Yes, brotha—come GET me!: A Black Feminist’s (Late) Response to Think Like a Man

February 12, 2013
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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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Transit Violations: Locating the ‘Bus Rape’ in L.A. and Other Public Geographies of Violence

February 8, 2013
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By: Asha Best I began writing this piece in late November 2012, but even in the process of returning to it and revising, reports of rapes and assaults on subways and buses have multiplied. But because public space/ transit has been so terribly pathologized–deemed overused by the chronically poor, the infantile, the black, and the alien–it becomes at once inevitable that these violent acts would have occurred, and at...
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Olivia Pope and the Scandal of Representation

February 7, 2013
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Olivia Pope and the Scandal of Representation

By Brandon Maxwell On April 5, 2012 Shonda Rhimes premiered yet another television drama that would entice millions of viewers to faithfully return to their couches weekly to watch her newest production – Scandal. In case you haven’t seen it, this drama purportedly centers on protagonist Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a “Professional Fixer,” and her efforts to make political problems go away. While this is the drama’s claim, a...
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Able Normative Supremacy and the Zero Mentality

February 5, 2013
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Within our neoliberal cultural imaginary, disabled people are rendered as bodies lacking agency. As a result, the measures of progress used to gauge the inclusion and liberation of disabled people within an able-normative supremacist culture tend to be organized around, what I name, “the zero mentality.” Let me explain. Globally, disabled people, most of whom are bodies of color, experience structural violence, monstrous neglect and economic disenfranchisement in ways...
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Reflections on an Integrated Coffee Table: Recalling One Reader of Ebony Magazine

February 4, 2013
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Reflections on an Integrated Coffee Table: Recalling One Reader of Ebony Magazine

By Deborah A. Smith This is the story of a White subscriber to Ebony and some reflections on that reader’s personal path of activism. The subscriber in this story is my late mother, Jane McGuire Smith, born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1919. Her father was a civil engineer and a somewhat spoiled, only child. Her mother was the middle daughter of three, whose father died when she was ten. My...
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Can We End Violence Against Women and Girls?

February 4, 2013
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Can We End Violence Against Women and Girls?

By Soma Chaudhuri Violence against women and girls is pervasive in today’s world. The Feminist Wire recently published several articles and one Op-Ed, showcasing in particular a range of critical responses to the gang rape and death of a 23-year old Delhi student last December. These articles—taken together as a cohesive forum on the rape and its aftermath—highlight the relevance and indeed urgency of Violence against Women (VAW) for...
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Op-Ed: Women, Rape, and Lack of Toilets

February 3, 2013
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Op-Ed: Women, Rape, and Lack of Toilets

By Sunil Bhatia In the aftermath of the gruesome gang rape and murder of the 23-year-old physiotherapist in New Delhi, the Government of India set up a committee on anti-rape laws so a new Charter of Rights can be granted to victims of sexual offence. The committee, headed by the Supreme Court Justice Verma, submitted the report recently and recommended that 10 new Charter of Rights be enacted into...
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Some Concluding Thoughts on Violence Against Women in the U.S. and India

February 2, 2013
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Some Concluding Thoughts on Violence Against Women in the U.S. and India

By Julie A. Hagstrom My perspective comes from a long career as a community and statewide advocate for domestic and sexual violence victims in Michigan. Having also worked on evaluation and public policy oriented projects in the U.S., I appreciate and foster a multi-disciplinary approach to discussing and thinking about gendered violence. Violence against women and girls is a universal problem. It is not confined to India, and we...
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“If You Are Now Saying, No, Women Are Equal…”

February 2, 2013
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“If You Are Now Saying, No, Women Are Equal…”

By Amita Chudgar The day after our teach-in, on January 24th, 2013, the airwaves and newspapers were filled with the announcement that the U.S. Pentagon had dropped the ban that excluded women from combat roles. That night, as I was driving home, on PRI’s “The World” I heard an interview with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Capt. Zoe Bedell. At the end of the interview, she was asked what she...
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