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Op-Ed: Body Politic (or, Skinny Hate: Maria Kang, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the New Misogyny)

March 30, 2014
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By Laila Pedro As a longtime dancer now working as a scholar, writer, and media strategist, I am (often to my detriment) deeply and constantly aware of how women’s bodies—my own and others’— are talked about and looked at. I follow with befuddled, irresistible interest the bafflingly tone-deaf coverage of “fat acceptance”, body issues,...
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Op-Ed: Colonial Legacies of Africa’s Homophobia: Finding a Narrative That Works for African LGBT Movements

March 23, 2014
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By Val Kalende At a time when more countries are moving toward inclusive human rights, Africa, once called a “dark continent,” is making steps backward. The phrase “dark continent” has evolved in similar ways that “homosexuality” has evolved over time. Initially used as a metaphor for Africa’s thick rain forests, the phrase became a synonym for...
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Posted in Op-Ed, Religion, Women of Color, World | 1 Comment »

What We Lose When We Focus Our Discussion on Jared Leto Rather than Rayon: Queer Politics and the Forgotten Heroes of the AIDS Crisis

March 17, 2014
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By Mairead Sullivan While Rayon’s death in the Dallas Buyers Club was not the stereotypical death of a tragic transgender character, it was a tragic death stereotypical of the millions of victims of the AIDS crisis that continues to plague our communities, as well as set the global political agenda in regards to health,...
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Posted in Bodies, Entertainment, Film, LGBTQI, Op-Ed | 1 Comment »

A Home of Our Own: Temporary Housing and LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence

March 3, 2014
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By Nicole S. Junior In 2012, twenty-one-year-old Romelle Johnson was transported by ambulance to a local Brooklyn, New York hospital.*  While en route, an EMT worked to staunch the blood leaking from Romelle’s stab wounds as Johnson struggled to communicate with the police officer who accompanied him.  Despite his fight for breath and words,...
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Posted in Criminal Justice, LGBTQI, masculinity, Op-Ed, Patriarchy, Politics, Sexuality, Violence | 1 Comment »

Op Ed: It’s Time to Answer the Call for Mobile Education

February 10, 2014
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By Laura Odenthal As ringtones interrupt class and texting diverts attention, it is no wonder that many teachers view cell phones as a classroom distraction. But when looked at in a different way, cell phones can provide transformational learning in places when formal classroom settings may not be available. For students in the developing...
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Op-Ed: Why Does “Gender” Mean No Pay?

February 3, 2014
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By Dean Laplonge It’s not unusual for me to be approached by resource companies for advice. My research and work explore the topic of gender in male-dominated industries like mining, and oil and gas. And gender has become something of a buzz-focus in these industries. I received such an invitation the other day from...
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Posted in Economy, masculinity, Op-Ed, Stereotypes | 8 Comments »

Op-Ed: Black Men, are we doing enough to stand with Black women? Feminism is for Black Men too.

November 17, 2013
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Op-Ed: Black Men, are we doing enough to stand with Black women?  Feminism is for Black Men too.

By Aaron Talley Compared to the bulk of my intellectual trajectory, I have spent very little time engaging directly with Black feminism. Through much of college, I became deeply immersed in Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, W.E.B. DuBois, and other brilliant Black male intellectual thinkers who imbued me with the energy and provided...
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Posted in Op-Ed, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Women of Color | 5 Comments »

Op-Ed: Revenge Porn, the Law, and Blaming the Victim

November 10, 2013
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Op-Ed: Revenge Porn, the Law, and Blaming the Victim

By Carmen Rane Hudson Revenge porn has been around longer than the Internet has. It’s a phenomenon where a man, usually an angry ex, publishes nude photographs of a woman without her knowledge or consent. It’s called “revenge” porn because of the common motive. Men usually use it to get back at women who...
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Op-Ed: What We Can Learn from the 2014 Winter Olympics?

November 3, 2013
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By Wade Davis II Every four years I look forward to the Olympics. To be honest, I’m not ultra enamored with the opening day pageantry and festivities — I watch for the athletes and the competition. Watching these athletes compete against the best in the world, to be named the best in the world,...
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Op-Ed: Abortion Funds: Bridging the Gap in Reproductive Health Care Where Texas and The Hyde Amendment Won’t

October 20, 2013
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Op-Ed: Abortion Funds: Bridging the Gap in Reproductive Health Care Where Texas and The Hyde Amendment Won’t

By Amanda Williams As open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act finally kicks off, Americans are beginning to celebrate a healthier future for our country.  We rejoice over the millions of people who will receive coverage, no co-pays for preventive care, an end to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, out-of-pocket expense caps, and much...
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