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I Knew what Rape was Before I Knew what Sex was

April 16, 2014
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By Shivani Davé I knew what rape was before I knew what sex was. It wasn’t violent stranger rape that my mother told me about. That I knew by watching the news, by being afraid to walk down the street, it became instinct. It was the friend-that-you-invite-over-after-dinner, the guy-that-lives-down-the-hall-from-your-dorm-room, the date-that-doesn’t-take-no-for-an-answer-while-your-roommate-is-sleeping-in-the next-room, kind of...
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Poetry by Teré Fowler-Chapman

March 26, 2014
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Truth levitated like smoke Thoughts came from the depth of our bellies Rose and set like a fresh breath in   Out of all the names left hanging on trees Burned on crosses Torn at the mercy of animals teeth   Out of all the names gunned down in the name of God Raped...
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TFW’s Sikivu Hutchinson and Aishah Shahidah Simmons Partner to Address Sexual Violence with Youth in South Los Angeles

March 10, 2014
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On Friday, March 7, 2014, TFW Associate Editor Aishah Shahidah Simmons gave a presentation on the importance of naming and ending sexual violence with approximately 50 African-American and Latino students from Washington Prep High School  and Duke Ellington Continuation School’s Women of Color in the U.S. class  in South Los Angeles. This International Women’s Day...
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New Revolutions? Finding and Naming Them for Transnational Feminisms

March 4, 2014
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By Zillah Eisenstein My writing is a small offering to give political voice to the extra-ordinary attempt at trans-national and cultural and racial and class and gender solidarity. It is to give a public recognition to women doing revolution on behalf of their bodies—sexually, economically, racially, politically. “We” are migrants, middle class, unemployed, poor,...
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The Lorde Works in Mysterious and Magical Ways: An Introduction to TFW’s Audre Lorde Forum

February 18, 2014
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I write libation to all those known and unknown ancestors across lifetimes that have gone before me and upon whose shoulders I literally stand. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 is the 80th birthday anniversary of Audre Lorde, the self-defined Black Lesbian Feminist Mother Warrior Poet. In her short lifetime in the physical form, Sister Lorde...
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Feminists We Love: Farah Tanis

February 7, 2014
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  Farah Tanis is a transnational feminist and human rights activist. She is co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Feminist Organization Black Women’s Blueprint. She launched and Chairs the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. ever to focus on Black women and their historical and contemporary experiences with sexual assault.  Tanis...
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Sexual Violence: Why It Can Destroy Us All

November 15, 2013
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By Kenneth Pass I’ve been secretly dealing with a past sexual violation of my body for 10 years. I am a black man, and the most important bearing in this discussion is how and why it has taken me so long to finally reach a threshold of redemption — a space where I can...
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Imagining Patsey’s Rescue by Harriet Tubman (Or, Marie Laveau’s Vengeance)

November 8, 2013
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By Janell Hobson Having seen 12 Years a Slave twice (first at a fundraising event and later at a private screening and discussion), I am struck by the story of Patsey (superbly portrayed by Lupita Nyong’o), the enslaved woman who is “prized” and “favored” by Solomon Northup’s second owner, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender in...
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Feminists We Love: Zerlina Maxwell (Video)

October 18, 2013
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Zerlina Maxwell holds a JD from the Rutgers University School of Law and a BA in International Relations and Affairs from Tufts University. Over the past few years, she’s become a force to be reckoned with regarding policy and culture, especially domestic violence, sexual assault, and victim-blaming. In 2008, she served as a field...
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3 poems by Jordan Rice

October 16, 2013
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3 poems by Jordan Rice

Tresses   My father rings our apple trees with his own urine, says the scent will scare off starving deer which strip   his low limbs bare at night.  His foot is almost healed, the bones screwed together, re-strung with tendons   from a dead teenager, who was at least alone in his Camaro...
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