First To Die: Evil Dead and Blackness in Horror

April 13, 2013
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By Joshua Alston The victor in this weekend’s box-office battle was Evil Dead, the remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-classic horror film, which roared into first place with a better-than-expected $26 million take, and won far better critical reviews than are typical for horror films. Like the majority of remakes, the new Evil Dead tweaks the original, adding contemporary flourishes while honoring Raimi’s foundation. Perhaps the most interesting of...
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Meditations of a Deviant Daughter

April 12, 2013
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Meditations of a Deviant Daughter

By Tanwi Nandini Islam When something happened. An allusion to something ominous from the distant past.  I documented my rape thoroughly in my creative work, yet within the nucleus of my family, I’ve only felt I could openly name it to my sister. While my parents braved my teenaged vacillations between rage and impetuousness, felt confounded by my burgeoning sexuality, they never knew the extent to which I suffered....
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Radical Birthwork as an Act of Resistance

April 11, 2013
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Radical Birthwork as an Act of Resistance

By Ynanna Djehuty I like to open with definitions. The usage of words and knowing the weight they hold is important to all discourse, regardless of whether we are conscious of their weight or not. For this piece, I want to define the key words in its title so I may offer the reader context: The word radical comes from the Latin radix, “root,” as in “going to the...
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Western Novelist Paints a Racy Portrait of Middle Eastern Women in "Stoning the Devil"

April 10, 2013
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By Jill Di Donato Stoning the Devil, a recent collection of  interconnected stories set in the United Arab Emirates by writer Garry Craig Powell, dismantles the stereotype of the passive Middle Eastern woman. In this authentic and vivid work of historical fiction, which was just nominated for the for the Frank O’Conor Award, don’t expect to read about the Muslim woman hidden under a burka with no sexual appetite of her own. In...
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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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