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Film: "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights" by Nevline Nnaji

April 26, 2013
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Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights is a feature-length documentary that focuses on black women’s marginalization between the Black Power and Feminist movements, as well as the resulting political mobilization of women of color. A large segment of this film focuses on former black women activists’ experiences with racism in the Feminist movement,...
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Reckoning: Race and Sexual Assault in Colombia

April 23, 2013
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By Stacia Penn I am a young black American living in Colombia. My life in Medellin has been a multi-faceted privilege, affording me access to spaces and ways of knowing that I would otherwise not have access to in the United States. In one sense, it has been a privilege to live abroad and...
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Posted in Black Women, Feminism, Racism, U.S., Violence, Women of Color, World | 12 Comments »

Your Feminism Ain’t Like Ours, Because We Are Raising Quvenzhané

April 23, 2013
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By Duchess Harris In Lonnae O’Neal Parker’s January 18 Washington Post article “Four Years Later, Feminists Split by Michelle Obama’s ‘Work’ as First Lady,” she includes a provocative quote from Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of  Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on TheirChoices, Their Lives, Their Families (2007).  Steiner asks, “Are fashion and body-toning tips all...
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Posted in Academia, Black Women, Feminism, Racism, U.S., White Women, Women of Color | 136 Comments »

The Tragedy of a Failed Politic

April 22, 2013
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The Tragedy of a Failed Politic

By Farah Tanis, Kalima DeSuze, and Nikki Patin Black Women’s Blueprint It is over 180 years since the abolition movement, 165 years since women’s suffrage, and approximately 50 years since the women’s liberation movement propelled American feminism to center stage. Despite noticeable progress, numerous literary and cultural productions, media recognition from the mainstream to...
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Posted in Black Women, Feminism, Racism, U.S., White Women, Women of Color | 8 Comments »

Across Difference, Toward Liberation: An Introduction to TFW’s Forum on Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism within Feminism

April 22, 2013
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By Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Heather Laine Talley Perhaps in this twenty-four hour news cycle culture, the horrid sexist and racist sexualization of nine-year old Quvenzhané Wallis both at the Academy Awards and in Twittersphere is now old news. And maybe for her sake, it should be. White feminists’ silence in the face of...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Black Women, Culture, Disability, Economy, Education, Family, Feminism, Health, History, Immigration, Politics, Racism, Region, Religion, Reproduction, Sexuality, U.S., Violence, White Women, Women of Color, World | 40 Comments »

On Guns, Fetuses, and “Pro-Life” Hypocrisy

April 15, 2013
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On Guns, Fetuses, and “Pro-Life” Hypocrisy

Last week, while grieving parents of the children killed in Newtown were tearfully urging gun control measures, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) boldly launched—to well deserved criticism—a new “pro-life” campaign slogan: “If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted.” The slogan, printed on a campaign bumper sticker, is a ridiculous statement from a politician known...
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First To Die: Evil Dead and Blackness in Horror

April 13, 2013
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By Joshua Alston The victor in this weekend’s box-office battle was Evil Dead, the remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-classic horror film, which roared into first place with a better-than-expected $26 million take, and won far better critical reviews than are typical for horror films. Like the majority of remakes, the new Evil Dead...
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Radical Birthwork as an Act of Resistance

April 11, 2013
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Radical Birthwork as an Act of Resistance

By Ynanna Djehuty I like to open with definitions. The usage of words and knowing the weight they hold is important to all discourse, regardless of whether we are conscious of their weight or not. For this piece, I want to define the key words in its title so I may offer the reader...
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Posted in Black Women, Family, Health, Reproduction, U.S., Women of Color | 4 Comments »

On Mistreating Female Athletes

April 8, 2013
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By Allison Javors and Wade Davis, II I fell in love with Women’s College Basketball in 1993.  I can remember watching Sheryl Swoopes score 47 points leading the Texas Tech Lady Raiders over the Ohio State Lady Buckeyes.  Sheryl Swoopes was like nothing I had ever seen before and she single-handedly dominated the lady...
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Posted in Sexuality, Sports, U.S. | 12 Comments »

Cynthia Wachenheim and the Impossible Terrain of Motherhood

April 4, 2013
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Cynthia Wachenheim and the Impossible Terrain of Motherhood

By Alison Piepmeier As Keira Williams wrote here recently, Cynthia Wachenheim killed herself—and attempted to kill her son—because she felt that she’d been a terrible mother.  Williams aptly observes the way in which our culture creates and upholds unrealistic standards of motherhood, the “mommy myth” of the Good Mother.  These sorts of cultural narratives...
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