Untangling the Knots: Understanding the Hair Politics of Black Women (Revisited)

April 9, 2013
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Untangling the Knots: Understanding the Hair Politics of Black Women (Revisited)

By Mazuba Haanyama My central aim involves the politics of bodily performance, in negotiation with shifting realities of a post-Apartheid context, where constructions of gender, race and class are both mobile and stagnant… This project critically engages the role of popular culture in influencing youth cultures. In a context such as South Africa, such a project aims to shed light on the ways youth cultures are being constructed through...
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On Mistreating Female Athletes

April 8, 2013
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By Allison Javors and Wade Davis, II I fell in love with Women’s College Basketball in 1993.  I can remember watching Sheryl Swoopes score 47 points leading the Texas Tech Lady Raiders over the Ohio State Lady Buckeyes.  Sheryl Swoopes was like nothing I had ever seen before and she single-handedly dominated the lady Buckeyes and rewrote the records. She kindled my interest in women’s college basketball. While the...
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Introducing: Harsha Walia

April 8, 2013
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Introducing: Harsha Walia

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist and writer based in Vancouver (Indigenous Coast Salish Territories) in Canada. She has been active in anti-racist, migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, feminist, anti-imperialist, and Palestine solidarity movements for over a decade, including with No One Is Illegal, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, Defenders of the Land, Women’s Memorial March Committee for Missing and Murdered Women, Olympics Resistance Network and more. She is formally trained in the...
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Introducing: Brooke Elise Axtell

April 8, 2013
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Introducing: Brooke Elise Axtell

Brooke Elise Axtell is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet and performing artist from Austin, Texas. She is the Founder of SHE:Survivor Healing + Empowerment, a healing community for survivors of rape, abuse and sex-trafficking. Brooke is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the U.S. and recently joined The Truth Panel for The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives to speak out on...
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Introducing: Monica Torres

April 8, 2013
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Introducing: Monica Torres

Monica Torres is an English and American Studies major who concentrates in Latina/o Studies and is writing her way into a career. As a college senior committed to institutional diversity, most of her battles are fought on paper, online, and in committees. Currently, her thesis is exploring the commodification of Latinidad through experimental fiction. She loves food and feelings, and has written for Creative Loafing Tampa about both. You can find her @MoniFierce and...
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Op-Ed: Where Femen Has Gone Wrong

April 7, 2013
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Op-Ed: Where Femen Has Gone Wrong

By Mohadesa Najumi Femen is a feminist protest group founded in 2008, based in Ukraine. They received international recognition due to their direct and somewhat extreme methods of action. They engage in topless demonstrations, and protests outside of religious institutions and international marriage agencies, while pushing their ideology of the women’s sexual liberation, ‘sextremism’,  to the forefront. Their goal is women’s liberation. So what’s sextremism? According to Femen, it means “to mobilize every cell of...
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Feminism & Me: Name Change, for Love Actually

April 6, 2013
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Feminism & Me: Name Change, for Love Actually

By Nilofar Ansher Does choosing to take on your husband’s name play into the patriarchal injunctions against women’s selfhood?  What follows are questions re: notions of love and whether or not these ideas help cement the tropes of traditions, in this case, of marital name change. One of the oft-rehearsed but exciting conversations that my cousins and I would indulge in during our teenage years revolved around our future husband...
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Cynthia Wachenheim and the Impossible Terrain of Motherhood

April 4, 2013
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Cynthia Wachenheim and the Impossible Terrain of Motherhood

By Alison Piepmeier As Keira Williams wrote here recently, Cynthia Wachenheim killed herself—and attempted to kill her son—because she felt that she’d been a terrible mother.  Williams aptly observes the way in which our culture creates and upholds unrealistic standards of motherhood, the “mommy myth” of the Good Mother.  These sorts of cultural narratives create anxiety and shame among mothers and can provide a context for acts that, as...
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Poetic Justice: Drake and East African Girls

April 3, 2013
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Poetic Justice: Drake and East African Girls

By Safy-Hallan Farah I am an East African Girl. A couple years ago, one of my friends told me that being an East African meant I’m not really black. A visibly mixed-race girl with a “high yellow” complexion and sandy brown hair telling me I’m not black didn’t sit well with me. I wanted to tell the girl, in the words of CB4, I’m black y’all. I’m black like the...
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Op-Ed: Marriage Might Be the End of the Gay Community

March 31, 2013
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Op-Ed: Marriage Might Be the End of the Gay Community

By Jia Hui Lee In these austere times, marriage conveniently allows for managing illness and economic need within the private sphere, as required by contemporary notions of citizenship. Same-sex marriage, likely to soon become federally legal in the United States, might be the beginning of the end for the gay community. No matter how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on either case, as Megan McArdle writes, “gay marriage...
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Peeking "Behind the Kitchen Door": The Struggle for Food Justice in America's Restaurant Industry

March 30, 2013
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Peeking "Behind the Kitchen Door": The Struggle for Food Justice in America's Restaurant Industry

Last month, Michelle Obama visited a Springfield, Illinois, Wal-Mart to celebrate and highlight its efforts to help Americans eat healthier.  Mrs. Obama announced, “For years, the conventional wisdom said healthy products just didn’t sell. Thanks to Wal-Mart and other companies, we’re proving the conventional wisdom wrong.” If only this neoliberal logic delivered as promised.  As with Michael Bloomberg’s Cola Crusade, the narrow focus on food choices, individual behavior (“Get...
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