The UConn WGSS Public Statement

April 26, 2013
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The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Connecticut applauds Ms. Luby for creating an open dialogue about the relationship among the UConn brand, discourses of masculinity, systems of violence, and the responsibility of the University to create civil and welcoming environments for all students.  We are appalled at the threatening comments against Ms. Luby on our campus and posted online.  However, we believe it is...
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Why is UConn's Mascot a Rape Meme?

April 26, 2013
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By Soraya L. Chemaly Two days ago, Carolyn Luby, an undergraduate at University of Connecticut published a remarkable open letter to the school’s president,  Susan Herbst, in The Feminist Wire.  In the letter she made her case and argued persuasively that the school’s new mascot and branding should be reconsidered. The school had decided as part of this visual identity revamping to change its Husky Dog logo from the current mascot to...
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Feminists We Love: Stephanie Gilmore

April 26, 2013
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By Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Darnell L. Moore Stephanie Gilmore is an antiracist queer feminist scholar-activist who engages activism through education and writing. She facilitates workshops on contemporary and historical feminist activism, sexual violence, and coalition building. She is the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles as well as two books (Feminist Coalitions: Historical Perspectives on Second-Wave Feminism in the United States, 2008; Groundswell: Grassroots Feminist Activism in...
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I’m Complicated, Just like Feminisms: A Black and White Feminist Working It Out (Part I)

April 26, 2013
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Heidi

Dr. Connie Ruzich and I first met soon after I walked onto the Robert Morris University campus in 1999.  I thought I’d become a Finance & Economics major.  Then, I thought I’d become an Accounting major.  Then, I thought I’d become a Mathematics major.  Then, I thought…you get the point.  I changed my major seven times as an undergraduate.  As a result, while most of my peers were taking...
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Un-Raced in Transit : Colorblindness and the Stakes of Speaking Up

April 26, 2013
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By Marlaina H. Martin For every one of the countless times that I have thought about race, I can name a handful in which I felt it. And while I could easily sit here and spout stories about the outright racist banter that has come my way, or passing comments that have made me stop and think twice, I will speak instead of a time that I experienced “post”-race,...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Beyond Duty

April 26, 2013
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By Paul Seltzer On August 23, 2012, the George Washington University’s independent student newspaper, The GW Hatchet, reported that rising senior Tori Guy was transferring.  Her father had lost his job, and Guy, relying on financial aid for 60% of her tuition, could not pay.  According to the Hatchet article, Guy requested emergency funds from the University, but was denied.  Guy decided to leave GW and enroll in Cleveland...
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Film: "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights" by Nevline Nnaji

April 26, 2013
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Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights is a feature-length documentary that focuses on black women’s marginalization between the Black Power and Feminist movements, as well as the resulting political mobilization of women of color. A large segment of this film focuses on former black women activists’ experiences with racism in the Feminist movement, particularly their struggles dealing with lack of empathy and understanding with white feminists on issues...
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Visual Art: "usda nba filet mignon" by Theresa Anderson

April 26, 2013
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By Theresa Anderson   Theresa Anderson is a Denver-based interdisciplinary artist and a writer whose art blog was selected as a top five finalist by the Westword 2012 Denver Web Awards. Exhibiting nationally and represented in numerous private collections, Anderson’s interdisciplinary artwork has been featured and included in publications such as Studio Visit, Style Carrot, The Denver Art Museum blog, The Collective, Aurora Magazine, Irving Sandler Artist File, Calyx Journal, Saatchi Online...
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Tilting At Windmills

April 26, 2013
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By Rebecca Miriam The thing is: you can let it go. You can shut down your browser, or throw away that newspaper, or turn off your radio and TV, or walk past that poster, or end the conversation – and forget all about it. You can publish a statement about why everyone else is wrong, and countless media outlets will print it word for word, because they do not see...
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Andrea Plaid Joins 70K Others in Telling The New York Times to Drop The I-Word

April 25, 2013
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Some of Us Believe: A Racial Narrative on Catholic Feminist Hybridity

April 25, 2013
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By Lisa Factora-Borchers I’m aware that religion, faith, and spirituality are not physical attributes.  But for some of us who were inculcated in Filipino Catholicism, there’s very little separation between what runs through your veins and what runs through your soul.  There was never a time when I wasn’t a cisgender girl or woman.  There was never a time when I wasn’t Filipino.  And there was never a time,...
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