Woman's Work

February 21, 2013
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Woman's Work

Depending on the promise, girls pack differently. Girls from the north, known for their beautiful pale skin created out of long winters will pack their resignation. After all, with every bad harvest, their older sisters had left, one by one. That’s how it’s been for many generations. That’s how it worked up north, where the most valuable things that a family could own were girls; girls who would leave...
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Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool”

February 20, 2013
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Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool”

Enter Scene: I am walking in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn—where we do more than die, by the way—rocking a close fade with two parts on the side, a full beard and mustache lined up perfectly, eyes protected by a pair of fresh chocolate browline frames (I was two blocks from Malcolm X boulevard, after all). I am donning a fitted button-up white shirt, closed off with a pink and gray striped...
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Oscar Pistorius: Salvaging the Super Crip Narrative

February 19, 2013
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Oscar Pistorius: Salvaging the Super Crip Narrative

That prosecutors have charged double-amputee track athlete Oscar Pistorius with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has made headlines throughout the world. Together with fellow South Africans and many others, I have been attempting to make sense of the unfolding tragedy. From the vantage point of a black crip feminist, I am both fascinated and perturbed by the narratives surrounding the fatal shooting of Steenkamp. Through the lens...
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Talking Vultures, Humans, and Warm Flesh with Charles Bowden

February 18, 2013
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Talking Vultures, Humans, and Warm Flesh with Charles Bowden

By Alice Driver Some people we know only through their words. And so it was with author Charles Bowden and his images of bloated bodies, scurrying rats, of air so hot that a single match would light it on fire, images of savagery inverted into beauty that came with the uncomfortable awareness of the nature of the human condition. I came across Bowden academically when I was researching feminicide...
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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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