Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Sexual Violence

April 10, 2014
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By Jennifer Patterson Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement is a forthcoming anthology being published by Magnus Books in 2014. The following are portions of the introduction to the book; some parts have been edited out for the purpose of this publication. What is queering sexual violence? In a broad sense, it is a centering on that which is usually in the margins, be...
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The Gentle Critique in Activist Spaces: A Newby’s First Year Journey on Social Media

April 9, 2014
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By Kimbo Grama Can the online become the lifeline?  We’re told, it’s not possible; we’re told that that people we meet in online forums are not real.  They’re fake friends and associates, whom we don’t even know.  We are challenged to think about the prudence of investing in them and engaging them, such that if they appear to be too far off message, we might accuse them of trolling. ...
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Caring Queer Feminist Communities

April 9, 2014
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By Jay Keim At a workshop with the Northwest Network (Seattle, USA), I was asked why I became an anti violence advocate. I felt ambivalent about the answer I came up with: I want to give the support to others that i myself was missing when i experienced violence. From the responses that other people gave I gathered that I wasn’t the only one who came to feminist anti...
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Meditations on Being Right

April 8, 2014
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By Lyndsey Godwin This is a sermon that was given on February 12, 2013 at the weekly chapel service held at Vanderbilt Divinity School, an inter-denominational, though historically Judeo-Christian graduate school for theological education.  The focal scripture for this service was 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. In February, I traveled with a small group of Vanderbilt Divinity School students to Creating Change, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQI gatherings of activist,...
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From Feminist Critique to Social Transformation: Lessons from Social Forum

April 8, 2014
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By Rose M. Brewer A little over seven years ago, January 20-25, 2007, I was in Nairobi, Kenya at the World Social Forum.  For those unfamiliar with the forum, it is the global gathering of the world’s peoples, the dispossessed, genders, ethnicities, cultures, and regions.  The World Social Forum was established in 2001 in Porte Alegre, Brazil.   For many years the forum was held at the same time as...
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Beyond Critique: An Introduction

April 7, 2014
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Susannah Bartlow, Stephanie Gilmore, and Duchess Harris We envision this forum as a way to map that terrain beyond critique in the means and moment we share.  We hope to build authentic dialogue and connections among the many people practicing feminism on this rich ground; to respect difference and difficulty as sacred, not as barriers; to model a multi-genre, perhaps even multi-register, address into the vast field—and listen for...
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Feminist Critique: A Legacy of Transformation

April 7, 2014
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By Claire Tighe Criticism and self-criticism are the way in which individuals united by common goals can consciously utilize their differences and limitations, in order to accelerate their positive advance.  -James and Grace Lee Boggs, Revolution and Evolution in the 20th Century It was February. It was a Sunday. It was 2010. I was hidden away in my school’s science center, hunched over a small, round table, drawing my...
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The Promise of Post-Oppositional Politics: A Preliminary Conversation

April 7, 2014
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By Layli Maparyan and  AnaLouise Keating Layli Maparyan (LM): How did you come to the notion of post-oppositional politics? AnaLouise Keating (ALK): I’ve only started using the term “post-oppositional” fairly recently (when I was working on my book, Transformation Now!), but for years, I’ve been attracted to theories, practices, and people who enact resistance and transformation in non-oppositional ways and seek to create radically inclusive communities–for instance, Ralph Waldo...
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Glenn McConnell and the College of Charleston: Hidden Histories and the Confederate Imagery

April 4, 2014
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By Jamie Huff South Carolina’s history as a former Confederate state engenders both resistance and refractory nostalgia. The recent decision to appoint Glenn McConnell as president of College of Charleston, a man known to wear a Confederate uniform, has sparked students, faculty, and staff to confront the state’s past support for slavery. It has pushed the school and city’s racial history into spotlight, raising questions about the continued role...
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Shitty Justice: Environmental Injustice in India —Part 2

April 4, 2014
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I begin again with questions (I hope you remember this is still an “interrogative text” where there are no answers as in disclosures. Therefore closure too is elusive in this text). What does it mean to have access to the poor (to latch onto the most recognizable and theorized category called class) when they do not have access to the rich? Why is their crossing into rich spaces not...
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The Colbert Report and White Privilege: Satire I don’t believe in

April 3, 2014
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By Michelle Medina I am a fan of The Daily Show. I am a fan of Jon Stewart and his cultural resistance to the status quo and holders of social power.  In fact, I watch his show religiously with my daughter.  We anticipate the next instance where he will speak truth to power.  A show known for its diversity of comedic writers that has made a name for itself...
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