Op-Ed: Inconceivable! Detaching Motherhood from Femininity

April 21, 2013
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By Nicole Verdes Last week, Isabella Dutton, a 57-year-old mother of two in the United Kingdom, wrote a first-person story for the Daily Mail wherein she described her two children as her “biggest regret.”  Her admission set off a firestorm of backlash from irate readers.  Dutton herself predicted the looming backlash in her article by pointing out, “It’s just that I have been honest. In doing so I have broken...
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Marriage Equality and Beyond: A View from India

April 19, 2013
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Marriage Equality and Beyond: A View from India

A few days before my Facebook News Feed was flooded with red equal signs, I went to a short march in Bangalore.  The Gender and Sexual Minorities Pride March demanded, among other things, “human rights and overall development” of a range of sexual minorities, focusing on the right to be included on the electoral rolls, access to social services for those below the poverty line, job skills support, low-cost...
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Rage against the patriarchy, Dr. Nikita Levy, and the devaluation of black women

April 17, 2013
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Rage against the patriarchy, Dr. Nikita Levy, and the devaluation of black women

By j.n. salters I was compelled to complain because I feel that the vast majority of black folks who are subjected daily to forms of racial harassment have accepted this as one of the social conditions of our life in white supremacist patriarchy that we cannot change. This acceptance is a form of complicity…. Racial hatred is real. And it is humanizing to be able to resist it with militant...
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Find the Good in Women Who Aren't Margaret Thatcher

April 16, 2013
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Find the Good in Women Who Aren't Margaret Thatcher

By Ren Jender “She must have been miserable,” one of my Facebook “friends” wrote as a kind of eulogy for Margaret Thatcher. I had to disagree. Margaret Thatcher, before she began to suffer from dementia, had, in every recorded moment of her political career (as well as her writing after that career was over) the same joy as Pat Buchanan has in his television appearances: the both of them...
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On Guns, Fetuses, and “Pro-Life” Hypocrisy

April 15, 2013
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On Guns, Fetuses, and “Pro-Life” Hypocrisy

Last week, while grieving parents of the children killed in Newtown were tearfully urging gun control measures, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) boldly launched—to well deserved criticism—a new “pro-life” campaign slogan: “If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted.” The slogan, printed on a campaign bumper sticker, is a ridiculous statement from a politician known for reactionary and controversial Tweets that reveal, among other attributes, a lack of critical thinking...
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Op-Ed: Egg Freezing: WTF?*

April 14, 2013
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By Lynn M. Morgan and Janelle S. Taylor Marcia Inhorn’s recent CNN commentary, “Women, consider freezing your eggs” is certainly right about one thing: “Trying to balance career and family is difficult for many professional women.” Yet the solution Inhorn proposes – egg freezing – is entirely wrong. Egg freezing is a new addition to the repertoire of assisted reproductive technologies, so of course people are intrigued. But egg...
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First To Die: Evil Dead and Blackness in Horror

April 13, 2013
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By Joshua Alston The victor in this weekend’s box-office battle was Evil Dead, the remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-classic horror film, which roared into first place with a better-than-expected $26 million take, and won far better critical reviews than are typical for horror films. Like the majority of remakes, the new Evil Dead tweaks the original, adding contemporary flourishes while honoring Raimi’s foundation. Perhaps the most interesting of...
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Meditations of a Deviant Daughter

April 12, 2013
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Meditations of a Deviant Daughter

By Tanwi Nandini Islam When something happened. An allusion to something ominous from the distant past.  I documented my rape thoroughly in my creative work, yet within the nucleus of my family, I’ve only felt I could openly name it to my sister. While my parents braved my teenaged vacillations between rage and impetuousness, felt confounded by my burgeoning sexuality, they never knew the extent to which I suffered....
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Radical Birthwork as an Act of Resistance

April 11, 2013
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Radical Birthwork as an Act of Resistance

By Ynanna Djehuty I like to open with definitions. The usage of words and knowing the weight they hold is important to all discourse, regardless of whether we are conscious of their weight or not. For this piece, I want to define the key words in its title so I may offer the reader context: The word radical comes from the Latin radix, “root,” as in “going to the...
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Western Novelist Paints a Racy Portrait of Middle Eastern Women in "Stoning the Devil"

April 10, 2013
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By Jill Di Donato Stoning the Devil, a recent collection of  interconnected stories set in the United Arab Emirates by writer Garry Craig Powell, dismantles the stereotype of the passive Middle Eastern woman. In this authentic and vivid work of historical fiction, which was just nominated for the for the Frank O’Conor Award, don’t expect to read about the Muslim woman hidden under a burka with no sexual appetite of her own. In...
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Untangling the Knots: Understanding the Hair Politics of Black Women (Revisited)

April 9, 2013
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Untangling the Knots: Understanding the Hair Politics of Black Women (Revisited)

By Mazuba Haanyama My central aim involves the politics of bodily performance, in negotiation with shifting realities of a post-Apartheid context, where constructions of gender, race and class are both mobile and stagnant… This project critically engages the role of popular culture in influencing youth cultures. In a context such as South Africa, such a project aims to shed light on the ways youth cultures are being constructed through...
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