Introducing: Heidi R. Lewis

February 1, 2013
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Introducing:  Heidi R. Lewis

Heidi R. Lewis is Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College.  Her teaching and research focus on feminism, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity (black culture especially), Critical Race Theory, Critical Whiteness Studies, Critical Media Studies, and popular culture.  She has articles forthcoming in the Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Pan African Studies, and a reader examining the influence of rapper Kanye West.  She holds a Ph.D. (2011) in American Studies...
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Introducing: TC Tolbert

February 1, 2013
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Introducing:  TC Tolbert

TC Tolbert is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice. TC is Assistant Director of Casa Libre en la Solana, adjunct instructor at University of Arizona and Pima Community College, and wilderness instructor at Outward Bound. Co-editor, along with Tim Trace Peterson, of the forthcoming Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, March 2013), TC has two chapbooks: spirare (Belladonna* 2012) and territories of folding (Kore Press 2011). His work won the Arizona Statewide...
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Rethinking Women in Combat

January 31, 2013
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Rethinking Women in Combat

By Kim Tran Last Thursday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta further integrated the armed forces by lifting a 1994 ban barring female service members from combat roles.  The United States Army alone currently excludes women from nearly 25 percent of active-duty roles. By May 15, 2013 that will change dramatically.  Panetta’s announcement opened 230,000 jobs on the front lines across the armed forces to women. At this point, the...
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A Black Feminist Comment on The Sisterhood, The Black Church, Ratchetness and Geist

January 28, 2013
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A Black Feminist Comment on The Sisterhood, The Black Church, Ratchetness and Geist

There’s been much talk about TLC’s new show The Sisterhood, a reality show about the lives and struggles of Ivy Couch, Domonique Scott, Christina Murray, DeLana Rutherford, and Tara Lewis, five pastor’s wives in the Atlanta area.  While some critics are threatening to boycott the show, and others are framing it as evidence of black preachers losing their way (which I guess is synonymous with the Black Church losing its way, but that’s another issue), millions of...
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Op-Eds at The Feminist Wire

January 27, 2013
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Here at The Feminist Wire, we like to roll with the punches, grow with the times, and reinvent ourselves when necessary and fruitful. This week, we enjoyed an opportunity to publish an op-ed by feminist scholar Lynne Huffer, which appears today. And this got us to thinking…why not dedicate Sundays at TFW to op-eds? The op-ed is a particular kind of textual animal. In newspapers across the country, the...
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Op-Ed: Abortion Rights Advocates Need to Knock Roe from its Pedestal

January 27, 2013
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Op-Ed: Abortion Rights Advocates Need to Knock Roe from its Pedestal

By Lynne Huffer “It’s Personal,” the new abortion rights campaign of the National Women’s Law Center, hinges on language like this: “Only you know what it’s like to walk in your shoes.” Another ad reads: “The decision whether to have an abortion belongs to you.” The Law Center’s campaign is being launched to highlight Planned Parenthood’s recent decision—synchronized with this month’s 40-year anniversary of Roe v Wade—to abandon the “pro-choice”...
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Shades of Darkness—And Now A Sliver of Light

January 26, 2013
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Today, January 26, 2013, marks India’s 64th anniversary as a republic. It is not an old republic if seen in “nation” years but definitely old in “human” years. My mother is 64, which means she was born in the year India was declared a republic—she was one of the many millions of Indians to whom the nation and its constitution (and its pledge to making their lives free) was...
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Victory

January 25, 2013
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Victory

By Erica Cardwell In grade school, we used a phonics book called the Victory Drill Book. It was filled with various words, prefixes, suffixes, and alliteration to sharpen our learning skills through timed phonetic repetition. The book was a hardcover–navy blue, with its name branded in gold on the front. We’d been trained to trace each word with a pencil held horizontally under each pairing or phrase, with a...
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Anne Braden: Defiant, Inspiring, and Self-Aware

January 23, 2013
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Anne Braden: Defiant, Inspiring, and Self-Aware

Emblematic of a generation of men and women in the South that challenged their parents’ generation’s views on race, jobs, gender, sexuality, and a broader sense of the world, Anne Braden did more than look backwards.  She, like Bayard Rustin, was a woman “ahead of her times, yet the times didn’t know it.”  Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, a documentary from California Newsreel, highlights how she did not merely respond...
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Roe v. Wade's 40th Anniversary

January 22, 2013
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Roe v. Wade's 40th Anniversary

By Rachel G. Fuchs This week, we commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that allowed women the fundamental human right to make one of the most personal and difficult medical decisions – whether to terminate a pregnancy.  Over 60 percent of Americans agree with this Supreme Court ruling, and the legality of this fundamental right helps keep the procedure safe.  The illegality of...
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Choosing Our Own Lives: Two 40-Something Feminists Reflect on Roe

January 22, 2013
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Choosing Our Own Lives: Two 40-Something Feminists Reflect on Roe

By Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Monica J. Casper January 20, 2013 Aishah: Are you there, Monica? It’s me, Aishah....
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