"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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Introducing: Tanisha C. Ford

September 21, 2012
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Introducing: Tanisha C. Ford

Tanisha C. Ford, Ph.D., is an award-winning writer, intellectual, and activist designing her own brand of “Haute Couture Intellectualism.” She is currently writing a book, Liberated Threads: Black Women and the Politics of Adornment. She is an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Follow her on Twitter @SoulistaPhd.
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Are We Really That Different from Cicely Bolden?

September 20, 2012
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Are We Really That Different from Cicely Bolden?

By Kat Griffith Cicely Bolden was a young woman who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend because of her HIV status. After school, her young children found her at home, murdered. Media coverage states that the boyfriend killed her (brutally, I might add) when she disclosed her HIV-positive status after they had sex. Here is what I find interesting: First, for many media outlets, the narrative’s tone is...
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She Didn’t Deserve To Die

September 20, 2012
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She Didn’t Deserve To Die

By Precious Jackson I’m saddened to hear about Cicely Bolden’s murder at the hand of her intimate partner when this did not need to happen. Bolden was a woman living with HIV, with two young children, who disclosed her status to her partner after they had sex. Maybe she didn’t feel comfortable enough to disclose her status earlier. Maybe she felt she would be stigmatized, judged, and/or looked upon...
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Massa Mitt Does South of the Border

September 19, 2012
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Massa Mitt Does South of the Border

Over the past few months, the GOP has proudly reveled in Ronald Reagan’s old chestnut that “facts are stupid things.” First, Anne Romney told us at the Republican National convention that her bootstraps moxie enabled her to work hard enough to marry a multi-millionaire.  Then, Mother Jones magazine broke the story that Massa Mitt Romney rhapsodized at a private fundraiser in May about being Latino.  Romney joked about an alternative south...
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