Jamie Utt on Love as a Radical Act

September 4, 2013
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By Jamie Utt Everything in our popular lore and culture teaches us that love is a feeling, a whimsical but ephemeral emotion that’s all-consuming for a time. When we realize, though, that love is an act of will, a call to extend ourselves and sacrifice for our own well being and the well-being of others, as bell hooks asks of us in All About Love: New Visions, then love...
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On Refusal, Privilege, and the Calcifying of the Soul

September 4, 2013
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By Jason Craige Harris I am Other. When I come knocking at the door of your soul, you may refuse me, but not without consequence. When I come with arms outstretched, you may turn me away, but not without self-injury. You may, through negligence, fear, and hatred, misrecognize me as an enemy, but not without violating your soul’s integrity. You may exclude me, but not without compromising your spiritual...
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Love letter to white people

September 3, 2013
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By Joe Osmundson White people, I love you. I really do. Not because I am a white person myself. This is not a story of self-love, although those can be important. This proclamation is not an attempt to subvert power structures that disavow love of white bodies. No, love of white bodies and selves, that is the norm, so hidden in plain sight that it is rarely given a...
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A Radical Love Letter to my son

September 3, 2013
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By Sarah Mantilla Griffin Dear Son, I love you. I have chosen how to love you. I love you radically, and I hope that this love will keep you free. Love is a verb and it is a choice. For mothers of black children in America, it is a dangerous choice. In the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer, my phone, email,...
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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-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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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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