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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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2 poems by Lee Ann Roripaugh

July 29, 2015
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……………….tsunami battles the pink robots / french poststructuralist tsunami     it’s such a pitiful bukkake those post-tsunami Roombas   cooling down   plant walls stripping off paint   and concrete surface with their waterjets   (Hitachi’s “Arounder” Mitsubishi’s “MEISTeR”   the diesel-fueled “ASTACO-SoRa”)   but hers / is still bigger than theirs / mythological   slippery and apocryphal as Butler’s lesbian phallus   she doesn’t give a shit about...
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#SayHerName: #SandraBland is Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Fannie Lou Hamer

July 22, 2015
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We interrupt our summer break to #SayHerName and to honor #SandraBland. Sandra Bland should not be dead but she may have taken her own life. I awoke this morning thinking about Sandra and that edited (and here and here) dash cam video. It is clear, to my mind at least, that sista refused the oppressors oppression, did not mince words, and quite possibly chose her own destiny. Prior to...
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3 poems by Darrian Wesley

July 22, 2015
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Words Before Dying   As my mother’s mother warned of her love when I confessed,   gay: many have died for this. But to bullet this body   bloody as good ganja does the eye’s white would be   a shame. Who would write my poems or throw my shade?   Pray God take the breath of our blood, He drain its strivings   to be holy, leave me...
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A poem by Amy Lukau

July 15, 2015
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i always wanted to work on a cotton plantation. you know, somewhere in the deep south. close to cajun town but deeper toward the mouth   of the void:   Georgia North Carolina Mississippi or Tennessee.   i want to get toward the heart of darkness —experience the voodoo of Louisiana: enlightenment. rock babies to sleep in a cradle: like President Obama. i want my bottle of 40 i...
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Act Out features TFW’s Heidi R. Lewis

July 8, 2015
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Heidi R. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College and Associate Editor for TFW, was recently interviewed by Eleanor Goldfield on Act Out!, a weekly show (Wednesdays) that "hi-lights creative and grassroots activism and how to get involved."
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2 pieces by Cherie Jones

July 7, 2015
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In Memoriam   I mourn my vagina, and miss her. My husband mourns her too.  As things progressed, we’d used a special Morse when he wanted to make love.  ‘How is she?’ he’d mutter, ‘Alright?’ (dot.dot.dot.)  ‘Not so good,’ I’d stutter, and he’d hug me, too guilty of health to request a hand job. Sometimes, when he asked, I’d say, ‘She’s fine,’ even if she wasn’t quite, and he would...
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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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