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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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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