The Color of Infant Mortality

September 3, 2014
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“A pickup truck and a backhoe show up on the days, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays with good weather, when babies are buried at the county cemetery. The first carries the little wooden coffins, and the second digs the hole, maybe three feet wide, where they are placed a foot apart.” – Erin McClam, 2007, writing about Memphis, TN Babies die. Every day, human beings die in their first year...
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What More Can I Say? (A prose-poem on antiblackness)

September 3, 2014
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By C. Riley Snorton “…he grammar of their suffering–was indeed an ethical grammar. Perhaps it is the only ethical grammar…for it draws our attention not to how space and time are used and abused by enfranchised and violently powerful interests, but to the violence that underwrites the modern world’s capacity to think, act, and exist spatially and temporally.” – Frank B. Wilderson III, Red, White & Black: Cinema and...
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Op-Ed: Illegible Pain: Palestinian Grief and Israeli TV

September 2, 2014
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By Yehuda Sharim Palestinian women never cry when they appear on Israeli TV. On news broadcasts, the same scene repeats itself: the women’s heads invariably covered with the hijab, they raise their arms, shake their fists heavenward, and scream. Tears mist their eyes but they do not collapse. The women writhe and quiver in rage. In these mini-portraits, they are carriers of deep incomprehensible agony, but their pain is uncontrollable,...
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TFW and Black Lives Matter

September 1, 2014
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This past weekend members of the Editorial Collective journeyed to Ferguson, MO with “Black Lives Matter Ride (BLMR),” a national advocacy effort organized in the spirit of the early 1960s Freedom Rides, with the intention of collectively calling out, responding to, and ending state sanctioned violence against black people. This call to action, a collaborative effort between BLMR, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and the Organization for Black Struggle, was in response to the recent murder of...
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Normalized but Not Normal

August 29, 2014
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(Editors’ Note: the introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) Pia Guerrero I lived on a tree-lined street, had a dog and a cat that I put bows and hats on, and I went to the local elementary school a block away. I liked to walk to the beach holding my mom’s hand. Most of all, I loved to bike ride around...
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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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