Kara Walker and the Sweet Taste of Gentrification

May 30, 2014
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New York City is always changing.  New York neighborhoods, too.  It is not a new story: an underserved neighborhood draws (with inexpensive rent) artists, young people, strivers.  This migration drives a rich arts scene. And, art sells. Many of these NYC neighborhoods were vibrant communities for people of color before the (mostly white) artists arrived.  But with the white folks comes perceived (white) safety.  Then comes the real money, the...
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Dancing While Black

May 30, 2014
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My friend read the letters DWB on my computer screen, assumed they were the acronym for “driving while black” and wondered what racial profiling had to do with the corresponding photos of black women caught in mid-motion, arms extended, faces to the sky. I told her that DWB is Paloma McGregor’s latest initiative and creative brain (and body) child: Dancing While Black. Paloma, formerly a dancer with Urban Bush...
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Dismantle: Let Me Break It Down

May 29, 2014
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A Review of Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop ed. Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela (Philadelphia: Thread Makes Blanket Press 2014) The first anthology of creative writing by students and faculty of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation is called Dismantle.   Following in the tradition of the Cave Canem poetry foundation and the Kundiman collective, a set of voices of writers of color who have shared workshop space, if not...
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Why Women Will Lead the Way on Gun Reform

May 29, 2014
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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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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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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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“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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“Infiltrate What Exists, Innovate What Doesn’t”: Mentoring in the Academy, Leading By Example Part 1

May 20, 2014
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In her 2010 presidential address to the American Studies Association, Ruthie Wilson Gilmore invited us to “infiltrate what exists, innovate what doesn’t.” I achieved this last May when I was promoted to the rank of Full Professor.  The rank of professor is the highest of the standard academic ranks in the United States, and is held by 29.5% of U.S. academics. Specifically, there are currently 176,485 tenured full professors...
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