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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Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Double-Bind of Muslim Women’s Rights

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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Rethinking Resilience in Violence Against Women Debates

May 7, 2014
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By Emily Lindsay Jackson The article “Safe Passage,” written by Diane Hill of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, advocates young women develop “resilience” to overcome the challenges of living in our contemporary racist, patriarchal societies. The World Health Organization estimates that in Canada 1 in 4 women experience domestic or sexual violence during their life; an intimate partner kills a woman every six days. More appallingly, Indigenous women in Canada...
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F-Bombs to Live By: Feminism, Faith and Functional practices

May 6, 2014
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By Stephany Rose I don’t hate white men. Though having to directly assert such a position is evidence for why my work of Abolishing White Masculinity is so critical in this present day race conversation. When I tell people I’m a professor, they are initially congratulatory and delighted. When they ask what I teach, many are become confused; “women and ethics,” they ask. “No, women’s and e-th-nic studies,” I...
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Putting Down the Weight: How Social Media Makes Eating Disorders Worse

May 5, 2014
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By Annetta Ramsay Demi Lovato, the actress and singer, has been open about her struggle with an eating disorder since her 2010 emergence from a stint in rehab. She has become something of an activist around the issue.  Despite her efforts to use her celebrity to change perception, she still gets called out on her weight, which is finally in a healthy range. The most recent salvo occurred last...
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For Cláudia Silva Ferreira: Death and the Collective Black Female Body

May 5, 2014
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By Christen Smith What do we want from each other After we have told our stories do we want to be healed   do we want mossy quiet stealing over our scars… – “There Are No Honest Poems About Dead Women” – Audre Lorde “Every police car has a bit of slave ship in it” – O Rappa **** On March 16, 2014, military police in Rio de Janeiro shot...
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