Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In

October 28, 2013
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Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In

 By bell hooks Editors’ Note: Though some of the fanfare surrounding Sheryl Sandberg (of Facebook and Lean In fame) has died down, Sandberg is back with her neoliberal feminism, or what bell hooks describes below as “faux feminism.”  After weeks of traveling the nation hawking books (and thousands upon thousands sold), amid endless celebration, debate, and criticism, Sandberg and her corporate feminism seek to cover even more territory. Sadly,...
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Editorial: Showing Up, Speaking Up

October 27, 2013
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brittney-cooper

By The Feminist Wire Collective The Brooklyn-based Brecht Forum held a panel last week entitled, “What Do We Mean When We Say Privilege, Ally & Comrade? Exploring the Difficulty of Difference & Movement Building.” For a progressive organization built around the ideas of “theatre of the oppressed” and transformational movement-building, the Forum’s event represented a stunning performance of oppression. More specifically, a performance of all-too-familiar male gender privilege. Two...
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Op-Ed: “Looking Good” is Overrated: One Mom’s Response to Maria Kang

October 27, 2013
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Maria Kang

By Lily July Maria Kang, you look fabulous.  I fully commend you for the work you put into a goal that was important to you, and I congratulate you on your success.  I admire you for your self-reflective journey, your honesty in your writing, and your acknowledgment that everyone is different.  I looked pretty good before I got pregnant, but nothing like you. I also have an eight-month old...
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Segregated Sisterhoods and the Mercurial Politics of Racial Truth-Telling

October 24, 2013
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Segregated Sisterhoods and the Mercurial Politics of Racial Truth-Telling

By Shannen Dee Williams “Young lady, you just told my story. In 1952, I was denied admission to the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Buffalo, New York solely on the basis of race. I was one of the broken hearts that you mentioned.” Those were the first words spoken to me by Elaine Marie Clyburn on March 21, 2012. I had just delivered a lecture on the...
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The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

October 23, 2013
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The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

By Sally Stevens, Elizabeth Stahmer, and Cecile McKee There is a substantial body of research showing that when a person is cruel to animals, they are more likely to be cruel to people as well, that animal abuse is more prevalent in homes in which domestic violence (DV) occurs, and that when any form of violence is present in a home, no one (including pets) is safe. One study of...
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A Letter to Marissa Alexander

October 23, 2013
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marissa alexander

Dear Marissa, It was a cold and dark Christmas Eve—sometime in the mid 80’s. My mom, my three sisters, and I lived in a small, but comfortable, house on Maryland Street in Camden, NJ. We smiled a lot. According to the pictures I recently stole from mom, my sisters and I donned big smiles and tight ass corduroys. What’s interesting to me some twenty-plus years later, however, is the...
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Violence Against Women Is Not A Cultural Tradition But A Crime

October 22, 2013
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domestic violence

By Hope Wabuke On Tuesday, October 1, reports the India Times from Muzaffarnaga, India, two women in the Fugana village were gang raped, their homes burned to the ground to intimidate them from reporting the crime. This is after four other women were gang raped on September 30 in the same village, their homes also burned down. This could be why a seventeen year old girl, also in India, killed herself rather than face her rapists in...
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Domestic Violence Survivors Write to their Body Parts to Reclaim the Pieces that Make Them Whole and at Home

October 22, 2013
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Domestic Violence Survivors

By Lexie Bean “Do not be afraid to put this book down. Do not be afraid to pick this book up. This book is not heavy, but a release for those who have survived.” This call for space and validation mark the opening pages of Portable Homes, an anthology filled with letters written by domestic violence survivors to one of their body parts. These pages serve as an act...
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Pageantry: There is Another Story

October 21, 2013
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Pageantry: There is Another Story

By Takiyah Amin Sometimes a piece writes itself. In the last few weeks feelings have swirled in my body as I have read and listened to others discuss the racist backlash that ensued in the wake of Nina Davuluri being crowned Miss America. While some diminished Miss America as a mere “ beauty pageant” that focused on talent contests, hairspray and answers to world peace that could be given in two minutes...
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Op-Ed: Abortion Funds: Bridging the Gap in Reproductive Health Care Where Texas and The Hyde Amendment Won’t

October 20, 2013
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Op-Ed: Abortion Funds: Bridging the Gap in Reproductive Health Care Where Texas and The Hyde Amendment Won’t

By Amanda Williams As open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act finally kicks off, Americans are beginning to celebrate a healthier future for our country.  We rejoice over the millions of people who will receive coverage, no co-pays for preventive care, an end to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, out-of-pocket expense caps, and much more. But one thing seems to be missing from this incredible list of health benefits:...
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Blue State Blues

October 18, 2013
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Blue State Blues

By Kavita Das In January of 2008, I found myself threading my way out of the crowded living room of a friend’s Brooklyn apartment, where forty or so people were milling about and socializing, paper cups of beer or wine in hand. But all of that receded into the background, as my face and ears burned from a conversation that I had just walked away from. About half an...
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