For Cláudia Silva Ferreira: Death and the Collective Black Female Body

May 5, 2014
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By Christen Smith What do we want from each other After we have told our stories do we want to be healed   do we want mossy quiet stealing over our scars… – “There Are No Honest Poems About Dead Women” – Audre Lorde “Every police car has a bit of slave ship in it” – O Rappa **** On March 16, 2014, military police in Rio de Janeiro shot...
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On Boko Haram, Missing Children, and Narcissism

May 2, 2014
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On Boko Haram, Missing Children, and Narcissism

By Niama Safia Sandy This month I’ve watched as everyone talked about the mounting tension between the Ukraine and Russia, the Heartbleed superbug, the South Korean ferry disaster, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, NBA team-owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments, the banana that was thrown at Dani Alves of Atletico Barcelona fame, and whatever other news items were flying around. For at least a week now, I have been following the...
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Asha Kowtal and Thenmozhi Soundararajan: The Journey towards Liberation

May 2, 2014
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By Sonia J. Cheruvillil Part 2 **** In 2012, the Haryana district in India witnessed a significant and historic moment in Dalit women’s movement.  Organized and led by Dalit women – the Dalit Mahila Garima Yatra (Dalit Women’s Dignity March) traveled to ten districts across the state of Haryana. The Yatra met with survivors, spoke to families and community groups, confronted police and district officials, throughout the journey. They...
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

May 1, 2014
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

By Minna Salami  On April 14, over two hundred girls aged twelve to seventeen were kidnapped from their school hostel in Borno, a Nigerian state that has become notorious for fundamentalism and terror. As I write this, the whereabouts of the girls remain unknown. Nor has Boko Haram, the key terror group in Nigeria, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the abduction. However, it is unlikely that the group is...
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Dalit Women, Sexual Violence and the Geography of Caste: A Journey towards Liberation – An Interview with Asha Kowtal and Thenmozhi Soundararajan

May 1, 2014
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By Sonia J. Cheruvillil Part #1 **** In 2012, the Haryana district in India witnessed a significant and historic moment in Dalit women’s movement.  Organized and led by Dalit women – the Dalit Mahila Garima Yatra (Dalit Women’s Dignity March) traveled to ten districts across the state of Haryana. The Yatra met with survivors, spoke to families and community groups, confronted police and district officials, throughout the journey. They...
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The Sterling Shuffle: Unpacking White Jewish Racism

April 30, 2014
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The Sterling Shuffle: Unpacking White Jewish Racism

Every Sunday for the past several years the mug of real estate mogul/slumlord and L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has commanded prime ad space in the Los Angeles Times.  Touting Sterling’s philanthropy, these ads often feature grinning photos of prominent African American politicians, religious leaders and other glad-handing public figures who’ve received hefty donations from his financial empire. After TMZ revealed a recording of Sterling’s racist comments about black...
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The Radical Politics of Self-Love and Self-Care

April 30, 2014
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By SooJin Pate When most people think about love, it is usually a feeling that flows outward towards some person or some thing: “I love my mom,” “I love chocolate,” or “I love my partner.” This is not the kind of love I think of when I think about the radical possibilities of love. In a society that socializes women (especially Third World women and women of color) to...
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North Dakota Oil Boom: Frontier Mythology and Gender Oppression

April 29, 2014
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By Samuel M Clevenger In the past few years, Williston, North Dakota and the surrounding area has become a “modern day Gold Rush,” a “new Wild West” of young men seeking wealth and adventure while working dangerous jobs on oil rigs extracting large quantities of oil. It has been called a “new frontier,” an economic boom in which 2,000 new millionaires are being potentially created in the state each...
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Racism, Sexism, and the Myth of the “Confidence Gap”

April 28, 2014
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By Kim Tran Last year Sheryl Sandberg told women to “lean in.”  This year Katty Kay and Claire Shipman are telling women worldwide to “stand tall.”  As reporters for ABC News and BBC World News, they began theorizing why women remain less successful than their testosterone-addled counterparts.  Their findings?  “Men don’t let their doubts stop them as often as women do.”  Indeed, Kay and Shipman’s article “The Confidence Gap,”...
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We Need More Than Pink Cleats

April 25, 2014
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By Kiana Cox Every October the NFL, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, adorns itself in pink to raise awareness about and funds for breast cancer.  Via their NFL Pink website, the league encourages women to make a “crucial catch” and to know that “annual screening saves lives.” Amidst these messages are videos and stories of women who are currently enmeshed in the fight against the disease.  The...
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I’m Not Judi Dench. So Why the Hell Would I Forgive?

April 24, 2014
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By Aine Greaney Once, on an expatriate trip back to my native Ireland, I took my mug of tea to the big kitchen window of our family home. My late-mother came to stand at my elbow. As I stood staring at our village street, Mam updated me on each neighborhood move and change:  Richard, the one in the new bungalow, an old schoolmate of mine, just had another child. ...
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