OpEd: The Science of Love Behind the Science of Rape

February 17, 2013
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By: Angela Willey “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”  Todd Akin’s now infamous claim in August of 2012 destroyed his credibility and his reelection bid. His comments propagate a long history of victim-blaming by implying that some rapes are not really rapes.  Suggesting that the reproductive body can recognize and protect itself from rape sperm means that...
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(Insert Witty Scandal-Related Title Here): Continuing the Dialogue

February 15, 2013
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(Insert Witty Scandal-Related Title Here): Continuing the Dialogue

By Brandon T. Maxwell The following is an attempt to respond to some of the critiques of my article, “Olivia Pope and The Scandal of Representation,” recently published by The Feminist Wire. Herein, I attempt to address what I perceived to be overarching critiques of the essay and respond to them accordingly, engaging criticisms directly where necessary. I also attempt to clearly rearticulate points that seem to have been...
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Simposio de la Feminización de las Migraciones y Derechos Humanos: Signing a Pact for the Future

February 14, 2013
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Simposio de la Feminización de las Migraciones y Derechos Humanos: Signing a Pact for the Future

Today is not only Valentine’s day or Día V, the day against violence against women, but it marks an interesting moment in Mexican national policy. As a participant in the Simpoio Internacional de Feminización de las Migraciones y Derechos Humanos at the Centro de Estudios Economicos at the UNAM in Mexico City, it has been invaluable to see how the  Mexican State and researchers are trying to understand, track,...
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What Contents Different Containers Can Hold: An Introduction to the Monthly Lyric Essay

February 14, 2013
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…with gratitude to Katherine Ferrier and The Architects   “What begins in recognition, - …ends in obedience.” Frank Bidart, “By These Waters”   John Cage: It’s lighter than you think.   As a body in a person, as a poet, as these lines in this order – white skin and male passing privilege, breasts I used to bind but no longer want to, soft belly, hips that could easily carry...
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Yes, brotha—come GET me!: A Black Feminist’s (Late) Response to Think Like a Man

February 12, 2013
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black feminist response to think like a man

I just finished watching Think Like a Man for the first time on Starz.  I resisted going to see the film when it was released 11 months ago, because I have problems with Steve Harvey capitalizing on black women’s pain—in the film and the book that inspired it, Act Like a Lady; Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think about Love, Relationships, Commitment, and Intimacy.  I have serious...
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Love In a Time of Scandal

February 11, 2013
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Love In a Time of Scandal

By Brittney Cooper and Treva Lindsey The following conversation took place on Sunday, February 10th, 2013. What began as a Facebook conversation among several dynamic black feminists/womanists (Joan Morgan, Mark Anthony Neal, Kaila Story, Tanisha Ford, and Yaba Blay) about Brandon Maxwell’s “Olivia Pope and the Scandal of Representation,” evolved into the following piece in which Brittney Cooper, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers...
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Op-Ed: Lessons From Brooklyn College: A Victory For BDS, Academic Freedom, and the Vanquishing of Bullies

February 10, 2013
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By: Katherine Franke In case you haven’t heard, last Thursday night Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti spoke at Brooklyn College about the notion of using boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to protest the state of Israel’s policies toward Palestine and Palestinians. Ordinarily these kinds of talks (Barghouti speaks on college campuses all the time) generate, at most, a few vocal objections from campus Zionist organizations.  But the Brooklyn College...
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Transit Violations: Locating the ‘Bus Rape’ in L.A. and Other Public Geographies of Violence

February 8, 2013
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By: Asha Best I began writing this piece in late November 2012, but even in the process of returning to it and revising, reports of rapes and assaults on subways and buses have multiplied. But because public space/ transit has been so terribly pathologized–deemed overused by the chronically poor, the infantile, the black, and the alien–it becomes at once inevitable that these violent acts would have occurred, and at...
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Olivia Pope and the Scandal of Representation

February 7, 2013
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Olivia Pope and the Scandal of Representation

By Brandon Maxwell On April 5, 2012 Shonda Rhimes premiered yet another television drama that would entice millions of viewers to faithfully return to their couches weekly to watch her newest production – Scandal. In case you haven’t seen it, this drama purportedly centers on protagonist Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a “Professional Fixer,” and her efforts to make political problems go away. While this is the drama’s claim, a...
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Able Normative Supremacy and the Zero Mentality

February 5, 2013
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Within our neoliberal cultural imaginary, disabled people are rendered as bodies lacking agency. As a result, the measures of progress used to gauge the inclusion and liberation of disabled people within an able-normative supremacist culture tend to be organized around, what I name, “the zero mentality.” Let me explain. Globally, disabled people, most of whom are bodies of color, experience structural violence, monstrous neglect and economic disenfranchisement in ways...
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Reflections on an Integrated Coffee Table: Recalling One Reader of Ebony Magazine

February 4, 2013
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Reflections on an Integrated Coffee Table: Recalling One Reader of Ebony Magazine

By Deborah A. Smith This is the story of a White subscriber to Ebony and some reflections on that reader’s personal path of activism. The subscriber in this story is my late mother, Jane McGuire Smith, born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1919. Her father was a civil engineer and a somewhat spoiled, only child. Her mother was the middle daughter of three, whose father died when she was ten. My...
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