Uncategorized

AUDRE LORDE — THE ETERNAL QUESTION

March 1, 2014
By
Kalamu ya Salaam
photo credit: Alex Lear

By Kalamu ya Salaam During the tumult of the seventies, in publications such as The Black Scholar and black World, I engaged with and eventually championed the work of Audre Lorde, who was and remains one of the most progressive of our warrior intellectuals. Being a successful activist is no easy task, no preordained...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Activism, Audre Lorde, Black Women, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

PLEASE SUPPORT The Feminist Wire!

February 26, 2014
By

PLEASE SUPPORT The Feminist Wire #InvisibleFeministLabor We NEED (at least) 100 feminists to do one thing… One-hundred $20 donations secures a sustainable future for TFW. It helps pay for our technical infrastructure, including subscriptions to Submittable and BlueHost. If you’ve benefited from reading TFW, once or every day, here’s why YOU should give: 1....
Read more »

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Using the Erotic to do Our Work

February 25, 2014
By
Audre Lorde
copyright: Dagmar Schultz

  There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Activism, Audre Lorde, Black Women, Feminism, LGBTQI, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, Uncategorized, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

TFW’s Tanisha C. Ford and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan at Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora

February 22, 2014
By
SymposiumPoster

 Join TFW Associate Editor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan and Contributing Editor Tanisha C. Ford at the Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora Symposium at UMass Amherst, Friday, February 28th. With this event, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst commemorates its 40th anniversary. It will bring together a group of scholars working at the intersections of...
Read more »

Posted in TFW in the World, Uncategorized | Comments Off

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

February 10, 2014
By
Image credit: http://www.appwrap.org/mobile-phones-fight-womens-illiteracy-in-afghanistan/

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...
Read more »

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Activism, Education, Op-Ed, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

February 5, 2014
By
Necessary Memories: Trayvon Martin’s Birthday and George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match

Sometimes there are things you just can’t forget.  Today would have been his birthday. Today, we know that our criminal justice and legal systems, our human relations, and our ways of being are both positively and negatively shaped by the various notions of race, class, gender and other forms of identification that circulate among...
Read more »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Book Review: “A Penny Saved” by Arisa White

January 29, 2014
By
imgres

  A Penny Saved, by Arisa White (Willow Books) Reviewed by Sarah Mantilla Griffin   Between September 2001 and June 2012, far more American women were killed by domestic and intimate partner violence than U.S. troops were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Despite these staggering figures, domestic violence remains largely hidden from public...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Book Review, Family, Feminism, masculinity, Patriarchy, Poetry, Sexism, Uncategorized, Violence | 2 Comments »

Four Poems by Cindy Lynn Brown

January 29, 2014
By
images-1

By Cindy Lynn Brown   Harmless   Just a remark casually through the room under neon lights nothing to hang on to for several minutes a person completely unknown to me with freedom of speech to mention my breasts, my cleavage as if they were my business card   a cloudburst lasts no more...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Arts & Culture, Ethnicity, Patriarchy, Poetry, Sexism, Uncategorized, World | Comments Off

How to Build a Prison (a poem)

January 22, 2014
By
Scott Jones-How to Build a Prison

By Quincy Scott Jones   for Philadelphia, USA   1. Always hated that building and never knew why The one right before the on-ramp for 95 Cross-corner from the statue of Tamanend Riding the world-turtle stretching out his hand   William Penn got along with Indian That’s why it’s not Fort Philly That’s why...
Read more »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Mumia and Mass Incarceration, Poetry, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

10 Facts about the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case

January 21, 2014
By
Fernandez-10 Facts

By Johanna Fernandez  1. Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent. Mumia has been wrongfully imprisoned for 32 years. He spent the first 28.5 years of his imprisonment on Pennsylvania’s death row. In 2011, his death sentence was confirmed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and he is now serving a sentence of “life in prison” without parole. He...
Read more »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Mumia and Mass Incarceration, Racism, U.S., Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Follow The Feminist Wire

Arts & Culture

  • “Paws” by Tracy Burkholder tracy

    Paws   In sixth grade, I started to envy certain girls’ hands. Not always manicured, but always neat. Fingers thin and smooth. These hands gently freed sheets of paper from their metal spirals and lifted loops of hair to more beautiful perches. Lunch trays floated inside their gentle grip while [...]

  • 3 Poems by Holly Mitchell holly

    Slipping Under   Like a ghost, I prepare a bath behind a door   that hasn’t locked long as I remember.   When my mother or grandmother knocks at the open door,   I obscure what they call my “new breasts” under the soap water   and focus on the [...]

  • Excerpts from Damnation by Janice Lee janice

    CONFESSION Sometimes one willingly enters a dark and empty space, the creaking of the loose boards below, the phantom moonlight above. · I had a dream that I was carrying a wounded deer in my arms. He lay there limp, depending on me completely and solely for the permission to [...]