Posts Tagged ‘ Black Feminism ’

In Solidarity with Mireille Miller-Young: Porn Studies, Context, and Speech

April 2, 2014
One of the images Dr. Miller-Young analyzes in her scholarship.

By Heather Berg Various scholars, journalists, and shock jocks have shared their perspectives on the March 4th encounter between UCSB Professor Mireille Miller-Young and the anti-choice group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (writing this out gives me the creeps so I’ll use SAH subsequently). I am not interested in presenting a judgment of Professor...
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Feminists We Love: Toni Cade Bambara

March 25, 2014

TFW Associate Editor Heidi R. Lewis, "The feminism she gave me is heavy—obliging me both epistemologically and ontologically. For these reasons, I often still wonder if I’m really ready, for, as she once said, 'revolution begins with the self, in the self.'"
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Toward a Feminist Politics of De-Criminalization and Abolition: Why We Support Dr. Mireille Miller-Young

March 22, 2014

By Tamara L. Spira and Heather M. Turcotte We contest the criminalization of UC Santa Barbara feminist studies professor, Dr. Mireille Miller-Young. As feminists dedicated to fostering movements for anti-racist queer positive sexuality, we support Dr. Miller-Young. As feminists who work for the erotic autonomies and collective sexual self-determination of marginalized communities, we support...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Black Women, Bodies, Criminal Justice, Health, Patriarchy, Privilege, Racism, Reproduction, Sexism, Stereotypes, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, White Women, Whiteness, Women of Color | 6 Comments »

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (Book Review)

March 7, 2014

By David B. Green, Jr. I have learned through the process of story telling and sharing that we all come from various walks of life and that doesn’t make any of us less valid. –Janet Mock   To date, there exist only a select number of memoirs written by self-identified Black trans or drag-queen...
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Posted in Activism, Black Women, Bodies, Book Review, Culture, Ethnicity, Feminism, LGBTQI, Politics, Sexuality, U.S., Uncategorized, Women of Color | 1 Comment »

Why Is Academic Writing So Beautiful? Notes on Black Feminist Scholarship

March 4, 2014
Angela Davis and Toni Morrison

By Emily Lordi The title of this piece responds to Joshua Rothman’s recent essay for the New Yorker blog, “Why Is Academic Writing So Academic?”, which is itself a response to Nicholas Kristof’s call for academics to engage in public debate. Both Rothman, a writer and editor who considered a career in academia, and...
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The Audre Lorde Archival Research Seminar at Spelman College

February 27, 2014
Banah Gadbian's artwork

By Jerry Wever The Audre Lorde Archival Research Seminar at Spelman College in Atlanta is such a special seminar.   This year marks the third offering in three years (2012-2014).  Interdisciplinary, it offers Spelman students a full immersion in Audre Lorde’s radical genius.  Fellow Spelman professor and poet Opal Moore and I co-created and co-teach...
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Love Note for Audre Lorde

February 26, 2014
Photo by Jennifer Abod

By Jennifer Abod Audre was the first black lesbian feminist that I saw in the flesh. I had discovered her several years before in a black feminist magazine called Azalea. My daughter and niece were in the next room. I remember yelling and immediately clapping my hand over my mouth because I didn’t want to...
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Dear Audre Lorde

February 23, 2014
Image Credit: Dagmar Shultz

      Dear Audre Lorde, I thank you for the poem that you were and the poem that you are. You are the poem that I cling to at night when I’m afraid. You are my symbol of survival. I never had the chance to meet you in the flesh. My relationship with...
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Rediscovering Audre

February 21, 2014
Audre Lorde

By Kathe Sandler The modern Black feminist movement was percolating when I was a child and I hardly knew it. Looking back all the signs were there—the hugely popular paperback book, The Black Woman, edited by Toni Cade Bambara sat on kitchen tables and nightstands. My mother, Joan Sandler, a pioneering African American arts...
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A Love Note To Audre

February 20, 2014
Cassandra Ellerbee-Dueck

By Cassandra Ellerbe-Dueck (9 February 2014) Dearest Audre, It’s me Cassandra. So much has happened in my life since that spring evening in Munich in 1988 where you convinced me to interpret your poetry into a language (German) that I did not speak perfectly at the time. Nevertheless, you demanded that a Black woman...
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