Mourning Those Lost, Fighting for Our Lives: 2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 15, 2013
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By Princess Harmony Imagine this: you’re born to the outside world being as healthy as you could possibly be. Imagine that while the world is telling you that you’re healthy, you know you’re not. You know that your body doesn’t feel correct, that you have extra pieces and there are missing pieces, as though you were a puzzle that someone tried to force together. Lastly, imagine that you were...
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Fixing the World: A Feminist Intervention

November 14, 2013
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Fixing the World

Recently, NYU Press published 22 Ideas to Fix the World, edited by Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa. It’s a fine book, full of smart, engaging, and provocative suggestions for instigating social change. Contributors include some of the brightest economists, historians, sociologists, and policy analysts of our time, luminaries such as Mike Davis, Muhammad Yunus, Zygmunt Bauman, Kemal Dervis, and Joseph Stiglitz. The book is weighty, in more ways than one....
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In Cold Blood: The Murder of Renisha McBride

November 11, 2013
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In Cold Blood: The Murder of Renisha McBride

A white family grieves in outrage after their teenage daughter has been gunned down by a black homeowner in an African American neighborhood. In this parallel universe the killer walks free, enjoying the benefit of being viewed as having defended his home from a violent intruder, while the big city D.A. decides whether or not to charge him. It is no revelation to many black women in neo-apartheid Americana that being white and...
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Op-Ed: Revenge Porn, the Law, and Blaming the Victim

November 10, 2013
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Op-Ed: Revenge Porn, the Law, and Blaming the Victim

By Carmen Rane Hudson Revenge porn has been around longer than the Internet has. It’s a phenomenon where a man, usually an angry ex, publishes nude photographs of a woman without her knowledge or consent. It’s called “revenge” porn because of the common motive. Men usually use it to get back at women who break up with them. But it’s just as often done for kicks: In 1980, Hustler published...
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Imagining Patsey’s Rescue by Harriet Tubman (Or, Marie Laveau’s Vengeance)

November 8, 2013
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By Janell Hobson Having seen 12 Years a Slave twice (first at a fundraising event and later at a private screening and discussion), I am struck by the story of Patsey (superbly portrayed by Lupita Nyong’o), the enslaved woman who is “prized” and “favored” by Solomon Northup’s second owner, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender in a chillingly predatory role).  Northup’s survival narrative is a harrowing tale and poetically captured in...
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The Color of Teaching: Expectations of Mammy in the Classroom

November 6, 2013
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The Color of Teaching: Expectations of Mammy in the Classroom

By Manya Whitaker On October 24, 2013 the Center for American Progress released a report, The State of Women of Color in the United States. In the 40-page document there are data points comparing the economic, health, educational and employment status of African American, Asian and Hispanic women to their white counterparts. Most prevalent is the statistic suggesting that by the year 2050, 53% of the female population will be...
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What Does Solidarity Look Like? The 2014 Winter Olympics

November 5, 2013
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What Does Solidarity Look Like? The 2014 Winter Olympics

By Paisley Currah Every two years, the Olympic Games brings the world together to celebrate sports, witness the sacrifices and determination of the competitors, and admire the perfection of the muscles and contours of the athletes’ bodies (though the summer games provides more opportunity for that than the winter games). While competitors are grouped by nation–and certainly the medal count by country matters a lot–it’s also celebrated as an...
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“Action Expresses Priorities”: The Sochi Olympics and a Culture of Complicity

November 5, 2013
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“Action Expresses Priorities”: The Sochi Olympics and a Culture of Complicity

The upcoming Sochi Olympics are already shrouded in violence and inequality.  It is the Olympics after all, so the political, social, and cultural entanglements between the world’s largest sporting spectacle and the broader social realities (injustices) are nothing new. Yet, with the Olympics just over the horizon, 2014 will spotlight the ongoing oppression facing GLBTQ communities and their allies in Russia (and beyond). As with U.S. outrage over racism within...
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Say No to Homophobia: The 2014 Russian Olympics

November 4, 2013
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By Zillah Eisenstein I have recently returned from St. Petersburg, where nationalist thugs assaulted gay pride demonstrators in June of this year after Putin passed a law forbidding “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors.” The documentary “Children 404” describes these developments. Since the passage of Putin’s punitive bill, anti-LGBT violence and harassment is on the rise. Putin’s most recent declarations use homophobic anti-feminist discourses to express his newest...
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Op-Ed: What We Can Learn from the 2014 Winter Olympics?

November 3, 2013
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By Wade Davis II Every four years I look forward to the Olympics. To be honest, I’m not ultra enamored with the opening day pageantry and festivities — I watch for the athletes and the competition. Watching these athletes compete against the best in the world, to be named the best in the world, is indescribable. Imagine that. But this year’s Winter Olympics offer us all an opportunity to...
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What the Fashion World’s Minstrel Shows Mean for Real African Designers

October 31, 2013
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What the Fashion World’s Minstrel Shows Mean for Real African Designers

By Tanwi Nandini Islam Every Halloween season, a new crop of blackface horror stories appears in the news. Word of Saturday night’s annual Hallowood “Disco Africa” themed party in Milan has caught fire, attended by the likes of Stefano Gabbana, designer Allesandro Dell’Acqua, and model Anna Dello Russo dressed in tasteless garb involving blackface, suits in leopard print, tiger, and ornate feathered headdresses. As far as I could tell...
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