Op Ed: Why On Earth Do We Let Colleges and Universities “Handle” Their Own Rape Cases?

May 19, 2014
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By Kari O’Driscoll On Tuesday, April 29, the White House issued a set of guidelines designed to address the hot-button issue of rape on college campuses. It would seem that the issue of sexual assault in the military has taken a back seat to the growing awareness of just how often college students are victimized sexually by other college students.  There is a push to gather more information as...
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The Politics of Turning Rape Into “Nonconsensual Sex”

May 16, 2014
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By Breanne Fahs A few weeks ago, Al Jazeera ran a piece that critically traced the obfuscation of rape language from the (violent, highly politicized, and potentially stigmatizing) rape to the (corporate and university approved) nonconsensual sex. Apparently, calling college men “rapists” left a bad impression for the public relations campaigns of universities, especially when it implicated the sons of the rich white mega-donor families that paid much of the...
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Who’s Still a Slave? Contemporary Black Women’s Rhetoric, Art, and Global Realities

May 16, 2014
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By Janell Hobson “Are you still a slave?” That was the title of a forum on May 6, 2014 at the New School, featuring black feminist critic bell hooks, writers Janet Mock and Marci Blackman, and filmmaker Shola Lynch. They had gathered to discuss the “liberation of the black female body.” While several heated debates have since erupted over hooks’ labeling of pop star Beyoncé as a “terrorist” at...
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TFW on Break June 2014

May 15, 2014
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In the spirit of self-care and sustainability, The Feminist Wire Editorial Collective will be breaking for the month of June, beginning June 1st. We will be back in full force in July. Happily, our Arts and Culture column is scheduled throughout the summer, so you will be able to enjoy creative offerings every Wednesday. Please note that you will still be able to read all previously published content on our site. And...
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SNL’s Leslie Jones Offers Anachronistic Jokes on Slavery

May 14, 2014
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By Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds   Critics are chiming in about several distasteful slavery jokes made on Saturday Night Live’s May 3rd show. Leslie Jones, a writer at SNL, made her first appearance on “Weekend Update” with a splash. My interest in writing about Leslie Jones comes from my background as a stand-up comedienne, a humor studies theorist (specifically writing about humor and slavery), and a women’s studies doctoral student. I’m also...
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Disentangling Radical Love from Narcissism

May 13, 2014
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By Lisa (Leigh) Patel   Sometimes when some folks approach me out of an assumed shared cultural identity, I get tight. Recently another South Asian woman spoke to me at a gathering and the more I talked with her, the more I could see her pauses and the dawning disappointment that I wasn’t quite the desi she was counting on. Meanwhile, I was getting tight. And this is a different...
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Double-Bind of Muslim Women’s Rights

May 12, 2014
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By Rochelle Terman Last month, Brandeis University announced that it had reversed its decision to award Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree following grassroots organizing by students and alumni who condemned Hirsi Ali’s hate speech against Muslims. According to the Brandeis Muslim Students Association, There is a fine line between freedom of speech and hate speech. Hirsi Ali has shamelessly passed this boundary as her remarks no longer regard...
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The Cult of Motherhood: A Century of Mother’s Days

May 11, 2014
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By Melissa Seelye As a child growing up in the United States, I perceived our national holidays as no more artificial than the days of the week. Santa Claus was the first pin to drop, followed shortly thereafter by the Easter Bunny. As a teen, I was told Halloween was for children, I began to understand that the first Thanksgiving feast we had happily celebrated in elementary school was...
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Mother’s Day: Love and Tears

May 10, 2014
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The beginning of May signals the end of the school year, the start of spring, and of course Mother’s Day.  As with most American holidays, with their emphasis on spectacle and consumerism, my relationship with Mother’s Day is complex.  Yet, my conflicting feelings surrounding Mother’s Day (like Father’s Day) have more to do with a feeling of both celebration and sadness that surrounds this holiday. Of course, it’s a...
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Expectations: Intimate Feminisms Embodied

May 9, 2014
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By Erin Durban-Albrecht and Monica J. Casper   Our intention in collating this Mothers Day montage for The Feminist Wire is to celebrate women’s contributions to feminist social movements through creating and nourishing little people. More specifically, we want to make visible an important form of women’s reproductive work that is so often invisibilized—unless, of course, you are The Duchess of Cambridge or another celebrity mom. We collected photos...
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No One is Disposable: Dean Spade, Reina Gossett and CeCe McDonald Discuss Prison Abolition

May 8, 2014
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By Roges Ahnet No One Is Disposable: Everyday Acts of Prison Abolition highlights the importance of utilizing a prison abolitionist framework to confront and dismantle state and interpersonal violence. In the initial installment of the series, activist and prison abolitionists Dean Spade and Reina Gossett define prison abolition as a set of four principles: prevention of harm, intervening in harm, reparations because of harm, and transformative justice for communities...
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