Why Women Will Lead the Way on Gun Reform

May 29, 2014
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Memorial to Isla Vista Shooting Victims (Photo Credit: CNN)

By Hollye Dexter What woke me that summer morning in 1978 was the screaming. I didn’t know it was my mother’s voice. I’d never heard a sound like that come out of her. I ran into the living room to find my seven-year-old brother Christopher covered in blood. He had just been shot in the head by a neighborhood kid playing with his dad’s gun. Christopher was in the...
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Internalized Misogyny within the Geek Community

May 28, 2014
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By Desiree Rodriguez When geek culture started to truly flourish with the increasing profitability of superhero movies, supernaturally based TV shows, and renewed interest in the science fiction and fantasy genres, new fans started pouring in. The effect of social media is a large community of fans — or fandom. Keeping in contact, planning events, having meet-and-greets, and developing friendships has become a staple of online fandoms. Sharing theories on...
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Poem Suite: Missing

May 28, 2014
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Poem Suite: Missing

Tourists By Em Bowen Around  this time last year, I started to read books about grief. I like to think that I did this because I wanted to be prepared for death, but really, it was an accident. I was in Powell’s Books a month before I left Portland and I happened to see Joan Didion’s name on the shelves that flanked the doorway to the blue room, the...
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Demeter Press at Risk of Closing: Is Motherhood a Feminist Issue Worthy of Support?

May 27, 2014
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By Christine H. Morton Do we need a feminist movement for mothers? Do motherhood scholars need their own association and publisher? Andrea O’Reilly, founder of Demeter Press, the first book publisher focused specifically on the topic of mothering/ motherhood, says we do, and she calls it matricentric feminism. Demeter Press has published books on several facets of motherhood, and future titles include: Muslim Mothering, Mothering and Performance, Black Motherhoods,...
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An Alert: Capital is Intersectional; Radicalizing Piketty’s Inequality

May 26, 2014
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An Alert: Capital is Intersectional; Radicalizing Piketty’s Inequality

By Zillah Eisenstein When civil rights activists speak about race they are told they need to think about class as well. When anti-racist feminists focus on the problems of gendered racism they are also told to include class.  So—I will continue this discussion with: when formulating class inequality one should have race and gender in view as well. Capital is intersectional.  It always intersects with the bodies that produce...
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Feminists We Love: Amina Doherty

May 25, 2014
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May 25th is African Liberation Day (ALD).  The Feminist Wire is celebrating ALD with two interviews of African Feminists We Love: Amina Doherty, a Nigerian feminist ARTivist, and Fadzai Muparutsa, a Zimbabwean queer feminist activist whose interview will be published on May 30, 2014.  “We rise up and come together as Africans globally, working for a continent where self-determination, as well as physical, emotional, social and economic wellbeing are...
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Carter as Kristof: How Jimmy Carter’s New Book Takes a Page Out of Nick Kristof’s Savior Narrative

May 23, 2014
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By Sayantani DasGupta Jimmy Carter is undoubtedly a good man with good intentions. He was, in fact, one of my first heroes. He was the first president I ‘voted’ for in my elementary school mock presidential elections (and that while living in a red state). His work after the presidency, including building houses for the homeless and joining, with other world leaders, Nelson Mandela’s “The Elders,” has been nothing...
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Genderqueering Spaces with Sassafras

May 22, 2014
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By Basil Soper The first time I met Sassafras Lowrey was in 2011 at a queer studies conference in Asheville, NC. I had the pleasure of taking a writing workshop with Sassafras and remember being amazed at the honesty ze provoked from people in the room. Sassafras gave the workshop attendees space to dig into sore and uncomfortable places that had been buried over time. Ze facilitated ways to heal...
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Personal is Political: The Good Life: LIVING with HIV

May 22, 2014
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Jared Childress, "I am a writer, educator, advocate, son, brother, uncle, cousin—an imperfect human being and friend. I also claim my blackness, sexuality, and HIV status as fiercely as the socially acceptable parts of myself; it is these seemingly unlovable parts that have allowed me to build rich, honest relationships with different types of people. As a multi-dimensional person, all parts of my identity create the person I am...
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Poem Suite: Family

May 21, 2014
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Poem Suite: Family

3/4 Profile by Rasiqra Revulva   “A night full of talking that hurts, my worst held-back secrets: everything has to do with loving and not loving   This night will pass.” -Rumi – “There You Are” (translated by Coleman Barks)   my mother inserts her every displeasure like an implacable speculum, cranked halfway fever-warm from her bare hands and issuing vibrations of up to one thousand censorious megahertz. a spaghetti...
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“Infiltrate What Exists, Innovate What Doesn’t”: Mentoring in the Academy, Leading By Example Part 2

May 21, 2014
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In the second installment, I discuss scholarship and service, two components of a professional development portfolio that academic women often fall short because they are so focused on teaching. teaching is undeniably important in the life of any academic; most feminist scholars value the interaction in the classroom as a site of activism and engagement. But professionals in the academy are also expected to perform service and conduct and...
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