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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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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Tilting At Windmills

April 26, 2013
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By Rebecca Miriam The thing is: you can let it go. You can shut down your browser, or throw away that newspaper, or turn off your radio and TV, or walk past that poster, or end the conversation – and forget all about it. You can publish a statement about why everyone else is wrong, and countless media outlets will print it word for word, because they do not see...
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Some of Us Believe: A Racial Narrative on Catholic Feminist Hybridity

April 25, 2013
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By Lisa Factora-Borchers I’m aware that religion, faith, and spirituality are not physical attributes.  But for some of us who were inculcated in Filipino Catholicism, there’s very little separation between what runs through your veins and what runs through your soul.  There was never a time when I wasn’t a cisgender girl or woman.  There was never a time when I wasn’t Filipino.  And there was never a time,...
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Building a Racial Justice Praxis

April 25, 2013
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By Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz Have you ever had moments in your life that you know have changed you forever?  Moments that shifted your consciousness, changed how you organize or opened up a whole new world of relationships and authentic expressions of solidarity you never knew were possible? As organizers we don’t often have the space and time to talk about the moments that shape us. Nor do we often have time...
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No Easy Walk to ‘Total Freedom’

April 24, 2013
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By Josh Cerretti and Theresa Warburton What does it mean for a white person living in a white supremacist society to label themselves an ‘anti-racist feminist’? Does it surrender control over the meaning of the term ‘feminist’ (unmodified) to those who tacitly support white supremacy? Does it again re-center the good intentions of white people and their need to be validated by the people of color in whose oppression...
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