Confession

May 6, 2013
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By Nancy Kricorian Back when I earned my MFA in Poetry at Columbia, the majority of the students were women, and nearly all of our teachers were men. They were a distinguished lot, and most took their teaching seriously. They were also, collectively, typically sexist. Work produced by male poets nearly always merited more serious consideration than that of the women. If the reigning ethos among the poetry faculty...
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Op Ed: An Open Letter to the Mainstream LGBT Movement

May 5, 2013
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Op Ed: An Open Letter to the Mainstream LGBT Movement

“There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives.” – Audre Lorde Dear Mainstream LGBT Movement, In a recent advertisement for a local “Give Out Day” event, the organization, South Carolina Equality, asserted that only five percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons give money to LGBT causes. As an LGBTQ-identified person and a white ally within anti-racism...
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Spreading the Good Word: "Towards Collective Liberation" by Chris Crass

May 4, 2013
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By Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz Have you read Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and Movement Building Strategy by Chris Crass yet?  Well, if you haven’t gotten around to it, put it on your reading list STAT! I don’t often agree to do book reviews. Because I have dyslexia, it takes me a long time to make my way through a book. Then when I get around to writing a...
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Despite Apologies from Racist Frat, UC Irvine Black Students Stick to Demands

May 3, 2013
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You might already know that a series of racist behaviors toward Black people recently brought national attention to University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) campus. A recent video by Lambda Theta Delta (LTD), UCI’s oldest Asian American interest fraternity, showed its members participating in a party involving racist blackface. The video was used for rush recruitment, briefly introducing the fraternity to people the fraternity wanted to impress. It was a...
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It's Open Girl-Meat Season

May 3, 2013
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By Jawahara Saidullah “Kya maal hai.” What good stuff. “Bilkul sahi cheez yaar.” Absolutely, great stuff, man. Maal means, stuff, thing, or merchandise. So does cheez. This common male conversation on the streets of North India is usually conducted over-loudly so that the ‘stuff’ being talked about can hear it. It is almost always accompanied by laughter, a leer, perhaps some touching. For the stuff being talked about is...
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Mad Science or School-to-Prison? Criminalizing Black Girls

May 2, 2013
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High stakes test question: A female science student conducts an experiment with chemicals that explodes in a classroom, causes no damage and no injuries.  Who gets to be the adventurous teenage genius mad scientist and who gets to be the criminal led away in handcuffs facing two felonies to juvenile hall? If you’re a white girl check Box A, if you’re an intellectually curious black girl with good grades...
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Tight Places: Cozy or Uncomfortable?

May 2, 2013
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By Kimberly Dark I had a moment of judgment toward my potential seatmate as I walked up the airplane aisle and saw him.  I wasn’t pleased to be having that feeling and there it was – immediate and unbidden. I was concerned I’d be uncomfortable sitting next to such a big guy on the airplane.  Well, it was a short flight – Hilo to Maui. No need to get...
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In Our Solitude

May 1, 2013
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By Tanwi Nandini Islam Let’s begin with a riddle: What’s something that exhausts itself, yet never disappears? A few answers: Self. Others. Identity. Love. I’m channeling the Sphinx, posing a riddle to reveal matters of livelihood and death, the necessity of sifting through the ways our identities brush up against one another, inevitably hurting, teaching, and transforming consciousness. Our personal articulations of self are constantly mediated by our own actions,...
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Radical Love, Race, and Feminist Futures

May 1, 2013
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By Brooke Elise Axtell with Monica J. Casper, Heather Laine Talley, and Aishah Shahidah Simmons As we offer this closing statement on our recent Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism Within Feminisms forum, it is essential to consider the embodied consequences of white privilege and how such privilege shapes politics, policy, cultural narratives, and lives. In her insightful article, Moving the Margins to the Centre: Shifting From Anti-Racist to Pro-Black, Hanna...
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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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