Demeter Press at Risk of Closing: Is Motherhood a Feminist Issue Worthy of Support?

May 27, 2014
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By Christine H. Morton Do we need a feminist movement for mothers? Do motherhood scholars need their own association and publisher? Andrea O’Reilly, founder of Demeter Press, the first book publisher focused specifically on the topic of mothering/ motherhood, says we do, and she calls it matricentric feminism. Demeter Press has published books on several facets of motherhood, and future titles include: Muslim Mothering, Mothering and Performance, Black Motherhoods,...
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An Alert: Capital is Intersectional; Radicalizing Piketty’s Inequality

May 26, 2014
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An Alert: Capital is Intersectional; Radicalizing Piketty’s Inequality

By Zillah Eisenstein When civil rights activists speak about race they are told they need to think about class as well. When anti-racist feminists focus on the problems of gendered racism they are also told to include class.  So—I will continue this discussion with: when formulating class inequality one should have race and gender in view as well. Capital is intersectional.  It always intersects with the bodies that produce...
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Carter as Kristof: How Jimmy Carter’s New Book Takes a Page Out of Nick Kristof’s Savior Narrative

May 23, 2014
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By Sayantani DasGupta Jimmy Carter is undoubtedly a good man with good intentions. He was, in fact, one of my first heroes. He was the first president I ‘voted’ for in my elementary school mock presidential elections (and that while living in a red state). His work after the presidency, including building houses for the homeless and joining, with other world leaders, Nelson Mandela’s “The Elders,” has been nothing...
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Genderqueering Spaces with Sassafras

May 22, 2014
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By Basil Soper The first time I met Sassafras Lowrey was in 2011 at a queer studies conference in Asheville, NC. I had the pleasure of taking a writing workshop with Sassafras and remember being amazed at the honesty ze provoked from people in the room. Sassafras gave the workshop attendees space to dig into sore and uncomfortable places that had been buried over time. Ze facilitated ways to heal...
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“Infiltrate What Exists, Innovate What Doesn’t”: Mentoring in the Academy, Leading By Example Part 2

May 21, 2014
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In the second installment, I discuss scholarship and service, two components of a professional development portfolio that academic women often fall short because they are so focused on teaching. teaching is undeniably important in the life of any academic; most feminist scholars value the interaction in the classroom as a site of activism and engagement. But professionals in the academy are also expected to perform service and conduct and...
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“Infiltrate What Exists, Innovate What Doesn’t”: Mentoring in the Academy, Leading By Example Part 1

May 20, 2014
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In her 2010 presidential address to the American Studies Association, Ruthie Wilson Gilmore invited us to “infiltrate what exists, innovate what doesn’t.” I achieved this last May when I was promoted to the rank of Full Professor.  The rank of professor is the highest of the standard academic ranks in the United States, and is held by 29.5% of U.S. academics. Specifically, there are currently 176,485 tenured full professors...
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Op Ed: Why On Earth Do We Let Colleges and Universities “Handle” Their Own Rape Cases?

May 19, 2014
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By Kari O’Driscoll On Tuesday, April 29, the White House issued a set of guidelines designed to address the hot-button issue of rape on college campuses. It would seem that the issue of sexual assault in the military has taken a back seat to the growing awareness of just how often college students are victimized sexually by other college students.  There is a push to gather more information as...
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The Politics of Turning Rape Into “Nonconsensual Sex”

May 16, 2014
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By Breanne Fahs A few weeks ago, Al Jazeera ran a piece that critically traced the obfuscation of rape language from the (violent, highly politicized, and potentially stigmatizing) rape to the (corporate and university approved) nonconsensual sex. Apparently, calling college men “rapists” left a bad impression for the public relations campaigns of universities, especially when it implicated the sons of the rich white mega-donor families that paid much of the...
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Who’s Still a Slave? Contemporary Black Women’s Rhetoric, Art, and Global Realities

May 16, 2014
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By Janell Hobson “Are you still a slave?” That was the title of a forum on May 6, 2014 at the New School, featuring black feminist critic bell hooks, writers Janet Mock and Marci Blackman, and filmmaker Shola Lynch. They had gathered to discuss the “liberation of the black female body.” While several heated debates have since erupted over hooks’ labeling of pop star Beyoncé as a “terrorist” at...
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TFW on Break June 2014

May 15, 2014
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In the spirit of self-care and sustainability, The Feminist Wire Editorial Collective will be breaking for the month of June, beginning June 1st. We will be back in full force in July. Happily, our Arts and Culture column is scheduled throughout the summer, so you will be able to enjoy creative offerings every Wednesday. Please note that you will still be able to read all previously published content on our site. And...
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SNL’s Leslie Jones Offers Anachronistic Jokes on Slavery

May 14, 2014
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By Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds   Critics are chiming in about several distasteful slavery jokes made on Saturday Night Live’s May 3rd show. Leslie Jones, a writer at SNL, made her first appearance on “Weekend Update” with a splash. My interest in writing about Leslie Jones comes from my background as a stand-up comedienne, a humor studies theorist (specifically writing about humor and slavery), and a women’s studies doctoral student. I’m also...
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