The Religion of My Rape

November 6, 2014
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Jennifer Zobair

By Jennifer Zobair Whenever the epidemic of rape in Egypt makes the news, I am destined to think of Joyce Carol Oates. Last summer, the author took to twitter to question whether Islam was responsible for the widespread incidence of sexual assault in Egypt, an argument people continue to make today. As a Muslim woman, I desperately wanted to respond to Ms. Oates’ tweets. I held my cursor over...
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Hello vs. Holla? A Letter to the Hollaback Folks

November 4, 2014
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10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

By Rebecca Wanzo   Like every woman I know, I’ve been in public places and experienced harassment from male strangers. I remember being in high school and going to a haunted house with girlfriends, and while standing in line, a drunken man in a group asked if he could “touch my titties.” Repeatedly. Perhaps I have what some people experience as “resting bitch face,” but I have constantly been...
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Op-Ed: What’s Happening on the Mindy Project is Not Okay

November 3, 2014
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The Mindy Project and sexual consent

By Nashwa Khan I used to love The Mindy Project. I would buy a pint of ice cream, drop all my work on Tuesday nights, and cancel plans with other people. It would be Mindy and me in my dorm room. I would watch repeat episodes, loving an unapologetic South Asian woman on screen. And I saw myself in parts of Mindy. But living in a mainstream feminist echo...
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Op-Ed: Enthusiastic Consent

November 3, 2014
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consent

By Brittany Burton Contrary to what I know is best for my emotional wellbeing, I recently read a news article about California’s new Enthusiastic Consent law, and then I proceeded to read the comments. Why I put myself through such torture is a conversation I will save for another day, but I feel an overwhelming need to address the people who believe that asking for consent, each and every...
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On The Parliament Hill Shooting, Canadian Moral Panic, and Lack of Tenderness

October 30, 2014
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Image credit: http://rt.com/news/198248-canada-parliament-shooting-soldier/

By Dorothy Attakora For those residing in the downtown core of Ottawa like myself, the fear has not yet subsided. By now many worldwide have heard about the October 22 shootings on Parliament Hill in Canada. I have witnessed the collective fear and uncertainty slowly evolve into moral panic. More specifically, I speak of panic that has led to some very racist depictions in the media, over social media,...
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The Avenging Woman Onscreen: Man’s Best Friend?

October 27, 2014
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Avenging Woman Onscreen

By Lara C. Stache As most graduates of introductory film class learn, film is not only a source of entertainment but also reflects the society in which we live. One example of this is the Bechdel Test, which received renewed interest last year when Sweden used it as a requirement to rate films. The test, originally created as a colloquial commentary on women in media, says that in order...
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Reflecting on Black Sexualities, Black Religiosity, and Black Lives in Anti-Black Times

October 24, 2014
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Darnell Moore

The following remarks were presented on October 23, 2014 during the “Religion, Media, Markets and the Making of Black Sexualities” panel at the conference Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics convened by Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies and Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics Social Justice. Seventy-three days ago, Mike Brown, Jr., an 18-year old black teen, was...
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Op Ed: A Curse Be Upon It

October 20, 2014
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a curse upon it

 By Ankita Anand For years now I have been looking to enrich my vocabulary of swear words with no troublesome arrows in the quiver. There are times when I urgently need to use profanity, for example against all the harassers on bikes and in cars who would hoot at or brush past me, literally giving me a run for my money. I must have the last word, if not the last hand,...
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Black Freedom Fighters in Ferguson: Some of us are queer

October 17, 2014
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Black Freedom Fighters in Ferguson: Some of us are queer

Not all of the freedom fighters are Black men with masculine swag and pedigree. Not all of them are cisgender and straight and able-bodied. Some of us are women. Some of us are queer. Some of us are trans. Some of us are poor. Some of us are disabled. And, yet, all of us desire the same: an end to anti-black policies, practices, and ideologies. This week for #FergusonFridays...
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Editorial: In Solidarity with Anita Sarkeesian and All Women Who Speak Out

October 15, 2014
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Editorial: In Solidarity with Anita Sarkeesian and All Women Who Speak Out

This morning, we, along with many others, learned that feminist blogger and media critic Anita Sarkeesian has been forced to cancel a scheduled talk at Utah State University (USU). We write today in solidarity with Anita Sarkeesian and with all women who speak out at great risk against sexual, gender, racial, class, and other forms of oppression. An email sent to USU staff members and posted by the Standard...
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CFP: A Forum on “Climate Change and Feminist Environmentalisms”

October 13, 2014
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climate change

By Cristina Awadalla, Piper Coutinho-Sledge, Alison Criscitiello, and Sonalini Sapra As guest editors of this forum, we created the theme with the intent to create a space critical of imperialism, neo-liberalism, sexism, racism, and other factors that both drive climate change and contribute to the global oppression of women. We know that climate change is driven by an extractive and exploitative relationship between humans and nature (see the 5th Intergovernmental Panel...
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  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Kate Rushin: I see the whole thing played out. I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped. My story is reduced to filler buried in the back of the paper, on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
photograph: ©Elizabeth Ho

    M. Nzadi Keita: what you remember/ starts with a smile/ a raw edge/ a single snip/ from the someone dead

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
©Susan J. Ross

    Alice Lovelace: Toni Cade made an art of living/ Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved/ Toni listened and we were validated/ She is the breast that fed our union/ Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment.

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