Transfiguring Masculinities in Black Women’s Studies

May 18, 2011
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Transfiguring Masculinities in Black Women’s Studies

By C. Riley Snorton Although there continues to be controversy regarding whether men can create black feminist scholarship, numerous black feminist theorists have argued for the inclusion of black men and studies of masculinities as components of black feminist thought and practice.  These debates are borne out of the relationships between racism and sexism, which have been important in figuring alliances across movements while also illuminating the tensions that...
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Sluts on Parade

May 16, 2011
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Sluts on Parade

By Ulli K. Ryder, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Brown University The Slutwalk is sweeping the world – women and men, march and shout chants, carrying banners that read “My Outfit is Not an Invitation” or “Stop Slut Shame.” College students are the most visible participants. The young women – in jeans and t-shirts or bras and micro-minis – shout their reclamation of the normally derogatory word. The sisterhood solidarity is...
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Views on the West Wing (I)

May 13, 2011
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It is fair to say that the Obama Presidency has set my mind awash in currents of confusion: I confess—I don’t know what the man is doing, except that whatever it is seems to align without fail with what we call the political. As I see it (or not), the obscurity of motives that veils this White House from clear view—this playing both sides of the road—feeds my doubt...
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The United States of Incarceration

May 11, 2011
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The United States of Incarceration

By LaToyyia Knight-Gonzales and Monica J. Casper America has a prison problem. And this problem does not involve a shortage of jails. Nor is it that private corporations such as CCA are unable to turn a profit. Indeed, running a prison can be extremely lucrative both for corporations and the politicians who support them. The problem is also not one of security and containment, as in prisons are “just...
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Featured Writer: Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

May 11, 2011
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Featured Writer:  Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

from “A Strange People” We-Chrissie will let the white men see and touch our difference.  She will smile for doctors and handlers like Mrs. Susan’s old china trinket dolls, tilt her head just so and laugh, her hand grabbing at our hemline. In the next town, we’ll see banners and broadsides proclaiming our “charm.” We-Millie will not understand why they would write us that way. She will taste the...
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The Defiant One: Euzhan Palcy

May 9, 2011
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The Defiant One: Euzhan Palcy

By Trica Danielle Keaton For Joanne and David Burke, with thanks and appreciation. Marlon Brando, Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland, Gérard Depardieu and the controversial American Idol and Grammy winning singer, Fantasia Barrino, need no introduction.  Neither should Euzhan Palcy, the Martinican-born director in whose films these artists are all featured.  The retrospective of Palcy’s work at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from May 18-21—the first Black woman filmmaker...
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On the Death of Osama bin Laden

May 4, 2011
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On the Death of Osama bin Laden

By Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman My son asked me last night if I were “happy” that Osama bin Laden had been killed.  He expressed his own sense that justice had been served, though he could not bring himself to “celebrate,” as his friends at school seemed to think was in order.  Perhaps not surprisingly, and like my son, I have not greeted the death of Osama bin Laden, the notorious leader...
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Birds of Different Feathers

May 4, 2011
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Birds of Different Feathers

By Patricia Friedrich I have to confess that it was with some trepidation that I took my family to see the new animated movie Rio. The only carioca among us, I felt a sense of responsibility toward the city of my birth, a pressing wish that it be presented to a generation of kids with a modicum of accuracy and respect. Truth be told, I wasn’t hoping for an...
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Spotlight Poet: Nicole Sealey

May 4, 2011
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Spotlight Poet:  Nicole Sealey

Underperforming Sonnet Overperforming ————–FOR MARILYN NELSON This poem, this time, is the best idea / I’ve ever had—the best in history / even, the best any has had, I swear… / and, I should know, I’ve kept inventory / of them all; this poem is the alpha, / omega, filler, and the laterals, / literally the conceit of a far / off blank stare or a volta with virile...
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Thoughts on Feminist Critique (Real and Faux): An Addendum to “Faux Feminist Men”

May 4, 2011
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Due to the high readership, commentary on, and sharing of “Faux Feminist Men and Other Figments (Real and Imagined)” by TFW collective member Heather Talley, we have included an addendum at the request of the author.  The Feminist Wire remains “unapologetically committed to radically constructive and productive criticism for the sake of human flourishing” and thus, stands in solidarity with Dr. Talley. The Editors _________________________________________________________________ As someone who writes things and...
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On the Record: the Right’s Document Fetish

May 3, 2011
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Academics, especially those in the humanities, cannot escape bad news. We hear of fresh budget cuts on a weekly basis. In the last few weeks alone, federal funding has been slashed by as much as 61 percent for the Teaching American History, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services programs. Fulbright-Hays grants are likely facing similar fates for the next fiscal year, and tuition...
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