Op-Ed: “Looking Good” is Overrated: One Mom’s Response to Maria Kang

October 27, 2013
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Maria Kang

By Lily July Maria Kang, you look fabulous.  I fully commend you for the work you put into a goal that was important to you, and I congratulate you on your success.  I admire you for your self-reflective journey, your honesty in your writing, and your acknowledgment that everyone is different.  I looked pretty good before I got pregnant, but nothing like you. I also have an eight-month old...
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Secular Woman of the Year

October 25, 2013
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Secular Woman of the Year

I’m honored to be recognized as the Secular Woman of the Year by Secular Woman, a feminist gender justice organization dedicated to “amplifying the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women.” Writer Ian Cromwell was named “Secular Man of the Year” and writer Soraya Chemaly was named “Secular Activist of the Year”  for her feminist advocacy. Writing about the urgency of male feminist activism on his blog, Ian argues that: “There is an important dual...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Dismissed Feminist Revision or: How I Learned to Stop Trolling and Love Lady Gaga’s “Applause”

October 25, 2013
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By Andrew Emitt Recently, I was banned from the Popjustice forum after posting my opinion of Lady Gaga’s newest single “Applause” in the “Lady Gaga ‘Artpop’” thread. The reason? “Trolling.” According to the page, an internet slang word that Urban Dictionary defines as “the art of deliberately… pissing people off.” Had I really crossed a line? The only remotely incendiary aspect of my post was the suggestion that “Applause” should embarrass its...
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Feminists We Love: Alison Piepmeier

October 25, 2013
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Alison Piepmeier

It’s hard to say exactly what distinguishes good teaching from great teaching, but the evidence of transformative teaching is undeniable. Transformative teachers cultivate student followings. Students linger well after class is over to ask follow up questions and to keep the conversation going. When students go above and beyond the requirements of a class–reading the supplementary texts and asking for more, bringing  classroom learning to bear on campus activism...
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Segregated Sisterhoods and the Mercurial Politics of Racial Truth-Telling

October 24, 2013
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Segregated Sisterhoods and the Mercurial Politics of Racial Truth-Telling

By Shannen Dee Williams “Young lady, you just told my story. In 1952, I was denied admission to the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Buffalo, New York solely on the basis of race. I was one of the broken hearts that you mentioned.” Those were the first words spoken to me by Elaine Marie Clyburn on March 21, 2012. I had just delivered a lecture on the...
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The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

October 23, 2013
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The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

By Sally Stevens, Elizabeth Stahmer, and Cecile McKee There is a substantial body of research showing that when a person is cruel to animals, they are more likely to be cruel to people as well, that animal abuse is more prevalent in homes in which domestic violence (DV) occurs, and that when any form of violence is present in a home, no one (including pets) is safe. One study of...
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A Letter to Marissa Alexander

October 23, 2013
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Dear Marissa, It was a cold and dark Christmas Eve—sometime in the mid 80’s. My mom, my three sisters, and I lived in a small, but comfortable, house on Maryland Street in Camden, NJ. We smiled a lot. According to the pictures I recently stole from mom, my sisters and I donned big smiles and tight ass corduroys. What’s interesting to me some twenty-plus years later, however, is the...
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3 poems by Lilith Latini

October 23, 2013
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3 poems by Lilith Latini

Fact of a Flat   Tire’s rim against rubber against pavement. Car hunched over its warped wheel, and nothing to do but lift the thing from its stupor. Silver nail head against matte black treads – utility lost in one long exhale.   Separate nuts from bolts. After the last rusted seal cracks, shuck the shriveled limb from its joint – trade for the spare’s wobbly fit. Get out...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: In Every Community: LGBT Domestic Violence

October 22, 2013
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By Zahara T. Hill Every 9 seconds; a phrase learned from watching several Lifetime Television movies when I was younger. Following a Lifetime movie centered on domestic abuse, a commercial would play relaying the statistic that every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten by her partner. Lifetime was effective in informing me about domestic abuse and its manifestation not only in physical treatment of a partner but...
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Violence Against Women Is Not A Cultural Tradition But A Crime

October 22, 2013
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By Hope Wabuke On Tuesday, October 1, reports the India Times from Muzaffarnaga, India, two women in the Fugana village were gang raped, their homes burned to the ground to intimidate them from reporting the crime. This is after four other women were gang raped on September 30 in the same village, their homes also burned down. This could be why a seventeen year old girl, also in India, killed herself rather than face her rapists in...
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Domestic Violence Survivors Write to their Body Parts to Reclaim the Pieces that Make Them Whole and at Home

October 22, 2013
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Domestic Violence Survivors

By Lexie Bean “Do not be afraid to put this book down. Do not be afraid to pick this book up. This book is not heavy, but a release for those who have survived.” This call for space and validation mark the opening pages of Portable Homes, an anthology filled with letters written by domestic violence survivors to one of their body parts. These pages serve as an act...
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