I was date-raped and had stumbled, still drunk, into the hotel room where I was staying with my identical twin sister, Corrina, I couldn’t shake the question my rapist had asked me earlier in the evening as he leaned in close to me, “Are you the good...
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Op-Ed: The NFL’s Response to Violence Against Women: Why One Fan Won’t Watch This Year

August 13, 2014
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This is an issue of basic human dignity and respect. I, as a man, am perfectly capable of not beating up my wife and children. Most men are.
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Surrogate Feminism

July 30, 2014
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By Rebecca Heilweil She has my eyes. They’re a cool dark-blue, shaped by chubby almond lids and framed by cornstalk blonde hair. They’re our eyes. When I look at pictures of me next to ones of her as a young girl, I have to find my father’s subtle Eastern-European features in my face before...
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Astonishing Embodiments: Poetry and Feminism from Molly Sutton Kiefer

June 18, 2014
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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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