Writing Herstory and Resisting Invisibility: A Review of Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

March 21, 2014
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Cisgender heterosexuals and lesbian/gay/bisexual people too often disregard the lived experiences and interior lives of transgender women and men—even in these queer times. The preferred gender pronouns used by trans men and women tend to be conveniently dropped in favor of forms of misidentification that serve the interests of the identifier and never the needs of the identified. Trans women and men are often subjected to imposing interrogations about...
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Personal is Political: To My BlackTransSistas: A letter of Healing, Reconciliation, and Love

March 20, 2014
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Kristen Smith writes an open letter to Black transwomen for #personalIsPoliticalOnTFW, "I am not your part-time ally, only serving when acts against you are so egregious it’s too damn hard to ignore. I am your sister, and you are mine, and we are going to demand more revolutionary acts of love and respect for ALL black women—together."
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Why I Am In Solidarity with Mireille Miller-Young

March 20, 2014
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According to that radical feminist organization, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, domestic terrorism is intended “to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.” Okay, so I really do not believe that the FBI is a radical feminist organization. But when I consider what happened at University of California-Santa Barbara last week when the antichoice, antiwoman group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust brought their graphic signage and deliberate misinformation about abortion,...
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Challenging the “Hard Right” Playbook: In solidarity with Dr. Mireille Miller-Young

March 20, 2014
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The “hard right” playbook on college campuses is all too clear: create a violent spectacle prompting anger and outrage; feign victimhood lamenting the toxic environment of today’s college campuses; focus on the ways that today’s universities attack conservative values, Christianity, and whiteness; call friends at Fox and Talk Radio since “the mainstream media” has shown little concern about the assault on conservative-white-Christian viewpoints from liberal professors; and finally, they...
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Una Marson: An Anti-Colonial, Feminist, Anti-Racist, Pan-Africanist Champion of Good Causes

March 19, 2014
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By Lisa Tomlinson No more moaning and groaning No more self-hatred masquerading as integration. No more rejecting your own Ethiop’s child for somebody else’s Barbie doll. You are part of a strong African-Caribbean influenced literary tradition. Affirm your right as an individual, a woman and a writer to be both Black and British. –Una Marson Black cultural critics often acknowledge and celebrate Black political and cultural figures in the...
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Three Poems by Aya de Leon

March 19, 2014
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By Aya de Leon   eulogy for my ass     friends   loved ones we are gathered today to pay our respects to bid farewell to my young ass   born in less bootylicious times she grew up perky.     .precocious always reaching for the stars   in spandex throughout the late eighties shaking in clubs and parties an upstanding   thong wearing righteous ass a hip hop ass   my...
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Personal is Political: Mushy Carrots

March 18, 2014
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Gaayathri Nair, "I have been integrated, assimilated, subsumed and transformed forever by the experience of growing up other. It is like a chemical reaction, both components are irreversibly changed by their interaction with each other." #personalIsPoliticalOnTFW
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Getting Away With Murder on the Soccer Field

March 18, 2014
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By Lorena Campos The recent case of South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has brought a global awareness to the issue of violence against women. Whether fame, money, and power will temper the ultimate judgement in this case remains to be seen. In another part of the world, an athlete who was involved in an even more horrific attack is being given special privileges.  Perhaps drowned out by the...
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Op-Ed: What We Lose When We Focus Our Discussion on Jared Leto Rather than Rayon: Queer Politics and the Forgotten Heroes of the AIDS Crisis

March 17, 2014
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By Mairead Sullivan While Rayon’s death in the Dallas Buyers Club was not the stereotypical death of a tragic transgender character, it was a tragic death stereotypical of the millions of victims of the AIDS crisis that continues to plague our communities, as well as set the global political agenda in regards to health, identity, and sexuality. The recent attention to Jared Leto’s performance detracts from the heart of...
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Feminists We Love: Dr. bell hooks

March 14, 2014
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In 2011, the legendary Black feminist scholar, cultural critic, and prolific writer Dr. bell hooks began to surface in social media spaces, pushing her work even further beyond the walls of the academy. She tweets (in intervals) and she has published in blogs and on several select websites. Most recently she took Twitter to launch her campaign “Be Bossy” in response to Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” decree. This is...
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The Impostor Syndrome and Me

March 14, 2014
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I am writing to introduce myself. And to try to answer the question, “What am I doing here?” Every time I think up a new essay or story, this question looms in and above the empty Word document.  Whenever I feel like speaking at an event, I wonder what I could possibly add to the conversation.  When I was invited to become a part of the Feminist Wire’s editorial...
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