The Future: Resistance Beyond Apathy

April 16, 2014
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The lamenting of “today’s youth” and their so-called apathy, ignorance and self-indulgence is nothing new.  Each successive generation is often dismissed by “adults” who publicly shame the “future” for their supposed ineptitude and perpetual failure to uphold the “values” of past generations.  However, nostalgia is a dangerous drug.  Beyond the simplicity, historic amnesia and the poetics of nostalgia, the criticism from adults usually focuses on the selfishness, stupidity, warped...
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I Knew what Rape was Before I Knew what Sex was

April 16, 2014
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By Shivani Davé I knew what rape was before I knew what sex was. It wasn’t violent stranger rape that my mother told me about. That I knew by watching the news, by being afraid to walk down the street, it became instinct. It was the friend-that-you-invite-over-after-dinner, the guy-that-lives-down-the-hall-from-your-dorm-room, the date-that-doesn’t-take-no-for-an-answer-while-your-roommate-is-sleeping-in-the next-room, kind of rape that my mother told me about when I was eight. She would come home...
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2 poems by Margaree Little

April 16, 2014
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BLACKBERRY GARDEN As though by going back to it now it would become clear—or more than that, say what you mean, come right, a resolution of the leaves piling up in the yard, then turning to mulch, behind the house the blackberry bushes taking over the length of the garden.  In the summer the bushes thick with berries: she’d go out with a plastic tub to fill, my mother,...
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Personal is Political: White Beauty: At Home and Abroad

April 15, 2014
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Amalia Clarice Mora explores white standards of beauty for #personalIsPoliticalOnTFW, "It’s not just whiteness, but lightness, that grants privilege. Though I have experienced racism and discrimination on many occasions, I have also benefitted from white/light privilege because of my ambiguous-looking ethnicity. My dad is Mexican-American of mostly Amerindian descent, and my mom is of European and partially Native American descent. But most Americans assume I am Arab or...
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Beyond the Politics of Voting

April 15, 2014
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By Alexandra Moffett-Bateau   As a political scientist, during any given election year, I’m bombarded with questions about my assessment of the current electoral slate. The look of disappointment is always palatable when I tell folks that, that isn’t what I do. After all, what good is a black political scientist that doesn’t study black public opinion? As a scholar, one of the things I’ve struggled with is pushing...
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Critique and Beyond: The Draft as the Movement (A Postscript and a Prelude)

April 15, 2014
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By Susannah Bartlow The voice came from a small, weighted core in my chest—“hello?”  As my eyelids dragged open I felt the wires—on my legs, my hips, my cheeks, my scalp.  My usual early-morning deep fog was weighted more heavily by the unfamiliarity of my surroundings—a pseudo-hotel room staged for an overnight sleep study.  I called three more times, each time escalating the intense vulnerability:  plugged in, unable to...
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Beyond the Beyond: Closing and Opening

April 14, 2014
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By Susannah Bartlow, Stephanie Gilmore, and Duchess Harris Acting on instinct and on experience in our own lives, responding in community, we read and invited contributions that we felt moved us closer to a space beyond critique. We have been reminded that critique is important, but we also have been reminded that many of us are experiencing “critique fatigue.” That fatigue has left many to engage sites of activism...
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Dear Sister: The connections between sexual violence and feminism’s toxicity

April 14, 2014
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By Mandy Van Deven & Lisa Factora-Borchers If you want to know the future of online feminism, you have to know its past. Since no one has produced a comprehensive history yet—publishers, call me!—the void has been filled with false starts and near misses, most of which do little more than fan the flames of an already well-fueled inferno. Claims about online feminism’s toxicity often conflate the medium with...
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Emily Lordi: Moving us beyond critique one artist at a time

April 11, 2014
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I am really not sure when I first read the work of Dr. Emily Lordi. It could have been her piece on Janelle Monae; maybe it was her piece on Bilal. These works, and her most recent pieces on Beyoncé and the genealogy of black feminist writers, not to mention her recently published book -Black Resonance and countless works, are a testament to her talents as a scholar, writer,...
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Not My Vagina

April 11, 2014
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By Meera Seshadri   “And then there’s the African American moan.” Something prickled under my skin as I sat there in the dark, watching the young White female performer reposition herself on all fours and slap the stage yelling “oh S*** oh S***.” She was unbelievably brave – captivating even – in her portrayal of the woman who loves to make vaginas happy in the Eve Ensler play “The...
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Every 28 Hours: An Ode to Renisha McBride (A Sermon)

April 11, 2014
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By Nyle Fort The following is a sermon delivered on January 19, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (Somerset, NJ). The preaching text is Luke 7:36-50. Stephon Watts, 15. Remarley Graham, 18. Bo Morrison, 20. Rekia Boyd, 22. Dante Price, 25. Trayvon Martin, 17. Wendell Allen, 20. Darius Simmons, 13. Deshone Travis, 20. Shantel Davis, 23. Jonathan Ferrell, 24. Renisha McBride. On November 2nd, 2013 19-year-old...
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