Evelyn Blackwood on Love and Family

September 3, 2013
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Evelyn Blackwood on Love and Family

By Evelyn Blackwood When gay people were the deviants of society, and were accused of engaging in illicit and immoral acts, it was easy to disregard the fundamental claims being asserted in those acts.  Now that the legitimacy of marriage is one of the primary goals of the gay movement and of many LGBT people (but not all), the dominant society is beginning to agree that same-sex relationships are...
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Fallen Angels & Failures to Love: Gendered Violence in Songs About Bad Girls

September 3, 2013
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By Annita Lucchesi  Every year a few songs like this come out (semi-recent examples include Lil Wayne’s “How to Love,” J.Cole’s “Daddy’s Little Girl,” and Wale’s “Bad”)—they’re basically slower male-written & performed odes to fallen women who are now emotionally unavailable, self-destructive, sexually loose, depressed, and are situated on the other side of some man’s paternalistic sexual voyeurism. I used to hate this kind of song. I have, for...
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The Liminal Space Between Love and Non-Love: An Introduction to the “Love as a Radical Act” Forum

September 2, 2013
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Love as a Radical Act

Love-talk tends to produce uncontaminated discourses that refuse to conceive love as a complex energy that is at once beautiful and messy, charitable and unruly. Love-talk tends to lack the critical imagination needed to vision the force of love beyond the Christian and/or philosophic categories of agape or eros. Indeed, James Baldwin reminded us that love is much more than an experience of ecstasy or manifestation of utopic desire...
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Jason Craige Harris on Love as a Radical Act

September 2, 2013
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By Jason Craige Harris If viewed simply as saccharine or only as the affective pull between, say, two creatures, love loses its world-changing potency. If there is any hope that empires will crumble and that new ones won’t arise from the ruins; if there is any hope that Life-affirming ways of being will become more norm than anomaly, love must be more than its individualist manifestations. It must be...
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Romantic Love – a Feminist Conundrum?

September 2, 2013
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By Renata Grossi Romantic love has been read as a radical force capable of breaking down entrenched social barriers. Philosophers and sociologists have argued that the connection of love with freedom and equality can be liberating and empowering for women; however, this assertion has been hotly contested by many feminists. Shulamith Firestone describes romantic love as the pivot of oppression for women—a holocaust, a hell, and a sacrifice. In this...
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Op-Ed: Don’t Call Me “Dude”

September 1, 2013
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Op-Ed: Don’t Call Me “Dude”

By Matt Graber Please don’t call me “man” or “dude” any longer. I will not join you in friendship or partnership on a male-supremacist, patriarchal project. I will not condone the view that women are born to provide you with sexual gratification, and to do care work for you. I will not be your wingman. I will not support your objectification of women’s bodies. Women are not accessories to you,...
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An Open Letter to Our Sister, CeCe McDonald

August 31, 2013
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An Open Letter to Our Sister, CeCe McDonald

By Brothers Writing to Live  Dear CeCe, This letter to you, sister, is past due. We are late to the struggle. And for that we are sorry. But like so many other moments of solidarity–especially those that come after crises have already ripped apart the lives of would-be comrades–we now show up as allies in your struggle against a system that abhors you as much as it does each...
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Dear Facebook Friend: A Primer on Racism

August 30, 2013
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Dear Facebook Friend: A Primer on Racism

By LaKisha Simmons In response to your racist memes and our ensuing discussion. You believe that race “doesn’t matter in today’s day,” that you treat all people as human, and that you do not see race.  In your heart you are color blind. But racism does not live in hearts.  Racism is not about your intention to be a good person. Other commentators have explained how race matters structurally, particularly...
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Miley’s Big Foam Finger Is Pointing At You: Stereotypes Plus Objectification Equals $$$

August 29, 2013
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By Hope Wabuke I swore I wasn’t going to write about Miley Cyrus. Enough people have already done it. Enough good ink has been spilled over our celebrity culture, impressionable youth and twerking—over Miley’s tongue and Miley’s big foam finger and Miley’s possible teddy bear fetish. But because no one else has said it, and if no one else has said it by now they’re not going to say...
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Race and The Invisible Cloak of “Black”

August 28, 2013
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Race in America: a story on becoming racialized with blackness while an immigrant

By Kuukua Yomekpe Two years into living in the U.S. a carload of Anglo American boys tried to run my two younger sisters and me over in an empty parking lot, yelling epithets, revving up their engine and doing donuts. Among the words, “Nigger” stood out. Not “monkey” not “jungle” but “Nigger.” It was 1997. When the full reality of what they said sunk in, I was infuriated even more....
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***UPDATED***Call for Submissions: TFW Forum on Disabilities, Ableism, and Disability Studies

August 27, 2013
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Forum Editors: Eddie Ndopu, Heather Laine Talley, and Monica J. Casper At TFW, we aim to not only produce feminist content but to embody our feminism through our editorial process. As such, we engage in ongoing dialogue with many of our writers. We mentor unpublished (and published) contributors through processes of revision. And when we hear from our readers, we take your ideas and critiques seriously. Yesterday, our CFP...
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