If Wishes Were Fishes: A Love Letter to Our Daughters

October 11, 2013
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If Wishes Were Fishes: A Love Letter to Our Daughters

Today is International Day of the Girl Child. A celebration of girls the world over, this day also marks the absence of educational and other opportunities from many girls’ lives and the presence of far too much violence, from sexual assault to child marriage to hate crimes, especially for girls of color and those living in poverty. On this very day in 2001, I was heavily pregnant with my...
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Day of the Girl: Celebrating the Beauty that is J’dah Thibeaux

October 11, 2013
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Twenty-two years ago I met a friend for life; one of the most sincere, supportive, and loving people you’ll ever meet.  Seven years later, my dear friend had a daughter.  Her name is J’dah Thibeaux.  And like her mother, she is amazing.  J’dah is by far one of the most intriguing fifteen year old tenth grade girls I’ve ever come across.  She’s smart, intuitive, caring, and ambitious.  And it doesn’t hurt...
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Sound Off: Black Women Writers Respond to Rihanna’s “Pour it Up”

October 11, 2013
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Sound Off: Black Women Writers Respond to Rihanna’s “Pour it Up”

Given all of the responses,  mostly negative, to Rihanna’s “Pour it Up” video, TFW decided to invite a few of our favorite black women writers to sound off. Their responses remind us that there is much to consider regarding respectability politics, power, violence, sex, sex positivity, sexuality, agency, popular culture, womanhood, and much else among feminists. Check out the responses below and join the conversation.   The video for “Pour...
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Disposable Children: Whiteness, Heterosexism and the Murder of Lawrence King

October 10, 2013
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Disposable Children: Whiteness, Heterosexism and the Murder of Lawrence King

It isn’t until the end of director Marta Cunningham’s new HBO documentary film Valentine Road, the gut-wrenching chronicle of the 2008 classroom murder of 15 year-old Lawrence King, a homeless gay youth of color, that the viewer learns the significance of the film’s name.  Valentine Road is the location of King’s Oxnard, California grave, the final resting place of a caring, intelligent child whose death became a lightning rod...
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The Government Shutdown, Rape and Other Extortions of Assets

October 9, 2013
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The Government Shutdown, Rape and Other Extortions of Assets

By Farah Tanis For many in this movement to end rape and address the intersecting, crosscutting and causal factors that perpetuate it, a government shutdown is not just a government shutdown.  For us, it is yet another extortion of assets—an extortion of resources from those who are often, if not consistently, financially vulnerable. When people lack resources or more specifically, when they lack money often equated to power and...
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Feminist Leadership: Leading For the Least of Us

October 8, 2013
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Feminist Leadership: Leading For the Least of Us

By Kelly Macías  If you’ve been paying attention, the last three months have made for a fascinating study in leadership; or more specifically, the lack thereof. The George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case reinvigorated nationwide debate about the many ills plaguing the Black community. Bombarding us with commentary on crime and violence affecting Black males, “leaders” are everywhere. Black and white leaders have scolded us to get our...
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The Postconventional Ethics of Chelsea Manning

October 7, 2013
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Ethics of Chelsea Manning

By John Stoltenberg At this moment in U.S. history, there may be no nonelected figure in the public eye whose ethics are both more respected and more reviled than the incarcerated soldier known as Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley). Yet the public conversation about Pfc. Manning has not given serious consideration to what those ethics actually are. In this essay I offer my understanding of the underlying ethical frameworks that...
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Introducing: Squeezed Between Feminisms (But Not Benedict Cumberbatch)

October 7, 2013
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Introducing: Squeezed Between Feminisms (But Not Benedict Cumberbatch)

By Andrea Plaid and Tami Winfrey Harris; crossposted at Squeezed Between Feminisms Tami: You had to work Benedict Cumberbatch in here, didn’t you? I’m beginning to think you’re secretly a bigger fan than I am! I’m no stranger to Andrea shenanigans. We’ve known each other, what, five or six years? Andrea: Sis, I know Cumberbatch is your catnip, so I knew I could get you here. As far as...
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Forum on Brown Feminism(s)

October 3, 2013
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Forum on Brown Feminism(s)

By Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez, Shubhra Sharma, and Sophia Villarreal-Licona DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 1, 2014 At times, it feels like conversations about race in the U.S. are often expressed exclusively in a Black and white dichotomy. This forum intends to cultivate discussions that reveal experiences invisibilized by such a limited understanding of what it means to be a woman of color (WOC) today. With this call for submissions, we hope...
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#BlameFeminism: For the Hurt & the Hustle

October 3, 2013
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#BlameFeminism: For the Hurt & the Hustle

By Tanwi Nandini Islam Feminism is the hustle to survive in a world that does not care about you. The latest Internet satire tells us to #blamefeminism for everything from dying houseplants to paper cuts to breaking down the nuclear family to trigger warnings. As an avowed feminist, and a tad millennial, I’ll join the bandwagon. I #blamefeminism too. As most feminists, I have taken on an unspoken oath to...
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Justice for Marissa! Set her Free! (Read and Sign)

October 2, 2013
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Justice for Marissa!  Set her Free! (Read and Sign)

By Zillah Eisenstein October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Marissa Alexander was imprisoned in 2010 for 20 years after trying to defend herself from a known abusive estranged husband.  She shot at him after a life threatening beating from a battering spouse with a history of abuse.  She along with almost 85% of women in prison have been incarcerated because of the “criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual...
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