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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TFW’s Heidi R. Lewis & Aishah Shahidah Simmons to Visit Berlin

May 26, 2015
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Heidi & the 2014 FemGeniuses in Berlin with Cassandra Ellerbe-Dück at the Clara-Zetkin Museum in Birkenwerder (Germany)

Heidi R. Lewis, TFW Associate Editor and Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College, will teach her course entitled Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin in Germany from May 31-June 21 this summer. Heidi will be joined by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, TFW Associate Editor and Sterling Brown Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College (Spring 2016), along with 13 students from Colorado College...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: A History of Lipstick

May 26, 2015
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By Zoe Handler   I fall in love for the first time. My partner sighs when my kisses leave faint red lipstick marks on their forehead and their white shirts. Each time I’m apologetic but I like the idea that someone will have to wash away evidence of me and it still might not fade out clean, like scraped knees that leave behind faint scars. In 1700s England cosmetics...
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#BlackChurchSex: Taking the Harness Off the Mouths of the Oppressed

May 21, 2015
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By Ahmad Greene-Hayes “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” –Revelations 12:11 “Are you sure you want to be well? … holeness is no trifling matter… A lot of weight when you’re well.” -Toni Cade Bambara, The Salt Eaters On May 14, 2015, I started the hashtag #BlackChurchSex on Twitter and within hours it started trending across the interwebs. I was compelled,...
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Campus Rape Survivors Need Policy Change, Not Trigger Warnings

May 21, 2015
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By Maggie Hardy I write as a rape survivor, and like any victim, I can assure you that triggers are out there. If higher education should be a preparation for life, then it is worth noting that life doesn’t come with a trigger warning. Rape is common. Triggers are real. We should have an open dialog about rape, and what it means to survive rape. We should not teach victims...
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Beyond Saying Her Name

May 20, 2015
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#SayHerName: Toward a Gender Inclusive Analysis of State Violence report’s release is timed to support mobilization for a National Day of Action on Black Women and Girls called by Black Youth Project 100, Ferguson Action, and #BlackLivesMatter on May 21st. It is intended to serve as a resource for the media, organizers, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to better understand and address Black women’s experiences of profiling and...
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Poetry by Fabienne Josaphat and Laila Malik

May 20, 2015
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  POLITICAL SILENCE For Michael Brown   You tell me to keep quiet as we walk past the block where black boys are seated with their hands cuffed behind them, staring hard into the concrete for answers.   You want me to obey because obedience keeps us safe and out of trouble. You say, “why rock the boat?” You say, comply and everything will be fine.   But what...
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Black Women’s Lives Don’t Matter in Academia Either, or Why I Quit Academic Spaces that Don’t Value Black Women’s Life and Labor

May 18, 2015
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On May 14, 2015 I resigned from my job as a part-time Visiting Assistant Professor at a university. For three years I believed in its quest for student success; faculty/staff excellence and inclusion through professional development and retention; research and innovation; community impact; and accountability. According to my CV, it was a perfect fit. Only it wasn’t. Something was missing. Something that tied my particular experience to a much...
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Towards An Abolitionist Feminism

May 15, 2015
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By Zillah Eisenstein As an anti-racist white feminist, I wonder if it is enough to be an “ally” in this present and “newest” moment of racist/militarist/carceral violence. Or, is there something more to do? I am thinking hard about this “newness,” which is also very old. White anti-racist feminists can take the lead from our Black and Brown sisters and embrace an abolitionist stance towards chattel slavery and its...
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2 poems by Jaimie Gusman

May 15, 2015
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Swoon   When I pass out I have visions of my soul. My soul is a large blue flicker with white glow.   I pass out two or three times a year. The first time I held my breath before jumping   in the pool – I was ten or eleven years old. When I jumped I had already began to lose   consciousness and the dream began where...
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Feminists We Love: Tamara Winfrey Harris

May 15, 2015
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Feminists We Love: Tamara Winfrey Harris

 Tamara Winfrey Harris is a writer who specializes in the intersection of race and gender with current events, politics and pop culture. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Sun-Times, In These Times, Ms. and Bitch magazines and online at Fusion, The American Prospect, Salon, The Guardian, Newsweek/Daily Beast, Jane Pratt’s XO Jane, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Change.org and Clutch magazine. She has been called to address women’s...
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