Transforming rape culture from Steubenville to anywhere, USA

March 23, 2013
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By Lisa Factora-Borchers I usually beam when Ohio makes news.  Usually.  In presidential election years, the inner grin shows its teeth when I hear the famous phrase, “As goes Ohio, so goes the nation.”  Over the past several months however, as a writer living in the Buckeye state, I have found this saying applicable as we continue to survey the damage in the aftermath of the Steubenville rape case....
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Maternal Evil?

March 22, 2013
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Maternal Evil?

By Keira Williams Before she jumped eight stories to her death, Cynthia Wachenheim left a thirteen-page suicide letter explaining that she was a bad mother. She was “evil,” she wrote, because of what she planned to do, and because of what she had failed to do in the past. Motivated by “guilt and fear,” she strapped her ten-month-old son to her chest and leapt. Miraculously, her son survived. The morbid...
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Confessions of a Black Morrissey Fan

March 21, 2013
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Confessions of a Black Morrissey Fan

By Joshua Alston This week, Morrissey announced that he is canceling the remainder of his North American tour, due to an ongoing battle with a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus, and a case of pneumonia in both of his lungs. I was disappointed to hear about the illnesses plaguing the singer, who since fronting the seminal rock band The Smiths in the ‘80s, has built a particularly cultish fan base of...
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Deadline Approaching: Call for Submissions for TFW forum on "Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism within Feminisms"

March 20, 2013
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Deadline Approaching: Call for Submissions for TFW forum on "Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism within Feminisms"

In 1979, Black socialist feminist lesbian writer, scholar, and organizer Barbara Smith stood in front of the National Association of Women’s Studies and said the following, Feminism is the political theory and practice that struggles to free all women: women of color, working-class women, poor women, disabled women, Jewish women, lesbians, old women–as well as white, economically privileged heterosexual women. Anything less than this vision of total freedom is...
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A Declaration: Toward A New Politics of Black Female Sexuality*

March 19, 2013
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I want to begin this essay by declaring my stake and investment in the project of rearticulating and reframing narratives around Black female sexuality. I was born to a Black Puerto Rican American mother who birthed me at age 18. I was raised by my mother, grandmother, aunts, and my mother’s friends who had children the same year I was born, and in a community of Black women who...
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Feminist in My Kitchen

March 18, 2013
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Feminist in My Kitchen

By Nilofar Ansher The Romantic Tedium of Cooking Our notions of love and nurture are bound with the flavor, texture and warmth of food cooked and served by our mothers. It’s the leitmotif of my childhood in the late 1980s: the children busy with homework and heading off to school, dad reading the newspaper and hurrying off to work, and mom marking her presence in each room – the...
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Courageous Dispatches

March 17, 2013
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By Lisa Jean Moore While today marks the end of the weeklong TFW Forum on Masculinities, the reverberations of the impressive, brave, and breathtaking collection will ricochet through conversations, classrooms, and communities for some time to come. I, for one, intend to make this forum required reading for my gender, sexuality, and social theory classes and will encourage others to similarly weave it into their curricula.  It could also...
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Race, Class, Masculinities and Violence against Women in South Africa

March 17, 2013
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By Maria Hengeveld On 2 February  a security guard found the 17 year old coloured (mixed descent) working class girl Anene Booysen on a construction site in Bredasdorp, a small town in South Africa’s Western Cape. She had been gang-raped, sadistically disemboweled and left for dead with broken fingers and legs. Less than two weeks later the 29 year old white South African Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by...
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Op-Ed: Jack Johnson and the Racial Politics of a Presidential Pardon

March 17, 2013
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Op-Ed: Jack Johnson and the Racial Politics of a Presidential Pardon

On March 5, U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), John McCain (R-AZ), William “Mo” Cowan (D-MA) and U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY) put forth a resolution to pardon Jack Johnson, the first-ever black world heavyweight champion from 1908 to 1915. The legislation calls on President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon Johnson for his unjust conviction under the federal Mann Act on May 14, 1913, almost a century ago. Passed in...
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the tenth time out of ten

March 17, 2013
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the tenth time out of ten

 For Latasha Harlins For Amadou Diallo It is midnight in a year that is of no particular importance. Somewhere, a leading criminologist who spent all day on the air calling Black boys “Superpredators” is sleeping next to his wife or graduate student. And somewhere in the commercial/industrial no-man’s-land that buffers my white friend’s neighborhood from mine, a lone cop stops me in front of an out-of-the-way building. When I...
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March 17, 2013
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By David Serlin In spring 1983, the National Rifle Association published an advertisement featuring 16-year-old Brian Kubricky proudly displaying both his rifle and his disability in the pages of Reader’s Digest. Wearing the puffy beige down jacket and puffy bangs so redolent of early 1980s approximations of a tempered rugged masculinity, the photogenic Kubricky poses by the edge of a placid lake while cradling an enormous rifle in his...
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