The Rape of Harriet Tubman

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This year marked the 100th anniversary of the passing of Harriet Tubman. I had the opportunity to celebrate that fact when organizing a special symposium back in March, resulting in some thought-provoking critical papers on her legacy of resistance, which I’m currently guest-editing for Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. One of the more interesting conversations that […]

Social Media Minds the Intersectional Gap

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If you spent any time on Twitter the past couple of days, you probably noticed two popular hashtags in trending topics: #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen created by Mikki Kendall and #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen created by Jamilah Lemieux. The first addressed the racism black women face from some white feminists and the other spoke of the sexism they deal with from […]

Katarina Witt: Diplomatic On And Off The Ice

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As part of their Nine for IX series, ESPN aired the new documentary The Diplomat last week, featuring figure-skating icon Katarina Witt. The film traces the career and legacy of the back-to-back Olympic Gold medal-winner from East Germany, placing her achievements on the ice in the context of Cold War politics. At a time when sports […]

Comic-Con’s Carnival Atmosphere Sadly Punctuated by “Slutty Victim” Feel

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I enjoy going to Comic-Con. The creative costumes and the variety of people in them, old and young, fat and thin, gender normative and gender queer, as well as the diversity of non-costumed attendees gleefully taking pictures with those in costumes make the event feel like a huge, four-day Halloween. I also enjoy the coverage […]

We Stand By Caroline Criado-Perez

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Last week, the Bank of England announced that Jane Austen would be the new face of the £10 note. This caused jubilation for many who saw it as a victory for women. It also caused a very sinister reaction, as hordes of misogynistic trolls crawled out of their dark caves and logged onto their Twitter […]

Comic-Con 2013: The Women’s Geekiverse

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It was something of a pilgrimage. An adventure, if you will.  Okay, it’s not exactly the Shire to the Lonely Mountain, but still, it was epic to venture from L.A. to San Diego for Comic-Con. I grew up in a time and place where it was all well and good for me to be obsessed […]

“Orange Is The New Black”: Taking Privilege to Task

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Netflix’s brilliant new original series, Orange is the New Black, stars Taylor Schilling as TV’s most unlikely convicted felon. Piper Chapman is a white, upper-middle class, Smith-educated fish-out-of-water in the suffocating air of a low-security women’s prison. During an excruciating visit with her daughter, Piper’s mother tells her, Sweetheart, you’re nothing like any of these women. […]

Turning Famous Women Writers Who Committed Suicide into a “Lookbook”

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VICE Magazine ignited a firestorm a few weeks ago for their controversial photo editorial featuring to the ladies of the literati in their Women in Fiction issue. In addition to stories by Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Gaitskill and an interview with Marilynne Robinson, there is also a spread by photographer Annabel Mehran celebrating the literary […]

Sen. Wendy Davis’s Fierce, Fictional Counterpart: Tami Taylor

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Following Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis’s epic filibuster of the state’s proposed abortion bill, and in the heat of Gov. Rick Perry’s ongoing push to pass the legislation, Planned Parenthood has done something wonderful: It partnered with Connie Britton, the woman behind TV goddess Tami Taylor. The result is a joint campaign to support reproductive […]