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On Ferguson, the Fragility of Black Boys, and Feminist Futures

October 2, 2014
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By Aliyyah. I. Abdur-Rahman Recently over dinner, my dear friend Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT, and I were talking about both Michael Brown and my adolescent son, Isa. Sandy shared with me that she’d heard that black women had started purchasing clothing that was too small for their teenaged sons so...
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“No Climate Justice Without Gender Justice:” Women at the Forefront of the People’s Climate March

September 29, 2014
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By Julie Gorecki “No climate justice without gender justice!” This was the banner slogan at the forefront of the women’s contingency that gathered for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. The message comes from the fact that global warming is most dramatically affecting women, primarily Indigenous women and...
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Posted in Activism, Capitalism, Economy, Environmentalism, Feminism, Health, intersectionality, Patriarchy, Politics, Racism, sexual violence, U.S., Violence, Women of Color, World | 3 Comments »

What My Mother Taught Me: Loving Self

September 25, 2014
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By Kimberly George Now in the third decade of my life, I am realizing all the things my mother was right about. She was right about drinking 2 glasses of water every morning. (Proper hydration upon waking will change your day.) She was right about eating more protein (and was way ahead of paleo.)...
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Posted in Culture, Family, Feminism, intersectionality, media, Patriarchy, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Stereotypes, U.S. | 4 Comments »

Anti-Imperial Feminist Musings in Morocco

September 22, 2014
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By Zillah Eisenstein I traveled to Fez and Casablanca, Morocco, earlier this month to dialogue with Islamic Feminists there and to see, feel, and stretch myself to and in Northern Africa. What follows are a few thoughts about the complexity of traveling and being from the United States today while also being committed to...
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“I Am Because We Are: Ferguson, Family & Freedom” #FergusonFridays

September 19, 2014
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“Where one is oppressed, none are free.” So said several of the signs I saw in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly 3-weeks ago today. My trip to Ferguson, both a member of the Feminist Wire team and as a Black Life Matters rider, represents many things for me: activist commitments, civic participation in community, and Black...
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Op-Ed: Perspectives We Don’t Need and Those We Do

September 15, 2014
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By Mirabel Ash In popular discourse, we have come to recognize individuals from dominant groups who advocate for civil rights and liberties on behalf of “others.” Such individuals aim to foster an alliance with other racial groups to indicate a shared interest in social progression. Objectives of a racial alliance are to advance a...
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Posted in Culture, Entertainment, Ethnicity, media, Op-Ed, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Stereotypes, Television, U.S., White Privilege | 4 Comments »

Step One: Show Skin, Step Two: Praise Talent: A Look at Scarlett Johansson and the Film Industry

September 12, 2014
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By Megan Felder I’ve always loved movies.  A lot.  Romantic comedy, sci-fi, superhero action  – you name it, I will watch it.  Perhaps that’s why I’m such a fan of Scarlett Johansson.  In her most recent movies, she plays a self-absorbed love interest (Don Jon), a creepy alien (Under the Skin), the voice of...
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Rotten to the Core: The NFL and Domestic Violence

September 8, 2014
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By David J. Leonard and Monica J. Casper The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that fully a third of women in the United States have experienced partner violence. Authors of the study note that the long-term consequences and public health burdens are “substantial,” especially for women. And yet, while many feminist...
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Posted in Black life matters, Black Women, domestic violence, Family, masculinity, Patriarchy, Sexism, sexual violence, Sports, U.S. | 5 Comments »

Lessons From Ferguson

September 5, 2014
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By Tamura Lomax, Stephanie Troutman, and Heather Laine Talley One week ago, we traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, a place that has drawn the attention of the nation. Ferguson has dominated the news cycle, elicited a response from the United Nations, and mobilized thousands not simply because of what happened there but because of how...
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Let Our Ears Tingle with Truth

September 4, 2014
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By Keri Day Victor Hugo powerfully stated, “The guilty one is not he who commits the sin in the dark, but he who causes the darkness.” There is structural and systemic darkness in this country. Womanist scholar Emilie Townes refers to this structural darkness as cultural productions of evil. Evil as a theological or...
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