Moving the Margins to the Centre: Shifting from Anti-Racist to Pro-Black

April 30, 2013
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By Hana Riaz For many Women of Colour feminists globally and in the West, our struggle with mainstream feminism remains an arduous and painful one. Despite the great body of work that Women of Colour have created – speaking to diverse experiences of race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexuality –mainstream feminism remains hegemonically white and middle-class, and often colonialist and racist (amongst many other –isms). Its exclusion...
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Confessions of a Complicated Latina Feminist

April 30, 2013
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By Juliana Britto Schwartz “You Americans, why are you so obsessed with labels?” The way my Brazilian cousin looks at me, she might as well replace the term “labels” with “chains,” or “torture.” And she’s not the first person to have asked me this during my stay in Brazil. Brazilian students always seem to find it strange when I describe myself with words like “Brazilian-American,” or a “feminist.” I...
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Un-Women's Liberation

April 29, 2013
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Un-Women's Liberation

By James Bliss And I wonder what I may be risking as I become more and more committed to telling whatever truth comes across my eyes my tongue my pen… ‘A Burst of Light: Living with Cancer’ I want to write about Audre Lorde. Because this is a forum on what to do about the recalcitrance of ‘feminism’ unmodified, its desire not to engage or be concerned with the lives...
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I’m Complicated, Just like Feminisms: A Black and White Feminist Working It Out (Part II)

April 29, 2013
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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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