I’m Complicated, Just like Feminisms: A Black and White Feminist Working It Out (Part II)

April 29, 2013
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Heidi

On Friday, April 26, TFW published Part I of a conversation between myself and Dr. Connie Ruzich about all things feminism, race, socioeconomic status, religion, and age, just to name a few!  Connie and I contributed our conversation to the Race & Feminisms forum, because we believe it models just one of the many ways in which feminists across various backgrounds and ideals can appreciate and reconcile their differences in...
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Mother-Love: Reflections of an Asian American Feminist Daughter

April 29, 2013
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By Vickie Nam The rift that steadily deepened between my mother and I emerged in the throes of adolescence, and mid-90s White feminism did little to mitigate my feelings of estrangement from her. Back in 1993, I was a first-year college student wading through writings, then, unfamiliar to me, by Mary Wollstonecraft, Betty Friedan, Catherine Mackinnon, Susan Faludi and Susan Bordo.  This was my rite of passage into the...
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Op Ed: Defying Antiblackness at UC Irvine—and Everywhere

April 28, 2013
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By John Murillo III The University of California, Irvine’s Black Student Union continues to act in response to one instance in a lengthy genealogy of antiblack events on the university campus, in the UC System, and in the world writ large. Lambda Theta Delta, self-described as the largest Asian-American interest fraternity on UCI’s campus, a group that professes “cultural awareness,” posted a video that parodies Justin Timberlake’s “Suit ant...
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Silence Does Not Equal Absence: Lessons from Arizona

April 28, 2013
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Silence Does Not Equal Absence: Lessons from Arizona

By Wendy Cheng When I heard what writers at The Onion had tweeted about nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis during the Oscars, I felt it as a blow to the gut. How could a person think and write such a thing about this beautiful, spirited child? It made me feel – as I often do these days, living much of the time in SB 1070-era Arizona– that there was a hard...
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The Politics of Reading: A Love Note for Stephen Ray

April 28, 2013
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By Shannon Craigo-Snell I was weeping in the parking lot. The required seminar in the Ivy League graduate program had just let out for the evening, and I managed to leave the building before losing my composure. We met each week to discuss the classic texts in our field. Roughly one dozen people. Approximately the same number of students and professors. Predominantly male. Almost exclusively white. Here, we were...
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Black Feminist and Dominican: How Black Male Writers Shape My Practice

April 27, 2013
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By Rosa Cabrera When the door opened, my grandmother’s arms wound lightly around my torso as she kissed the air beside my cheek, missing the flesh as my mouth landed on droopy, toasted cinnamon skin. Her eyes quickly scanned the distance between us, aiming right before my body. I waited for disapproval. No comments made. My lover followed behind me. I was relieved to see her offer my lover...
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Race and Community Accountability

April 27, 2013
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By Qui Dorian Alexander I came into feminism as a butch Latina lesbian at a women’s college. Today I stand as a brown queer trans masculine person who moves through the world read as a cis brown man. I have often felt like my place in feminism has not always been welcomed, thought it has always been an integral part of my identity. I came into my feminism hearing...
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The UConn WGSS Public Statement

April 26, 2013
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The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Connecticut applauds Ms. Luby for creating an open dialogue about the relationship among the UConn brand, discourses of masculinity, systems of violence, and the responsibility of the University to create civil and welcoming environments for all students.  We are appalled at the threatening comments against Ms. Luby on our campus and posted online.  However, we believe it is...
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Why is UConn's Mascot a Rape Meme?

April 26, 2013
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By Soraya L. Chemaly Two days ago, Carolyn Luby, an undergraduate at University of Connecticut published a remarkable open letter to the school’s president,  Susan Herbst, in The Feminist Wire.  In the letter she made her case and argued persuasively that the school’s new mascot and branding should be reconsidered. The school had decided as part of this visual identity revamping to change its Husky Dog logo from the current mascot to...
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I’m Complicated, Just like Feminisms: A Black and White Feminist Working It Out (Part I)

April 26, 2013
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Heidi

Dr. Connie Ruzich and I first met soon after I walked onto the Robert Morris University campus in 1999.  I thought I’d become a Finance & Economics major.  Then, I thought I’d become an Accounting major.  Then, I thought I’d become a Mathematics major.  Then, I thought…you get the point.  I changed my major seven times as an undergraduate.  As a result, while most of my peers were taking...
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Un-Raced in Transit : Colorblindness and the Stakes of Speaking Up

April 26, 2013
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By Marlaina H. Martin For every one of the countless times that I have thought about race, I can name a handful in which I felt it. And while I could easily sit here and spout stories about the outright racist banter that has come my way, or passing comments that have made me stop and think twice, I will speak instead of a time that I experienced “post”-race,...
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