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TFW on Break July 2015

June 1, 2015
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In the spirit of self-care and sustainability, The Feminist Wire Editorial Collective will be breaking for the month of July, beginning July 1st. We will be back in August. Happily, our Arts and Culture column is scheduled throughout the summer, so you will still be able to enjoy our creative offerings. Please note that you will still be able to read all previously published content on our site. And you will be...
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3 poems by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

July 1, 2015
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THE MOON IS TRANS The moon is trans. From this moment forward, the moon is trans. You don’t get to write about the moon anymore unless you respect that. You don’t get to talk to the moon anymore unless you use her correct pronouns. You don’t get to send men to the moon anymore unless their job is to bow down before her and apologize for the sins of...
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Return from ZombieLand: Academia, Substance Abuse, and Accountability

June 30, 2015
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By Olubukola Yetunde Ogundipe       On April 18th 2015, I was hospitalized due to an acute mental breakdown. While this episode was the first of its nature for me, the events that led up to that experience had been slowly and steadily building over time. All that was needed was a trigger. As a child, I was naturally curious, but preferred spending time in smaller groups. I lived in the...
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Free Marissa Now and Stand With Nan-Hui: A Conversation About Parallel Struggles

June 30, 2015
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Alisa Bierria, a member of the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign and a member of INCITE! and Hyejin Shim, an organizer with the Stand with Nan-Hui Campaign and a member of Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse (KACEDA) came together with Mimi Kim and Emi Kane of INCITE! to reflect on the common political ties between two women of color surviving the intersections of domestic violence, the U.S....
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Memory and Violence: Old South Nostalgia in the Wake of the Emanuel AME Shooting

June 29, 2015
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By Jamie Huff   Since the recent killing of nine Black congregants at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME church on June 17, debates about the confederate flag have again surfaced on a national scale, particularly for South Carolinians hoping to eliminate the state’s most overt symbolic tie to its history of slavery and secession.  The flying of the flag on the capital dome, and later on the capital grounds,...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Hillary Clinton for President? Why She’s Not the Woman We Need

June 29, 2015
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By: Aviva DeKornfeld Hillary Clinton is a woman and as it turns out, this is big news. Back in 2012, both Clinton and Barak Obama fought for the Democratic nomination, and perhaps fought even harder to distance themselves from their gender and race, respectively. This time, Clinton is ostensibly embracing her womanhood, openly sharing her personal experience balancing work and motherhood, and addressing issues such as reproductive rights, violence...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: An Open Letter to My Ex, Nude Picture

June 26, 2015
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By Kaitlin Harris   Dear Gilbert, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for keeping my private pictures (from two years ago, no less!) in your email even after I clearly broke it off with you. Thank you for giving me a state of panic in late May of 2015 when multiple people messaged me on Facebook saying, “Your nude pictures are up online…just so you know.” Thank...
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4 Poems by Carmen Giménez Smith

June 24, 2015
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EPIGRAMS FOR A LADY   If you hate it when your son is preternaturally boy, freight him with your trunk’s warp. A woman could form a bastion with a man, but for it to persist, both parties must wield Kalashnikovs and permission from Uber-Mom. The idiot, the bad apple: the same thing as prototypical feminine. The best enemy against antagonism is more howl and less whisper. Frizz and anxiety...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Nine Times She Felt Less Than Human

June 23, 2015
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By Emily Schultz                                                                                                                                 One When...
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On Nicknaming Predators

June 22, 2015
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By Erin Corbett I have been asked by a number of people about naming drones. “Do drone operators name their drones?” “Do drone operators give their drones nicknames?” “If you bought a drone, would you name it?” “What would you name your drone?” Multiple people have asked me these questions since the start of my project—my advisors, my peers, my friends—and I had not given the matter much thought until...
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Your White Friends Can’t Save You

June 19, 2015
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By Hari Ziyad Two nights ago, I was traumatized by the racially motivated massacre of nine Black people in a church in Charleston, SC. Last night, Whiteness traumatized me again. Perhaps I needed a reminder that not all white people want to slaughter us in cold blood. Maybe I just wanted to know that love transcends race. Both of those things are undeniably true. What is not is that...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: In the Hour of Consciousness: Three Poems by Kathryn Eichner

June 19, 2015
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400 Lux   Clouds forming cosmic rats—patchouli               were the first and last words I wrote in my physics notebook in a stale lecture hall, flooded with fluorescents too dim               for anything to grow on its own.   The off-color lecture preached               to justify the corpses we’ve unknowingly counted.      ...
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