Personal is Political: Sexual Identity and “Nigerian Culture”

February 13, 2014
By
AfroOdyssey IV: 100 Years Later, Confession Booth. Performers Lindsey Bauer and Olushola A. Cole

By Adejoke Tugbiyele I was born in Brooklyn, New York to Nigerian parents.  Like most children of immigrants, it became clear to me that survival depended on how well I could code-switch between American and Nigerian culture.  At home, I was discouraged from talking back or speaking up.  At school, lack of participation could negatively affect my grade. As a young woman, cultural lines became even more defined. I...
Read more »

Excerpts from “Let Her: Words, Matter” by Ames Hawkins

February 12, 2014
By
Excerpts from “Let Her: Words, Matter” by Ames Hawkins

I. Julie punched the buttons on the radio, hard double-clicks, propelling the station marker back and forth between the rock and roll of WLLZ and WRIF, between “Detroit’s Wheels” and the “Home of Rock and Roll, Baby.”  I watched as she and Catherine, who sat shotgun, talked about boys—well, men really—the men each of them had been with on the choir trip that past summer, the one I had...
Read more »

Personal is Political: Open Letter to Dylan Farrow

February 11, 2014
By
Dylan Farrow

TRIGGER WARNING: This letter includes descriptions of sexual abuse. Dear Dylan, My father worships Woody Allen. Until I read your letter yesterday, I never understood exactly why. You see, when Allen assaulted you in 1992, my own father had just barely escaped criminal charges for molesting me. A child psychologist decided that the evidence of abuse was conclusive, but my father intimidated her with death threats and claimed that...
Read more »

TFW at Black Women’s Blueprint’s Fourth Annual Mother Tongue Monologues

February 10, 2014
By
Darnell L. Moore, First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray, and Aishah Shahidah Simmons at Mother Tongue Monologues 2014

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, Black Women’s Blueprint hosted their Fourth Annual Mother Tongue Monologues for Truth Bearing Women, for Emerging Sons, and Other Keepers of the Flame in the Iris and B. Cantor Auditorium at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. This year’s honorees were Barbara Smith – veteran Black feminist, Activist, Independent Scholar, Publisher of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press (the first women of color owned...
Read more »

Op Ed: It’s Time to Answer the Call for Mobile Education

February 10, 2014
By
Image credit: http://www.appwrap.org/mobile-phones-fight-womens-illiteracy-in-afghanistan/

By Laura Odenthal As ringtones interrupt class and texting diverts attention, it is no wonder that many teachers view cell phones as a classroom distraction. But when looked at in a different way, cell phones can provide transformational learning in places when formal classroom settings may not be available. For students in the developing world, education may no longer be tethered to a physical classroom. In places like Afghanistan,...
Read more »

TFW’s Co-Founder Tamura A. Lomax, to Speak at Barnard College

February 8, 2014
By
Transnational Feminist Practices

TFW Co-Founder and Managing Editor Tamura Lomax will be speaking at the Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices conference hosted by the Barnard College Center for Research on Women on Saturday, February 22. Tamura and will be discussing “Digital Engagement in Transnational Feminisms” with Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh (ZananTV) and Catherine Sameh (moderator) in order to examine “how online engagement impacts their work and strategies for developing their scholarship outside of academic walls.” This discussion will...
Read more »

Feminists We Love: Farah Tanis

February 7, 2014
By
Farah Tanis

Farah Tanis is a transnational feminist and human rights activist. She is co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Feminist Organization Black Women’s Blueprint. She launched and Chairs the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. ever to focus on Black women and their historical and contemporary experiences with sexual assault.
Read more »

TFW on The Cultural Impact of Kanye West

February 7, 2014
By
The Cultural Impact of Kanye West

This March, Palgrave MacMillan will publish The Cultural Impact of Kanye West (edited by Julius Bailey), which features “An Examination of the Kanye West Higher Education Trilogy” by Heidi R. Lewis, TFW Associate Editor and Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College, and “You got Kanyed: Seen But Not Heard” by David J. Leonard, TFW Associate Editor and Associate Professor of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University....
Read more »

COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Help Wanted: Sexual Harassment and the Restaurant Industry

February 7, 2014
By
Jen

By Jennifer McGreevey   On my second day of waitressing at Athen’s Kitchen*, it rained. “It sucks cock,” said my boss, Baldios*, barely understandable due to his heavy Greek accent. “Days like this, they suck cock.” Statements like these were not uncommon from the manager of the popular Forest Hills, N.Y. eatery, where the objectification of women quietly goes unnoticed by its customers. For many women, sexual harassment in...
Read more »

Personal is Political: Nationhood is Both Inside of Me and Outside of Me

February 6, 2014
By
Indigenous Nationhood Movement

By Lynn Gehl, Gii-Zhigaate-Mnidoo-Kwe As an Indigenous woman, I am really grateful for the opportunity to talk about what nationhood means to me.  As an Algonquin Anisinaabe-kwe, the Idle No More effort and the Indigenous Nationhood Movement provide me with a renewed sense of hope.  They are as complementary as their common acronyms imply. Some people very cleverly talk about nationhood through the motivational slogan of “reclaim, rename, and...
Read more »

Black Female Too-Muchness: Between Hypersexual Norms and Respectable Exceptions

February 6, 2014
By
Lupita-Nyongo5

By Janell Hobson Ten years ago, pop star Janet Jackson received the brunt of public outrage – which culminated in FCC fines – when Justin Timberlake boldly ripped off part of the bodice from her costume, thus exposing her breast before the world during a performance at the Super Bowl’s halftime show.  I had written about the incident in Venus in the Dark, in which I had noted: “That...
Read more »

Follow The Feminist Wire

Subscribe to TFW via Email