The Precarity of Latino/a Child-Citizen Subjects: From Dora the Explorer to Child Deportees

October 8, 2012
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The Precarity of Latino/a Child-Citizen Subjects: From Dora the Explorer to Child Deportees

What is a child-citizen subject? Put simply, it encompasses children’s right to exist, grow, and live in a country while being seen as a secondary participant in political and social life. In other words, the figure of the child-citizen subject initiates a conversation about national belonging. According to theorist Courtney Welkie-Mills, “children are fascinating as political subjects because they represent the values, expectations, and futurity of citizenship, while simultaneously...
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Introducing: Theresa Runstedtler

October 6, 2012
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Introducing: Theresa Runstedtler

Theresa Runstedtler is Assistant Professor of American Studies in the Department of Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and was recently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line (UC Press, 2012), a book that explores the first African American world heavyweight champion’s worldwide legacy as a black sporting hero...
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Andrea Plaid, Associate Editor of Racialicious: The TFW Interview

October 5, 2012
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Andrea Plaid, Associate Editor of Racialicious: The TFW Interview

By Darnell L. Moore and Aishah Shahidah Simmons Racialicious is one of the hottest race and pop culture blog sites to emerge in the social media world, thanks to the blog’s Owner/Editor,  hip-hop feminist and self-described “media junkie” Latoya Peterson. We interviewed Andrea Plaid, the fab, brilliant, provocative, and audacious Associate Editor who is part of the editorial team that keeps the blog spinnig in orbit. We are excited to share...
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In Praise of the Never Straight: Cheryl Clarke

October 4, 2012
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In Praise of the Never Straight: Cheryl Clarke

In 1982, Black Lesbian Feminist Poet and Scholar Cheryl Clarke wrote a letter to her fellow Black Feminist Poet June Jordan:  ”No there is nothing wrong with your eyes,” she reassured her colleague and collaborator, “my letterhead is indeed crooked.” June Jordan saved this letter and I found it almost three decades later in Jordan’s papers at the Schlessinger Archive at Harvard University.  Crooked, indeed.  Cheryl Clarke’s life and...
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"Praying Away the Gay" Gets the Smackdown

October 4, 2012
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"Praying Away the Gay" Gets the Smackdown

By Sikivu Hutchinson By banning so-called gay teen conversion therapy with his approval of SB 1172, California Governor Jerry Brown smacked down the forces of homophobic bigotry, psychological terrorism, and flat earth anti-science idiocy.  Sponsored by California state senator Ted Lieu, the bill was supported by the American Psychological Association and California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Conversion therapy advocates have fired back with a legal challenge that claims the...
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Changes to TFW's Submission Policy

October 1, 2012
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The Feminist Wire is a collective.  We are a group of people who all have day jobs and/or schooling, partners and families, activist work, and other pressing commitments. As such, our work for TFW is entirely voluntary. What we do for TFW we do for love and justice, and we multi-task incessantly. For a core group of us, our commitment to TFW involves extensive copyediting of guest contributions. And...
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World Contraception Day

September 26, 2012
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World Contraception Day

Today, September 26th, is World Contraception Day. And here at TFW, we invite you to consider what contraception has meant and may still mean to your own life (especially if you have sex with men), as well as to the lives of girls and women throughout the world. Recognizing this day is especially significant given the relentless attacks on women’s reproductive health in the United States and erosion of...
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Introducing TFW Intern Maura Jennison-Obenshain

September 22, 2012
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Introducing TFW Intern Maura Jennison-Obenshain

TFW is delighted to introduce our current intern, Maura Jennison-Obenshain, who will be working for us throughout the fall semester. Maura is a graduate student at Arizona State University, studying Social Justice and Human Rights. Her research interests are music and social movements, social justice and social change, and feminism. She moved to Arizona for college (B.A. Women’s and Gender Studies, ASU), and now works for the University as...
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Sophia Azeb Responds to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

September 21, 2012
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Sophia Azeb Responds to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Examine the image above carefully. What do you see? No, it’s not a parody from The Onion. It’s actually the cover of this week’s edition of Newsweek, and in it Ayaan Hirsi Ali – the lamentably popular author of such stimulating reads as Infidel and The Caged Virgin – actually provides a guide on how to civilize brown people end “Muslim rage.” “What is Muslim rage?” I shouted (ostensibly...
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Introducing: Sophia Azeb

September 21, 2012
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Introducing: Sophia Azeb

Sophia Azeb is an Egyptian-Palestinian anarcha-feminist teacher, writer, and organizer pursuing her PhD in American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Sophia’s scholarship explores the impact of border-crossing visual, literary, and aural cultural production on identity formation in Egypt, Palestine, and Algeria in the mid-twentieth century. She currently organizes with the Palestinian American Women’s Association of Southern California. Sophia is also a writer for the popular...
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