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Just a Distraction?: The Pley Club and the Sexual Politics of U.S. Power

April 24, 2012
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Just a Distraction?: The Pley Club and the Sexual Politics of U.S. Power

By Theresa Runstedtler “We let the boss down.” That was the Joint Chief of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey’s response to the sex scandal involving Secret Service and military personnel in Cartagena, Columbia on the eve of President Obama’s arrival for the Summit of the Americas. 11 Secret Service agents and 10 members of...
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Who Will Revere Us? (Black LGTBQ People, Straight Women, and Girls) (Part 1)

April 23, 2012
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Who Will Revere Us? (Black LGTBQ People, Straight Women, and Girls) (Part 1)

The title of this four part article is a metaphorical nod to the legendary jazz singer, songwriter, actor, and activist Abbey Lincoln (also known as Aminata Moseka) whose essay, “Who Will Revere The Black Woman?” is featured in the ground-breaking anthology The Black Woman. Edited by Black feminist author, screenwriter, and visionary activist Toni...
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Women Miss Out on Job Growth

April 19, 2012
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The “mancession” has morphed into the “hecovery,” leaving women workers largely in the dust. The share of adult women who are employed is lower than it was two years ago, while men have seen an upturn. The slow pace of recovery in women’s employment has surprised and concerned some experts, who say it’s unclear...
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CA Prosecutors Detain Juvenile Rape Victim to Help Investigation

April 10, 2012
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Prosecutors in Sacramento, CA have taken the unusual step of detaining an alleged teenage rape victim who has a history of running away, saying she is a key witness against a man prosecutors say is a career criminal and serial rapist. Victims’ rights advocates are joining the 17-year-old foster child’s attorneys in arguing that...
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Selling Sex (and Justice) in Orleans Parish

April 5, 2012
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Selling Sex (and Justice) in Orleans Parish

By Joseph J. Fischel ~sex for sale Until last week, selling anal and oral sex in Louisiana was a registerable sex offense, on par with incest and sexual battery. You might reasonably ask why this was so, or whether the declassification of such a crime as a sex offense is particularly newsworthy.  In fact,...
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Gender Equity Still Requires a Focus on the “Second Shift”

April 4, 2012
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Gender Equity Still Requires a Focus on the “Second Shift”

By Joseph de la Torre Dwyer Lucky enough to attend college, I sat in a first-year seminar meant to expose students to a variety of both subject matter and viewpoints.  To this day I tell people about two books from that course that changed my life.  One of those books was the very first...
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ICE Deportations Leave Thousands in U.S. Foster Care System

April 3, 2012
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A new ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) report revealed that in the first six months of 2011, the agency deported a total of 46,686 immigrants that had at least one child that was a U.S. citizen. The deportation of parents may have unintended consequences for the country. Stacy Martin of the Lutheran Immigration and...
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For My Sistah(s): A Black Feminist Queer Consciousness-Raising Book List

April 3, 2012
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For My Sistah(s): A Black Feminist Queer Consciousness-Raising Book List

By Kiyan Williams I am the over-protective older brother of a fourteen-year old young black woman. And I am worried for her. I was worried for her on my bus ride home last week when I witnessed a man verbally assault a young woman who I imagined as my little sister in a few...
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The WealthyTarget Bangladeshi's Poor for Organs

March 27, 2012
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Wealthy people are bypassing donor lists by paying off poor people in Bangladesh into selling their organs. An investigative paper, authored by anthropologist Monir Moniruzzaman, examined illegal organ trafficking in Bangladesh, relaying the narratives of 33 victims who were tricked by organ buyers into having their kidneys extracted from their bodies (The Atlantic). Newspaper classified ads promising...
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Racial Attitudes and Opinions on Healthcare Reform

March 26, 2012
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As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear a case involving the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care overhaul, social scientists are asking a disturbing — and controversial — question: Do the intense feelings about the health care overhaul among ordinary Americans stem from their philosophical views about the appropriate role of government, or...
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    by Christine Stoddard   I pluck my hair from the root because my scalp can make the sacrifice. Because I want to create from my own body. Because my children are hungry. Open the studio. There is no paint in the house. Open the fridge. There is no milk in [...]

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      Las Krudas Cubensi are Cuban Hip Hop MCs, Independent Musicians, Poets, Theater Performers representing Womyn, Immigrants, Queer and People of Color Action as a Central Part of World Change. They choose  art as a weapon to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate life. Kruda in Cuba means raw, unprocessed, unrefined, [...]

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    In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, two poets explore fracturing, fragmentation and “shards” from feminist perspectives. . Making Mosaics By Leah Ware Gluing the pieces together, One by one, the mirrors go down Along [...]