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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The Racial and Sexual Politics of Peace

October 30, 2013
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The Racial and Sexual Politics of Peace

By Kelly Macías The week of October 7th was Nobel Prize week. And for economists, writers, scientists, and those who actively work for the resolution of conflict, and peace more broadly, the announcement of the Nobel Prize awards are like the Emmys, Oscars, and Grammys all rolled into one. Those of us engaged in the fields of international relations, conflict resolution, and peace studies eagerly await the announcement of...
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Love Is Not Enough: A Response to the Love as a Radical Act Forum

October 29, 2013
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By Francesca Mastrangelo When we think of love, concepts of romance, nostalgia and other variations of tenderness often come to mind. Without a doubt, thoughts of meaningful relationships and profound memories that spark a certain warm fuzziness pop up when someone utters that four-letter word. Yet, when we think of love as an idea stretching beyond its common applications and associations, we find that love can be, in fact, something...
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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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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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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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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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