Black Women’s Lives Don’t Matter in Academia Either, or Why I Quit Academic Spaces that Don’t Value Black Women’s Life and Labor

May 18, 2015
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On May 14, 2015 I resigned from my job as a part-time Visiting Assistant Professor at a university. For three years I believed in its quest for student success; faculty/staff excellence and inclusion through professional development and retention; research and innovation; community impact; and accountability. According to my CV, it was a perfect fit. Only it wasn’t. Something was missing. Something that tied my particular experience to a much...
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Towards An Abolitionist Feminism

May 15, 2015
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By Zillah Eisenstein As an anti-racist white feminist, I wonder if it is enough to be an “ally” in this present and “newest” moment of racist/militarist/carceral violence. Or, is there something more to do? I am thinking hard about this “newness,” which is also very old. White anti-racist feminists can take the lead from our Black and Brown sisters and embrace an abolitionist stance towards chattel slavery and its...
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2 poems by Jaimie Gusman

May 15, 2015
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Swoon   When I pass out I have visions of my soul. My soul is a large blue flicker with white glow.   I pass out two or three times a year. The first time I held my breath before jumping   in the pool – I was ten or eleven years old. When I jumped I had already began to lose   consciousness and the dream began where...
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Feminists We Love: Tamara Winfrey Harris

May 15, 2015
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Feminists We Love: Tamara Winfrey Harris

 Tamara Winfrey Harris is a writer who specializes in the intersection of race and gender with current events, politics and pop culture. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Sun-Times, In These Times, Ms. and Bitch magazines and online at Fusion, The American Prospect, Salon, The Guardian, Newsweek/Daily Beast, Jane Pratt’s XO Jane, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Change.org and Clutch magazine. She has been called to address women’s...
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Ganesh and Kali: Seeing Myself in a Feminist Artist’s Goddess of Destruction

May 14, 2015
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Chitra Ganesh

By Chaya Babu The other day, I furiously penned a blog post after two simultaneous attacks that I am not the right kind of woman. I had been on the phone with a well-meaning cousin who suggested that my ongoing heartache over the death of my best friend, his little sister, was preventing me from loving in the way I ought to. Read: I should grow up and find a...
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Introducing Nina Sharma

May 12, 2015
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Introducing Nina Sharma

NINA SHARMA is a writer from Edison, New Jersey. Her work has been featured in Teachers & Writers Magazine, Drunken Boat, Certain Circuits Magazine, The Feminist Wire, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, and Ginosko Literary Journal. She recently was awarded a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her nonfiction. She is formerly the Director of Public Programs at the Asian American Writers’...
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How Sex Reassignment Surgery Works in America

May 11, 2015
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How Sex Reassignment Surgery Works in America

By Eric Plemons Fascination with Bruce Jenner’s possible transition from male to female has prompted a deluge of writing on Jenner and on the process of transition, more broadly. One such article, by Lenny Bernstein, appeared on the Washington Post “To Your Health” blog in February. Using Jenner as a point of departure, Bernstein’s article, “Here’s How Sex Reassignment Surgery Works,” offered what seemed to be a general overview...
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Highway of Tears: A Review

May 7, 2015
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Mavis Erickson

I first viewed the stunning documentary Highway of Tears, directed by Matt Smiley and produced by Smiley and Carly Pope, during a week in which I was also teaching geographer Katherine McKittrick’s Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle. McKittrick explores the complex racial and gender entanglements of place and space. She writes, “Concealment, marginalization, boundaries are important social processes. We make concealment happen; it is not...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: POETRY BY WAFA SIMPORE

May 6, 2015
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~~~~~~~~~ Step by step is an understatement of the Complexity Confusion Exhaustion That comes along with this work, Deconstruction Reconstruction so that many of us can carry on Carry onto a place of understanding Willingness Strength   Until the lion has a historian, the hunter will always be the hero. – African Proverb   Histories Histories is where we are grounded To carry on the stepping stone to one...
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3 poems by Eve Kenneally

May 6, 2015
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South   In between, I brush my teeth in a truck stop and remember how to fishtail my hair. Mostly my hands cramp around the steering wheel, strange names echoing behind my eyes. Chilhowie. Jensi feeds me strips of seaweed, wasabi salt stinging my lips. Alhowe. Lauryn Hill croons under my questions about exits and rest stops. Blountville. I hate everything about driving. My shirt slicks my back, shoulders...
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Personal Is Political: Trans Feminine Humility

May 5, 2015
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While internalized misogyny tells me I need to be humble and quiet, internalized transmisogyny tells me I need to be even more humble and quiet—this has effectively shut me up. Although I have begun to challenge this notion within myself, the question becomes: How do we begin to fight this in the world at large? I hope and believe that talking about it openly will be a start.
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