Transgender Medicine: Medicare Access to What?

June 4, 2015
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By Eric Plemons After a debilitating injury at work left Shane Smith permanently disabled, he joined the ranks of more than 50 million Americans who receive health insurance through Medicare. Smith used the federal program to manage his injury-related care but, as a transgender man, he also wanted to use Medicare benefits to cover the cost of chest reconstruction surgery that was an important part of his transition from...
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A Review of Mecca Jamilah Sullivan’s Blue Talk and Love by Sarah Mantilla Griffin

June 3, 2015
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Review: Blue Talk and Love by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan  “A Block Party in Blue Mood” by Sarah Mantilla Griffin   We have been waiting for a collection like this. In fourteen short stories, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan’s Blue Talk and Love transports readers from Harlem to Ethiopia and from the 19th century to the contemporary period; it includes the voices of an eight-year-old girl, of conjoined twin circus performers, and...
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2 poems by Sanchari Sur

June 3, 2015
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Badaun Sisters 27 May, 2014, Katra Village, Badaun District, Uttar Pradesh, India   Strange fruits found on dusty back roads in forgotten Indian villages.     We, Dalit:        Untouchable by day violated           by right.     But boys will be boys (read: upper caste Hindu men will be, will always be).   We will be: Picked Pickled Jarred     Can the subaltern speak? and answers itself:...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Everyday Athlete

June 2, 2015
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By Mariah Conn   Start workout. My shoe feels loose. Glance behind. This hill is too steep. Nailed it. Oh, the tunnel. Better take out one earbud. I’m glad there’s shade. Mile one. This song is too loud. Is there anyone behind me? God, this sun is brutal. I should’ve worn sunscreen. Mile Two. Seven minutes forty five seconds. My time is getting better. I would be too tired...
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Disciplining Black Queer Motherhood

June 1, 2015
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By Shannon Nasah-Miller No, I am not over it. I hoped to have some of the events of Memorial Day weekend washed away. My wife and I love to thrift. Sunday, May 24, we visited Goodwill, made a drop-off donation, and entered the store to shop. It was there that the spark in our daughter’s eyes lit up after eying the stuffed lion just her size. She’s fifteen months...
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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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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Forum Submissions on Campus Violence, Resistance, and Strategies for Survival DUE 6/1/15

June 1, 2015
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PLEASE SEND IN YOUR SUBMISSIONS!! TODAY: JUNE 1, 2015 Thank you to everyone who has submitted to the College Feminisms Forum!  Please continue to share and submit!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~     “COLLECTIVE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS”:  CAMPUS VIOLENCE, RESISTANCE, AND STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL Editors: Martina “Mick” Powell (guest editor) and Heather M. Turcotte ~~~ In 2014, over fifty US college and university collectives filed formal Title IX complaints against their institutions for...
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Medicare’s New Coverage for “Transsexual Surgery” Relies on Dated Notions of Gender

May 28, 2015
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By Eric Plemons In 1981, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) created a Medicare National Coverage Determination (NCD) that declared, “the surgical procedures and attendant therapies for transsexualism” to be unsafe, experimental and controversial, and therefor not eligible for Medicare coverage. In May 2014, the DHHS reversed that policy, declaring that, “transsexual surgery is an effective, safe and medically necessary treatment for transsexualism.” This was a remarkable...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: A Deeper Look: Exploring the Violent Homophobia of Jamaica

May 28, 2015
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By Felicia Garcia One afternoon, I was driving to work and I had the reggae station playing on Pandora. Buju Banton’s “Boom Bye-Bye” came on. At first, I wasn’t really paying much attention to what the lyrics were saying. Growing up in a Jamaican family, this kind of music was commonly played in the household. When I was a kid, I didn’t have much connection to reggae because I...
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2 poems by Rebekah Bergman

May 27, 2015
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  To Make a Woman into a Monster     First you must strip her of a nonessential body part. You could replace this with something symbolic and sinister or else leave her bare, bald, and alone.   Next you must give her a power nobody would ever want to wield over anyone. You should make it passive; she doesn’t do it to others, they do it to themselves...
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Cisgender FemmeNist reflections on Trans* Justice: Moving from Adoration to Action

May 26, 2015
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By Kari Lerum   In my Sophomore year of college a straight-identified masculine-presenting cisgender heterosexual guy-friend surprised me by saying: “I want to be you for Halloween. Can I borrow some of your clothes?”   At first I thought he was joking. But since we were virtually identical in build and height (6’2), the request was at least physically feasible. I invited him to my dorm room to discuss....
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