Corporal Punishment

August 29, 2014
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(Editors’ Note: The introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) Myongsuk Shin I grew up in a small suburban town called Pohang in South Korea. My family immigrated to the United States when I was in middle school. From the outside, we were a pretty average upper-middle-class family — my  father was a mechanical engineer at a university research center and my...
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Learning #EverydaySexualViolence: Women Telling Our Stories

August 28, 2014
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By Stephanie Gilmore and Pia Guerrero We at The Feminist Wire, as well as so many of us across the United States and around the world, are contemplating the reality of everyday violence – and while it makes no sense in so many ways, we also realize that it makes perfect sense. Social structures such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, capitalism, and imperialism thrive on unmitigated and often state-sanctioned violence....
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All Women Have Stories Like These

August 28, 2014
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(Editors’ Note: The introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) Anonymous As a blogger who happens to be both feminist and female, I’ve attracted more misogynistic trolls than I care to count. They pop up on occasion, then disappear.   But one troll has been consistent over time. He’s followed me from blog to blog, to various social media accounts, for the...
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Fearing the Knife

August 28, 2014
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(Editors’ Note: The introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) Melanie Klein My early childhood was idyllic in many respects - I spent my early years living with my parents and extended family on a large piece of property in Germany that had been in my family for nearly a hundred years situated in a village my family had inhabited for eons. The...
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Gendered Violence Wasn’t the Problem; Talking about It Was.

August 27, 2014
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Soraya Chemaly (Editors’ Note: The introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) There are stories girls never tell. We hold them, quietly, until they form a carapace that we carry around with us, invisible, but thick and heavy.  I, for example, never told my parents when a boy threatened to rape me in a schoolyard. I was nine. My friends and I never...
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(Bitter)Sweet Home Alabama

August 27, 2014
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(Editors’ Note: The introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) Alabama summers brought intense heat (and they still do) and, as a child, I loved going to the country club pool where my family had a membership. My ten-year-old sister and I, five years her junior, could walk or bike to the pool together, and often did so with our friends. And I...
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Call for Submissions: Hands Up Don’t Shoot

August 27, 2014
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Hands Up Don’t Shoot: Collected Essays/Stories on the Racialization of Murder Co-edited by:  Stanley Doyle-Wood, Bedour Alagraa , and Gurpreet Singh Johal   *Revised Call for Papers*  Our primary intent in this collection of essays is to examine and make visible the role of individual and mass murder in the political calculus of racial control, containment and order in modern nation-state formations.  We conceptualize murder as an everyday death...
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Op-Ed: Race, American Ideology, and Militarized Police

August 27, 2014
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By Carolyn Davis Last year, I sat in front of my television in Brookline, a Boston suburb, and watched on live TV as police officers rolled armored vehicles down the streets of neighboring Watertown. Many officers were outfitted in tactical gear fit for urban warfare. They swarmed residential streets, assuming sniper positions atop cars and roofs. Others swept through homes, guns raised. When suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was finally found...
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Burying Our Babies: Letter from Los Angeles to Ferguson

August 25, 2014
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In South Los Angeles’s Crenshaw District, there are three funeral homes within a one mile radius of each other. On bright sunny days, young people pour out from their doors after viewing hours, lingering on the steps reminiscing, sporting t-shirts with pictures and art work commemorating the dead. On a thoroughfare that epitomizes L.A.’s deification of the car, cars are often rolling R.I.P. memorials of the dearly departed, the...
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Blood (Orange) on the Tracks

August 22, 2014
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I have been listening to the new Blood Orange album, Cupid Deluxe, twice a day for the past few weeks.  A friend suggested it for the emotional trauma I was then, and still am, living through.  This week I have been arriving at work late, still jet lagged and exhausted from two weeks on the West Coast.  I put in my headphones and am greeted by the first track:...
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Hoods Up, Hands Up: Against the White to Bear Arms

August 22, 2014
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By Lauren Heintz The images of militarized police in Ferguson rightly bring to mind the trickle down of military devices to state police, as Rania Khalek argues in her article. They also call up a much deeper historical legacy of how and why state police have always been heavily armed. In the late eighteenth century, armed militias were created specifically for white Southerners to defend against slave revolts, in...
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