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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Racism, Sexism, and the Myth of the “Confidence Gap”

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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No More Disposable Love: Expanding the Bechdel Test for Movies

April 23, 2014
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By Lily July Imagine a TV world where being rejected by a woman meant sending her a respectful “Sorry it didn’t work out” note and leaving her alone. “I love women!” declared an enthusiastic Jack Nickolson in his defense. In 2000, he was accused of inviting two prostitutes to his house, not paying them, and then pushing one down then stairs resulting in brain damage. I do not doubt...
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Rethinking Dear White People: One Viewer Questions its Depiction of Microagressions for Today’s Youth

April 22, 2014
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By Monique John While only recently picked up by Lionsgate Films, Dear White People has had the Internet buzzing for over a year. The indie black art-house film, directed by Justin Simien, has captured the public’s imagination with its narrative and explicit racial politics. Dear White People is set at a fictitious Ivy League school, Winchester University, and chronicles the lives of four black students: Sam, a militant, outspoken...
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A Tale of Two Mothers

April 21, 2014
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By Hanifa Barnes Scottsdale, AZ It is a beautiful afternoon in Scottsdale, AZ. The temperature will reach a high of 80 degrees, as a single mother of two prepares for a long-awaited interview. She knows that this opportunity could mean a positive turn for her family. This opportunity means that she could pay for childcare or ensure that rent is paid each month. Before she can go to the...
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