Disclosure

March 26, 2013
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By David J. Malebranche His 26 year old body was calculating comfortable, sprawled over a disheveled collection of towels and sheets constituting a makeshift mattress, littered with blood-tinged gauze pads, a towel soiled with oral secretions and a crusty suction tube. Upon seeing me enter the room, his weary eyes shifted from his digital tablet in my direction and flashed the brightest beams they could muster to engage with...
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Introducing: Andrea Plaid

March 26, 2013
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Andrea Plaid is the associate editor of the award-winning race-and-pop-culture blog Racialicious. She is also an associate producer of the renowned web series Black Folk Don’t. Her work on race, gender, sex, and sexuality can be found in the following publications: On The Issues, Bitch, AlterNet, RH Reality Check, Penthouse, Corset Magazine, In These Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, New American Media, and the 2011 anthology Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism, edited by Jessica (Yee) Danforth....
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Introducing Audrey Silvestre: Special Projects Intern

March 26, 2013
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Audrey Silvestre is a queer chicana feminist from Los Angeles, California. She is a fierce organizer who has also presented at several conferences by conducting workshops on gender, sexuality, homophobia, DIY media, zines, etc. Audrey is a mentor for ImMEDIAte Justice. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and is working on her M.A. in Chican@ Studies at CSU Northridge.
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The Erased Women of the Wall: Settler Feminism and the Moroccan Quarter

March 25, 2013
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The Erased Women of the Wall: Settler Feminism and the Moroccan Quarter

By Jimmy Johnson Tel Aviv University Professor Orly Lubin asks about Israeli feminism, “Should feminists struggle for the implementation of equal rights in the army in the form of the inclusion of women in exactly the same roles and functions of men, or is feminism about dismantling all modes of violence, the army included?” The latter analysis is represented by Israeli organizations like New Profile (a terrific organization with...
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Op-Ed: Putting Violence Against Women on ‘Display’

March 24, 2013
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Op-Ed: Putting Violence Against Women on ‘Display’

By Laura Odenthal At first glance Syria, India, and the U.S. have little in common. However, even with their potentially divisive geographic locations and ideological beliefs, the women of these countries are harnessing social media tactics to similar effect. Within Syria, India, and the U.S., women are using crowdsourcing strategies to record sexual assaults. Crowdsourcing is a fairly new technological development that connects groups of people together and mobilizes...
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Transforming rape culture from Steubenville to anywhere, USA

March 23, 2013
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By Lisa Factora-Borchers I usually beam when Ohio makes news.  Usually.  In presidential election years, the inner grin shows its teeth when I hear the famous phrase, “As goes Ohio, so goes the nation.”  Over the past several months however, as a writer living in the Buckeye state, I have found this saying applicable as we continue to survey the damage in the aftermath of the Steubenville rape case....
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Maternal Evil?

March 22, 2013
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Maternal Evil?

By Keira Williams Before she jumped eight stories to her death, Cynthia Wachenheim left a thirteen-page suicide letter explaining that she was a bad mother. She was “evil,” she wrote, because of what she planned to do, and because of what she had failed to do in the past. Motivated by “guilt and fear,” she strapped her ten-month-old son to her chest and leapt. Miraculously, her son survived. The morbid...
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Confessions of a Black Morrissey Fan

March 21, 2013
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Confessions of a Black Morrissey Fan

By Joshua Alston This week, Morrissey announced that he is canceling the remainder of his North American tour, due to an ongoing battle with a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus, and a case of pneumonia in both of his lungs. I was disappointed to hear about the illnesses plaguing the singer, who since fronting the seminal rock band The Smiths in the ‘80s, has built a particularly cultish fan base of...
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Deadline Approaching: Call for Submissions for TFW forum on "Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism within Feminisms"

March 20, 2013
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Deadline Approaching: Call for Submissions for TFW forum on "Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism within Feminisms"

In 1979, Black socialist feminist lesbian writer, scholar, and organizer Barbara Smith stood in front of the National Association of Women’s Studies and said the following, Feminism is the political theory and practice that struggles to free all women: women of color, working-class women, poor women, disabled women, Jewish women, lesbians, old women–as well as white, economically privileged heterosexual women. Anything less than this vision of total freedom is...
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A Declaration: Toward A New Politics of Black Female Sexuality*

March 19, 2013
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I want to begin this essay by declaring my stake and investment in the project of rearticulating and reframing narratives around Black female sexuality. I was born to a Black Puerto Rican American mother who birthed me at age 18. I was raised by my mother, grandmother, aunts, and my mother’s friends who had children the same year I was born, and in a community of Black women who...
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Feminist in My Kitchen

March 18, 2013
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Feminist in My Kitchen

By Nilofar Ansher The Romantic Tedium of Cooking Our notions of love and nurture are bound with the flavor, texture and warmth of food cooked and served by our mothers. It’s the leitmotif of my childhood in the late 1980s: the children busy with homework and heading off to school, dad reading the newspaper and hurrying off to work, and mom marking her presence in each room – the...
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  • Hunger Kwame Laughing Foto

    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

  • Stroller (A Screenplay) Black families and community

    Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.

  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Kate Rushin: I see the whole thing played out. I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped. My story is reduced to filler buried in the back of the paper, on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

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