Op-Ed: Feminism and the PIC: Why “Add-Incarceration-and-Stir” Doesn’t Cut It

July 14, 2014
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Feminism and the PIC

By Jeanne Flavin and Laura Huss Many mainstream feminist and prochoice groups have been reluctant to adopt intersectional approaches and to declare common cause with other progressive movements. Yet the advent of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex (PIC) makes clear that securing women’s reproductive health and rights requires our full-on and intersectional engagement. We must reject an “add prisons and stir” approach to advocacy in favor of...
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A Latina’s Perspective on MBK

July 11, 2014
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On July 10, women of color spoke out on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) policy initiative, in a webinar sponsored by the African American Policy Forum. The 90-minute webinar followed a June 17th letter signed by over 1,400 women of color from all walks of life—activists, artists, nurses, teachers, day laborers, students, academics, mothers, community leaders, and business owners, identifying as straight, queer, and transgender, and calling for...
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13 Challenges Legislators Underestimate when Fighting Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors

July 11, 2014
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By Aya de Leon Concern about sex trafficking of underage girls is on the rise throughout the US.  Various states are considering or have passed legislation to address the problem.  In 2011, the Georgia governor signed HB200 into law, “the human trafficking bill that toughens the penalty for sex traffickers and seeks to improve outcomes for victims.” California recently passed SB 855, which “states that a child who is a victim of sexual exploitation...
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The Babies on Facebook

July 10, 2014
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By Susan Harlan Today, the babies have no say. The babies are abroad. They’re in Rome, or on the top of a mountain (in a fancy baby backpack), or on a blanket with mom at the beach. The babies play at home on colorful elephant rugs. Then the babies are in transit. They wait with their parents in airport lounges. The babies are restless. Today the babies are performing,...
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Op-Ed: All the News Fit for White Men: Why Journalism is Failing America

July 9, 2014
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Op-Ed: All the News Fit for White Men: Why Journalism is Failing America

By David Cuillier If you want to know what kinds of news Americans consume in their daily lives, just ask a white man. He probably picked it for you. Despite decades-long efforts by news companies to increase the percentage of women and minorities working in newsrooms and quoted in newspapers, the efforts have largely failed. The reality is the bulk of our information about the world still comes from the...
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The War on Women in My Hometown

July 7, 2014
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We at The Feminist Wire, and many people around the United States, were shocked but not surprised by the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby. (Read our statement that we published the day of the decision here.) Justice Ginsburg’s dissent was an inspired piece of writing – but alas, it was a dissent and not the law of the land. As alarming as the Hobby Lobby decision is, I...
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J. Crew Is Into African Fashion Now?

July 7, 2014
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To kickoff swimsuit season, J. Crew announced the launch of its Bantu African swimwear line. Perhaps best known for its summer in the Hamptons look, J. Crew has now joined the “African” fashion trend. In recent years, a number of other U.S.- and Europe-based companies have started mass-producing imitations of African textiles and silhouettes. Instead of simply pilfering prints, J. Crew has partnered with Bantu Wax, an African beach and...
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Girls On Top – Who Really Benefits from Sexuality, Identity and Branding in Pop Music?

July 4, 2014
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By Faye Lewis Let’s face it–analyzing issues of gender, beauty and sexuality in the music industry is exhausting. Arguing for women’s agency is important, but in the midst of the repackaged, camera-ready, post MTV world of ‘sex sells and you better get used to it, because it’s not going to change,’ it’s sometimes difficult not to start screaming “what’s the point?!” while desperately searching for the nearest window to...
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La Femenista Presence

July 3, 2014
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La Femenista Presence

By Cynthia Estremera In college I was surrounded by white feminists and white feminism. I was co-President of our feminist group “The Third Wave” and made waves as a Latina who embraced the principles of feminism bravely. Yet every day I was “segregated” from the Latino Student Organization, and at every event I fought to unite these groups as I aimed to unite these facets of myself. It hurt...
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Homeland Security Goes to School

July 2, 2014
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By Nicole Nguyen On a rather dreary day in April 2013, I found myself holed up inside of a cardboard box on a closet shelf some ten feet in the air. Gripping my blue training gun, I shifted my weight and listened to my heart beat faster in anticipation. Suddenly, a group of high school students busted through the police training house’s front door in search of me, a suspect...
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Tales from the Kraka Tower

July 1, 2014
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Tales from the Kraka Tower

By Aphrodite Kocięda and Kyle Romano Tales from the Kraka Tower is a grassroots web-series that satirizes “diversity” in academia. What makes our series different from others is that we are all actually graduate students, not professional actors. The series was born out of our complete frustration with the academy, and the ways in which it refuses to accommodate certain bodies in spaces that claim to be progressive and diverse. With...
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