The Language of War

November 14, 2011
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The last few months have been received by most as a foreign policy boon for our fledgling sitting President. In a global climate dominated by a “war on terror,” ever-expanding and apparently without end, Mr. Obama has distinguished himself as a war president in troubled times. He presided over the tracking and killing of Osama Bin Laden; oversaw the country’s role in the NATO intervention in Libya that resulted...
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Security/Safety Concerns about Occupy Wall Street

November 12, 2011
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Security/Safety Concerns about Occupy Wall Street

By Linda Martín Alcoff   The Oakland occupation was shut the last week of October, albeit temporarily, on the grounds of concerns about safety and security. Sexual assaults of various sorts had been rumored, as well as thefts, drug use, and transgressions on public property. Marijuana use is hardly a major concern in Oakland California, where it has been effectively decriminalized through medical permissions, and the smell pervades the...
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Un-Settling Fatness: Obesity Goes Pop-Genre Big

November 11, 2011
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Un-Settling Fatness: Obesity Goes Pop-Genre Big

I expected to love Chelsea Settles. I expected to hate Chelsea Settles. On both counts, I was wrong. MTV’s newest (semi)reality protagonist— spun, as the network puts it, as “A New Kind of Heroine”—the 23-year-old, 324-lb Pennsylvania native is likeable, but not quite loveable. She is sweet, and pretty, and her dialogue gestures toward intelligence. Yet her sweetness stops short of vulnerability, the intelligence short of brilliance, and at...
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Preventing the Undesirables: Forced Sterilization & Eugenics in the US and Abroad

November 10, 2011
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Preventing the Undesirables: Forced Sterilization & Eugenics in the US and Abroad

If you enjoy the luxury of living under a rock, you may have missed the news that the planet’s population has reached (and now exceeded) seven billion people. The media made quite a fuss about it, briefly rocketing the issue of population control ahead of the economy and unemployment rates. What is alarming about so many of these conversations is that the United States is constantly compared to other...
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The Christian Fascists’ Personhood Campaign

November 9, 2011
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The Christian Fascists’ Personhood Campaign

Taking its dangerous “life begins at conception” assault from State Legislature to State Legislature, one of the most dangerous political forces in the United States is stepping up its crusade for the “rights” of the unborn.  Backed by an organization called Personhood USA, the latest offensive by anti-choice Christian fascists involves a renewed movement to amend state constitutions to establish human rights and personhood status for fertilized eggs. On...
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Mississippi's Initiative 26 Challenges Women's Personhood

November 8, 2011
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Mississippi's Initiative 26 Challenges Women's Personhood

By Kalen Young   “Alabama’s got me so upset, Tennessee made me lose my rest, and everybody knows about Mississsippi Goddam…” Little did anyone assume Nina Simone’s infamous lyrics would be reverberating in the groans of women residing in Mississippi 47 years later. Nina Simone wrote “Mississippi Goddamn” as a response to racial violence that murdered Medgar Evers in the state and led to the bombing of a church...
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Hypothetical Women, Real Violence

November 7, 2011
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Hypothetical Women, Real Violence

By Wanda Kolomyjec and Monica J. Casper Some disturbingly familiar scenes from the campaign trail… “Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” (1988, Bernard Shaw to presidential candidate Michael Dukakis) “But you’ve had children, grandchildren. If one of your female children, grand children was raped, you would honestly want her to bring up that baby as her own?”...
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Reproductive Justice Forum on TFW

November 7, 2011
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Today in TFW, we begin a series of articles about reproductive justice, one of the most urgent issues of our time. Indeed, few issues so viscerally embody the profound conservative attacks on women and girls. From assaults on abortion rights to “personhood” initiatives to diminished funding for sexual assault services, women’s bodies are the fleshy terrain on/in which contemporary politics are played out, typically by men in power. Yet,...
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Occupy Rape Culture

November 5, 2011
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Occupy Rape Culture

The Occupy movement has a growing challenge that needs immediate attention: in-house rape.  As of today, there are at least 4 reported rapes in Baltimore, Cleveland, Glasgow and Dallas, the latter of which includes a 14-year-old runaway girl and a convicted sex offender.  I imagine there are several others, most of which have likely gone unreported—for various reasons.  First, many of the police officers working Occupy movements haven’t necessarily proven...
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It’s About Time: FBI Begins Process to Redefine Rape

November 4, 2011
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By Ally Karsyn Countless cases of sexual assault are excluded from federal statistics each year. Since 1927, the FBI has been using the same definition of rape, meaning they only count cases of “forcible male penile penetration of a female.” Any sexual assault that falls outside this narrow definition doesn’t count as rape. In a long-awaited move, the FBI took its first step last week to expand the federal...
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Soup Maker for the Masses

November 2, 2011
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Soup Maker for the Masses

By S. Buchalter There was a time, that I was on the front lines or behind the fences, in the dark, at night, climbing over them to do the dirty work of a revolution.  I believe in property damage to the man, especially when he / they are going to flood Native American Land once again and all the magic in the world that I have been doing, all...
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  • Hunger Kwame Laughing Foto

    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

  • Stroller (A Screenplay) Black families and community

    Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.

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    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.”

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