Exposing the Invisible Betrayal: Removing the Gag from Our Mouths and Speaking of the Police Rapes of Black Women

November 19, 2014
Farah Tanis

Farah Tanis: Tell me what freedom fighter, what human rights defender has ever had to ask—can I stand up? With or without your permission I’m already standing, cage doors flying open, my sisters’ strong fingers already pointing out the dangers we face as we traffic in and out of our communities, communities which still...
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The Authenticating Audience

November 18, 2014
Toni Cade Bambara at Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
photograph: © Louis Massiah, June 1995

Louis Massiah: On the contrary, when art is understood as a mode of political work, with the explicit goal of communicating a needed counter-narrative or analysis to a disempowered people, the success of an art work is more appropriately determined by how the community of focus is affected by the message.
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Towards Freedom from Violence: Queer and Trans People of Color Activism in the U.S.

November 14, 2014
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By Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez As a queer migrant who got asylum based on my sexuality, I often feel exiled from progressive environments in the United States. Rarely do I enter spaces where my multiple identities co-exist. Even more rare are progressive environments that celebrate what it means to be a queer migrant. LGBTQI activists of...
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The Signs and Boxes Tell Us So: On Sex Classification Policies

November 13, 2014

By Heath Fogg Davis Sex-classification policies that bureaucratically and physically sort us into the binary categories of male or female may seem necessary and benign.  But I challenge this deeply rooted social and legal custom in my research by showing that legitimate policy goals such as fraud prevention, safety, security, privacy, and even fair...
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The Feminist Wire Celebrates Writer Toni Cade Bambara’s Life and Legacy In An Upcoming 75th Birthday Anniversary Forum

November 13, 2014
Toni Cade Bambara
©Susan J. Ross

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE www.thefeministwire.com Curators/Editors: Heidi R. Lewis, Ph.D., and Aishah Shahidah Simmons     The Feminist Wire  (TFW) will host a ground breaking two-week online forum  ~ http://thefeministwire.com ~ in honor of TONI CADE BAMBARA (1939-1995), beginning on Monday, November 17, 2014. The forum is the first on-line celebration of Bambara, an award...
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TFW at the Upcoming National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference

November 11, 2014
NWSA 2014

Several members of The Feminist Wire will be in San Juan, PR for the National Women's Studies Association annual conference this November! Will you? If so, please consider adding our presentations to your personal schedule and checking us out! Additionally, if you're presenting, let us know in the comments, and we'll do our best...
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Silent No More

November 4, 2014
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By Katie Wayhart   SILENT NO MORE   Spent more time with mommy than the other girls at school. Tall, blonde, “mature for her age” little girl. Older cousin says, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” A seemingly innocent “game” turns into something more.   Years go by.  Are her memories...
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How Useful is a Feminist Approach to History for Historians?

October 30, 2014

By Grace Corn In today’s world, the very word “feminism” can stir up polarized reactions. As a feminist myself, I find it difficult to understand how feminism, in Pat Robertson’s words, “encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” Nevertheless, this interpretation prevails throughout history, especially...
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Reflecting on Black Sexualities, Black Religiosity, and Black Lives in Anti-Black Times

October 24, 2014
Darnell Moore

The following remarks were presented on October 23, 2014 during the “Religion, Media, Markets and the Making of Black Sexualities” panel at the conference Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics convened by Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies and Center on African-American Religion, Sexual...
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Slamming the Door: An Analysis of Elsa (Frozen)

October 16, 2014
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By Shira Feder The Disney Princess franchise presents misogynist and terrifying fairy tales for profit. These stories enforce patriarchal views towards women that instate an impossible standard of beauty in the young female characters who serve as role models for children. Disney has failed to represent women of color as princesses despite the recent...
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  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Kate Rushin: I see the whole thing played out. I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped. My story is reduced to filler buried in the back of the paper, on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
photograph: ©Elizabeth Ho

    M. Nzadi Keita: what you remember/ starts with a smile/ a raw edge/ a single snip/ from the someone dead

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
©Susan J. Ross

    Alice Lovelace: Toni Cade made an art of living/ Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved/ Toni listened and we were validated/ She is the breast that fed our union/ Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment.

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