Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday Reading

The romanticism of history, and the (Afro)future of Brazil’s quilombos
by Greg Scruggs
Brazil imported more African slaves than any other country in the Western Hemisphere. With over four million enslaved brought to its shores, the former Portuguese colony accounts for over 40% of all slaves brought to the Americas. It was also the last country to abolish slavery when it finally did so in 1888. With a long coastline, undeveloped interior, and Portuguese tradition of clustering in small trading ports, Brazil also became prime territory for slaves to run away from captivity. Maroon communities established themselves throughout Brazil, just like in Colombia, the Guyanas, and the Caribbean.
Read More at Africa Is A Country

Please, Stop Assuming I Am A Graduate Student!
Dr. Angie L. Miller
I would like to be able to attend just ONE conference and not be mistaken for a graduate student. I completed my Ph.D. 6 years ago. At first when people did this, I wasn’t all that bothered by it. I realize that I do look young. I went right from undergrad to my master’s program, and then right into my doctoral program. I took more than full course loads every semester, and was able to finish before I turned 27. Coupled with the blessing (and curse?) of having no grey hair and also skin that break outs like a teenager’s, many people assume that I am much younger than 32. Although this is not just limited to professional situations (given the countless times I have been carded in bars and restaurants), it is usually where it is the most disconcerting. I’ve been addressed in meetings as a “girl” and been questioned about my dissertation progress during interactions with grant funders.
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Undue Force
by Mark Puente
The city has paid about $5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits claiming that police officers brazenly beat up alleged suspects. One hidden cost: The perception that officers are violent can poison the relationship between residents and police.
Read More at The Baltimore Sun

‘Shallow Hal': The Unexpected Virtue of Mockery
by Brigit McCone
We are bad at multitasking empathy. When moved by Colin Firth’s Oscar-winning struggle with his stammer in The King’s Speech, you don’t want to recall cackling at Michael Palin in A Fish Called Wanda. As you congratulate yourself for noticing the rather obvious sexiness of Emmy-winning Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones, you’d prefer to forget laughing at Verne Troyer in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. It’s more comfortable having your heart warmed by the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind, if you ignore that your ribs were tickled by Me, Myself and Irene. It’s easier to feel good about sympathizing with Jared Leto’s Oscar-winning trans heroine in Dallas Buyers Club, if you blank the comedy stripping of Sean Young’s trans villain in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The result is that neither gross-out comedy nor award-winning pathos seriously challenges its audience’s comfort; the comedy, because we’re never asked to sympathize, and the Oscar-bait, because we’re never tempted to mock. In 2001’s Shallow Hal, the Farrelly Brothers took Oscar-winning Gwyneth Paltrow, dressed her in a comical fat suit and demanded sympathy. The result was downright uncomfortable, and I loved it.
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Comparing “Real Food” And “Real Women” Rhetoric
by Dr. Jeana Jorgensen
It’s important to keep sight of these points in order to have a realistically grounded discussion of food choices as well as gender choices. We have no way of knowing the constraints under which anyone else operates; the person buying and consuming unhealthy foods may need more calories than others because of an eating disorder, another health issue, or lack of access to other resources. Similarly, the woman performing idealized femininity may be operating in conditions that make that choice the healthiest one for her, even if it appears anti-feminist on the surface.
Read More at Sex Ed With Dr. Jeana


Antarctica from Kalle Ljung on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday Reading

How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start
by Eric Herschthal
The closing of the African slave trade in 1807 posed a major challenge to slavery’s expansion. Yet it wasn’t a challenge that creative entrepreneurs could not overcome. Schermerhorn shows how one slave trader, Austin Woolfolk, turned this setback into an opportunity, becoming extraordinarily rich in the process. Based in Baltimore, Woolfolk saw that slaveholders in Maryland and bordering states were desperate to get rid of excess slaves. He also knew that would-be planters in the lower South—Louisiana, especially—were hungry for them. But sellers and buyers had no way of communicating with each other; there was no Craigslist.
Read More at The Daily Beast

Remnants of the British Black Panther's Lost Legacy
Photos by Bruno Bayley
After the Black Panther Party filled the vacuum left by the death of prominent human rights activists like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, the movement's successes inspired others to create their own chapter. In the UK, The British Black Panthers, rather than being politically driven like its US counterpart, aimed for social change within its communities. But due to its brief four-year tenure as London’s resident countercultural grassroots movement, the movement was largely undocumented.
Read More at Vice

Live Below the Line
by Miss South
I really don’t like the campaign and thus won’t be taking part, this year or anything other year. I’ve spent the last 15 years working toward not having to count every penny I spend on food and I find it upsetting to be asked to go back to it even for a day or two. I think at best, the campaign is feelgood charity and at worst, it’s poverty tourism. I think you’d be better to be more engaged with the issues for another 360 days of the year and donate the cost of a coffee or muffin every day or every other day than do the 5 day challenge. That’s not say that individuals don’t do fantastic things with it, but that I dislike the tone of the campaign itself.
Read More at North South Food

Will the new African Centres for Disease Control really be an African CDC?
by Anna K. Mwaba
In 2013, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were hit with the worst global public health crisis in their respective histories. The Ebola epidemic was a national and regional crisis. The international community rallied, despite numerous issues, to raise funds and send technical support to tackle this monumental challenge. The African Union sought a lead role in the assistance process, which led to the 1st Meeting of African Ministers of Health in Luanda, Angola in April 2014, where it was agreed that they would establish an African Center for Disease Control. On April 13, 2015, this commitment became a reality with a landmark agreement signed by the African Union and the U.S. Department of State. With this Memorandum of Cooperation, the United States committed to supporting the AU in the creation of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Africa and “provide expert technical help to support a surveillance and response unit and an emergency operations center as well as provide fellowships for African epidemiologists who will provide their services to the new center in Addis Ababa”.
Read More at Africa is a Country

The Female Streamer’s Dilemma
by Sarah Nixon
The very first time I tried my hand at streaming I was hit on. I had just returned from GameStop with my just-purchased gaming headset – I had never really seen the need for one before as I rarely game online – and was a bit giddy to get started and start building up my cred on Twitch. The session began as expected of a first time streamer: I would gain a viewer or two but then one would disappear and I would feel compelled to apologize vehemently for broadcasting what was essentially me grinding to achieve the game’s Platinum trophy rather than any sort of real or exciting gameplay. The stream was fairly quiet for a bit and I tried to fill the dead air with chatter about what I thought of the game until a user came in and began chatting with me. The conversations began casually enough, but it wasn’t long before it became clear that he was interested in more than just conversation related to the game. He was not-so-subtly flirting, or at least flirting as best one can do via an Internet chat. He complimented my voice, he laid on the excessive flattery, and did it all in that persistent yet oblivious way that seems to always happen with one-sided flirting. At one point my fiancee, who was watching the stream, laughed at how hard the guy was trying.
Read More at Not Your Mama's Gamer

Jonathan Mendoza - "Eggs" (CUPSI 2015)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday Reading

Seventy-year-old journalist and TV presenter Anne Robinson has never watched porn before. Young feminist Grace Campbell, 20, grew up online, where hardcore porn is instantly available. Is that why Grace and her peers are dealing with unrealistic sexual expectations? She asked Robinson to have a look at what's out there to see if her problems are unique to the internet age

by Dr. Lawrence Brown
In an article entitled “The Early Spread and Epidemic Ignition of HIV-1 in Human Populations,” in the magazine Science in October 2014, Nuno Faria and his fellow researchers revealed the location of ground zero for one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases—HIV. They discovered that HIV-1 originated in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and explain that the deadly virus spread throughout the Congo via the railroad network. HIV-1 was subsequently transmitted by Haitian professionals back to Haiti and then to the United States (1).

by Keir Clarke
Sleepless in Tucson has created a number of interactive maps exploring foreign national deaths along the Southern Arizona border with Mexico. The Southern Arizona Border post includes the above map showing the identifiable locations of migrant deaths crossing the border between 2001-2015.

by Arturo Garcia
Enough time has probably passed that most of us can now consider Marvel’s new Daredevil adaptation in full — both the good and the bad. And make no mistake, the good has been very good at times.

by Bianca Franqueira Hanks
We are 50% of the population and we constitute less than 25% of our elected representatives. 
Half the people, not even one quarter of our representatives.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Reading

How Feminism Changed My Duck-Feeding Habits
by Dana Hunter
Here’s an interesting thing about becoming a full-bore feminist: it’s changed my duck feeding habits. Seriously. Female birds tend to be pretty plain, and they’re not usually aggressive show-offs like the males. Before I started getting seriously into feminism, I just kind of ignored them. The boys were prettier. The girls were boring.
Read More at En Tequila Es Verdad

23 Creepy Unsolved Crimes That Will Keep You Up At Night
The world is full of mysteries. But as we push further into our technological age, that shroud is quickly growing thinner. Still, though, there are a few mysteries left -- and that is what's truly creepy. 
We asked our readers to comb the Internet for some frightening mysteries that, despite our best attempts, remain unsolved to this day.
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Becoming Unsympathetic
by Sara Ahmed
What does it mean to call upon another’s sympathy? What are we doing when we are being sympathetic? 
Think of sympathy and we tend to think of a situation. Whether or not sympathy is called for might depend upon that situation. We might want someone to be sympathetic to our situation.
Read  More at Feminist Killjoys

I was the poster child for the promiscuous teen and tween girl. When I was a freshman and sophomore in high school I’d go to bars to drink, play pool, and find guys. Bars didn’t card so heavy back then, you know, when life was better and we were treated like human beings.
Read More at Anything But a Wasted Life

The Genocide of Genealogies: For Those Who Refuse To Be Silenced
by Jenn
Many children grow up hearing fantastical tales and listening to nursery rhymes. A magical forest here and furry talking creatures there. I grew up listening to the nightmares of chaos and terror as tragedy consumed Cambodia.
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"Young Like Us" - Pilot Episode

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday Reading

The folly of barring pregnant girls from school in Sierra Leone
by Chernor Bah
Pregnant girls are now barred from school in my country Sierra Leone. The government has decided that as schools reopen this week for the first time since the vicious Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 10, 000 lives – and plunged our country into fear, lock downs, economic and emotional pain – pregnant girls should simply stay away. According to Dr. Minkailu Bah, the Minister of Education, Sierra Leone is “not going to legalize teenage pregnancy.”
Read More at Africa Is A Country

Do You Live Near a Hazardous Waste Site?
by Keir Clarke
Enter your location into How Close Are You to a Superfund Site? and you can view the closest hazard waste sites to your home. The sites marked on the map are color-coded to show whether the cleanup is still in progress, completed or if the location is a proposed clean-up site.
Read More at Google Maps Mania

The cost of free childcare
by Shiha Kaur
The Conservatives launched their manifesto yesterday. One policy stood out. If they win the election, the party pledges to give parents 30 hours of free childcare. It seems like a great woman friendly policy enabling them to work and have affordable childcare. However, as I have worked at a nursery and understand how the funding scheme works, I disagree.
Read More at The F Word

Mother of Simcox’s Alleged Victim Recounts Nightmare Scenario in the Court System
by David Neiwert
Ever since that night in May 2013 when her daughter told her that her friend’s daddy – the seemingly ordinary guy who hung out with the kids in the neighborhood, but who turned out to be former “Minutemen” leader Chris Simcox – had molested her the previous February, Michelle Lynch’s world has been an endless limbo of uncertainty while wrestling with her daughter’s pain.
Read More at Orcinus

Imperialism's Policy of Mass Murder and the Black Panther Party's Analysis of Survival
by Danny Haiphong
When the Black Panther Party formed in 1966, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and the rest of the party leadership concerned themselves most with how the party's political work would relate to poor Black Americans. The Party responded with the formation of police patrols, the active promotion of armed self-defense from police and vigilante murder, and the creation of survival programs in the arenas of health, education, and nutrition. Behind these efforts was the consciousness that the historical enslavement, genocide, and exploitation of Black people in the US remained the foundation of imperialism. The Black Panther's created the slogan "survival pending revolution" out of the objective assessment that the struggle against imperialism for Black Americans begins with the fight for life from the terror of white supremacy.
Read More at Black Agenda Report

Roya Marsh - "Forgiveness" (WoWPS 2015)

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday Reading

Big Mother Is Watching You: Hillary Clinton
by Robin D
While U.S. Secretary of State (2009-2013), Hillary Clinton was responsible for the continuation, from the Bush Administration, of trafficking-related foreign policy harmful to sex workers in the Global South. Under her tenure, the U.S. Department of State continued enforcing the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath, a policy that led to the defunding of a number of very effective anti-HIV/AIDS organizations operating in the Global South who were were unwilling to condemn the sex workers receiving their services. The U.S. government defended that policy to the U.S. Supreme Court, who ruled 6-2 against them in 2013 on free speech grounds (Justice Elena Kagan recused). Unfortunately, that ruling only applies to organizations based in the United States, though it was recently reinterpreted to also apply to organizations based in the U.S. but working in affiliates or offices abroad.
Read More at Tits And Sass

Maboneng on fire
by Sindi Leigh McBride
I was retweeting things like “It was only a matter of time #Maboneng” after someone was shot in the head during the eviction protests in Jeppe; that afternoon on my way home from work I was ducking and diving to dodge a burning Bridgestone in the middle of Marshall Street in Johannesburg. Then the following day, news came of David Adjaye’s plans to ‘revitalize’ Hallmark House, the latest Maboneng precinct project.
Read More at Africa Is A Country

Black revolutionaries and F.B.I.: Reflections on the trial of the New York 8
Over 500 F.B.I. agents spread throughout New York on the night of October 17, 1984 to arrest eight Black revolutionaries, whom the newspapers would call "urban terrorists" the next day. With guns pointed to the heads of children, bazooka rocket launchers cocked on homes and searchlights locking down the streets, the police culminated a two-year monitoring plan that included wire taps, video and physical surveillance. The NY 8 won victory in a month-and-a-half battle for bail as the first people held under the new federal Preventive Detention Law (No Bail Act) which fundamentally turned around the presumption of innocence in making them prove their right to bail. They faced over 72 conspiracy charges for isolated, petty crimes that could not be legally considered on their own. So, they were linked together as predicate acts of a criminal enterprise, which laid the basis for the government to apply RICO, the Racketeering Influence Organization Act used against organized crime. In essence, the NY 8 were charged with conspiring to commit conspiracies.
Read More at The Final Call

‘Peace Pilgrim': A Tribute to an American Heroine of Non-Violence
by Rachael Johnson
The documentary Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk (2002) celebrates Mildred Norman (1908-1981), a remarkable woman who walked for peace for nearly 30 years. Calling herself Peace Pilgrim, New Jersey-born Norman travelled the United States from 1953 to 1981. Mahatma Gandhi said, “My Life is my message.” For Mildred Norman, her journey was her message. She was motivated by faith, namely a belief in “universal spirituality” and the “divine law of love.” In an old interview, Norman describes a spiritual awakening she had some years some years before her peace pilgrimage. Walking alone in the woods at night, she experienced, she says, a desire to surrender herself, and a calling “to give my life to something beyond myself.” Her life before had not been particularly unusual–she had been a fashionable young woman and had married. But she and her husband, Stanley Ryder, divorced after 13 years. Ryder says in an interview that she did not visit him when he was in the service and showed little interest in being a homemaker. Mildred Norman’s pacifist principles and independent spirit were already challenging convention. She was destined for another life.
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Afropolitanism and identity politics
by Minna Salami
Afropolitanism, a version of cosmopolitanism centred on Africa has been a topic of heated discussion in African intellectual circles in recent years, and it faces the same accusations. Critics argue that the Afropolite, as the cosmopolite, belongs to a shallow elite and is therefore unsuited to deal with African realpolitik. Moreover, critics such as the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainana, argue that Afropolitanism is dominated by the west, rather than independent-minded, as it indeed should be.
Read More at MsAfropolitan

Bob Herbert's Op-Ed.TV: Les Payne on the Evolution of Journalism

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday Reading

In creepy Reddit megathread, thousands of women recount the first time they were perved on by a grown man
by David Futrelle
[T]housands of “women of Reddit” stepped forward to tell the horrifying yet in most cases completely unsurprising stories of the first time men started perving on them, in many cases before they were even teenagers.
Read More at We Hunted the Mammoth

“Who Do You Think You Are?”: When Marginality Meets Academic Microcelebrity
by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Populists and capitalists conceptualize academic public writing as a democratizing process. I argue that interlocking structures of oppression contour neoliberal academic appeals for public scholarship. Using data from a public academic blog, I conceptualize the attention economy as stratified by attenuated status groups. I also discuss the methodological promise of digital texts for sociological inquiry.
Read More at ADA

Tanya Tagaq Voices Inuit Womanhood In ‘Nanook of the North’
by Brigit McCone
Nanook of the North is an iconic 1922 drama that recreates traditional Inuit lifeways through the representative struggles of Nanook (“Polar Bear,” played by Allakariallak), his wife Nyla (“the Smiling One,” played by Maggie Nujarluktuk), another woman identified only as “Cunayou,” Nanook’s young son “Allee,” and baby “Rainbow.” However, we are shown older boys, described as “some of Nanook’s children,” eating sea-biscuits and lard at the trading post, adding to the film’s casual, hand-waving vagueness about Nanook’s family relationships. Male helpers pop up for group hunts, as though from nowhere, but Nanook’s family is never placed in a wider community context. Despite describing Nanook as band leader, he is never depicted leading, and is frequently infantilized by director Robert Flaherty. By framing his drama as “documentary,” Flaherty converts Allakariallak and Nujarluktuk from active collaborators into passive subjects.
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Undisclosed: Here it Comes
by Rabia Chaudry
I’ll be honest. I’m a little nervous. I had no clue (why? because I am ridiculously naive and don’t have the time to think even a week ahead) that our podcast would get covered by the NY Times, the Washingtonian, the Rolling Stone, PBS Newshour, Huffington Post, People, Vanity Fair…and the list goes on.  Considering the success of Serial, I certainly should have anticipated it, but not thinking this venture will be at all comparable, I kind of didn’t.
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Japanese American History Is Not For Sale
A New Jersey auction house is offering hundreds of artifacts made by Japanese Americans while they were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. These items are now up for sale to highest bidder. Does that sound right to you? Concerned community members are speaking up and taking action.
Read More at Angry Asian Man

After Hours - Why The Friends From Friends Are Terrible People

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Reading

How “Empire” Is Reshaping the Love and Hip Hop Motif In a Really Gay Way
by Vianca Masucci
On the night that the season finale of Empire aired, I dragged myself to my QTPoC support group and grudgingly disconnected from Facebook in fear of seeing any finale spoilers. I walked into the usual meeting space only to find the ‘sharing circle’ quite sparse. Our group leader stood indignant in the middle of the circle rocking the hardest stank face I’ve ever seen.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous

My body is not an invitation
by Key Ballah
But they don’t teach you how to recover from feeling powerless in school, how to spot a wolf in the skin of a man. They don’t give you a step-by-step guide to claiming or reclaiming your voice, a how-to on finding your agency when you are scared and your skin is crawling. So, like the sticky-fingered boys in elementary school, I ignored his disregard for the boundaries of my womanhood, my humanity.
Read more at Love, InshAllah

Fantasy’s Othering Fetish, Part 2
by Phenderson Djèlí Clark
In modern fantasy, with its fascination with medieval Europe, it seemed almost fated that acts of “othering” would take root. Some of Western Europe’s founding notions of non-Westerners trace back long before colonialism, as early as the medieval era, where xenophobic fears (rational and irrational) of Muslim, Tartar or Mongol enemies were part of popular, religious, state and academic culture. We know this in part from the literature of the time, where non-Europeans (and non-Christians) are depicted as less than human and prone to wickedness.
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Light Skin vs. Dark Skin? What About Me? (A “Peanut Butter” Chick’s Story)
by DeAara Lewis
“Teach me how to flirt.”  I awkwardly asked my best friend.  That had to be it.  That had to be what it was, why I felt like the twin sister of the “Invisible Man” when she and I went out together.  “Um, okay.  You just make eye contact,” she responded as she continued applying her make up.
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Is There a Place Where White People Are More Committed to Faux Race Blindness than South Africa?
by Sisonke Msimang
The first thing that strikes you when you arrive in Australia is how racist this place is, and yet how committed many Australians are to not talking about race. As a South African I recognize this purposeful, focussed commitment to faux race blindness. Even as someone slags off Aboriginal people and immigrants, and rants about the need to “reclaim Australia,” many here will insist that they are not racist.
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Korea's Anti-Gaming Laws

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thursday Reading

A Potted History of Gender Variance: Trans Visibility in History
by Katie Herring
Cheryl is a notable figure in the trans community in Britain. So when TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) like Sheila Jeffreys make ridiculous statements. Cheryl has something to say about it. In this case, the ridiculous statement from Ms. Jeffreys made of Radio 4 last year (on Women’s Hour no less) was this: “…the phenomenon of transgenderism, which is a social construct of the 2nd half of the 20th century and which has become particularly common in the last couple of decades…”
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Fantasy’s Othering Fetish, Part 1
by Phenderson Djeli Clark
Over the years demands for more meaningful diversity in our fantasy realms have grown increasingly louder–a clarion call that echoes from the mundane world to haunt our usual lands of elves, dragons, orcs and whatnot. Back in 2010 when local New Zealanders were told they were “too dark to be a Hobbit” (no one’s ever too dark to be an Orc, it seems) in the new Peter Jackson films it caused a stir, highlighting the at times “unbearable whiteness” of the heroes of Tolkien’s masterpiece. Both Pixar’s Brave and Disney’s Frozen were criticized for their similar ode to all things vanilla, without even attempting a hint at color.
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Writing Love and Sex in a Dry Country
by Bina Shah
The first proper sex scene I ever read in a Pakistani novel was Bapsi Sidhwa’s “The Bride” where she describes the first time a girl has sex after getting married to a tribal man. Sidhwa didn’t resort to euphemism, she didn’t fade out just as the shalwars came down, she described what happened with an earthy honesty that I still remember to this day. It shocked me, but it thrilled me as well that here was a Pakistani writer – a woman! – who was being honest about what happened in a marriage bed.  I was only a reader back then, and never thought that I’d have to confront this as a writer some day.
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Trapped Behind a Screen.
by Scarlett Harris
Do you ever feel like the banalities of daily life just get too much and your inner id is clawing to get out and experience the world beyond your computer screen?
Read More at The Scarlett Woman

N.J.'s most notorious murders | The lovers
by Vicki Hymen
This month, Inside Jersey looks back at the most notorious murders, crime sprees and serial killers to sully the Garden State. Today, the lovers: From a bed-hopping German immigrant with a taste for poison to the vicious double slaying of an Episcopal priest and his mistress to a couple of modern-day model citizens accused of offing their wives, here are four cases that might make you think twice about straying.

Kendrick Lamar's Fiance' is Light Skinned. SO WHAT?! (Response) | One Chick Army

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday Reading

Rolling Stone, Jackie, and What Went Wrong
by Melissa McEwan
Naturally, the takeaway from this will be (again) that Jackie is a liar, but the Columbia Journalism Review does not make that conclusion, just as investigating police did not. CJR reports that there were discrepancies in Jackie's story, that she was sometimes evasive, that she was scared, and that she nonetheless seemed credible to Rolling Stone until she didn't anymore.
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Rolling Stone’s investigation: ‘A failure that was avoidable’
by Sheila Coronel, Steve Coll, and Derek Kravitz
LAST JULY 8, SABRINA RUBIN ERDELY, a writer for Rolling Stone, telephoned Emily Renda, a rape survivor working on sexual assault issues as a staff member at the University of Virginia. Erdely said she was searching for a single, emblematic college rape case that would show “what it’s like to be on campus now … where not only is rape so prevalent but also that there’s this pervasive culture of sexual harassment/rape culture,” according to Erdely’s notes of the conversation.
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I Am Proud to Throw Like a Girl
by Abby H
Female professional athletes in this nation do not get the recognition they deserve. As a female athlete who competes at the collegiate level, I know first hand that women’s sports just do not get the same amount of attention that men’s sports do in this country.
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The Importance of Casting Women Over 50 in Horror
by Brittney-Jade Colangelo
In the world of horror fandom we have become obsessed with Scream Queens but rarely do we acknowledge the ones that aren't the ingenues that eventually grow older and seem to fade away thanks to studios wanting younger leads to carry their franchises and remakes. It's important to acknowledge the need for older women in horror movies and to celebrate their efforts and contributions. More often than not actresses over 50 are simply cast as "crazy old ladies" or simply as victims, or set pieces. It's these women that are needed the most on screen as they depict what we choose to ignore the most in society.  We as a society place no inherent value to their experience or the accomplishment of surging as long as they have. Now, when we put that mentality towards horror, we can understand why it has always seemed women over 50 might as well be dead in Horror before they even get a chance to die on screen. 
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Blood Bonds: The Sisterhood of Menstruation.
by Scarlett Harris
Periods are a hot topic at the moment. There was the recent Instagram furor that saw a photo of a fully-clothed woman in bed with a blood stain on her trackies and sheets banned for violating the social media platform’s guidelines and Rebecca Shaw—also known as the holy saviour of the interwebs, Brocklesnitch—wrote at Kill Your Darlings about the menstruation taboo. Like a period, these both came around the time that I had also been thinking and talking about the bonds of blood that signify womanhood.
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'All The Same To Me' Anya Marina

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday Reading

Taxing the Period
by David Linton
The topic of menstruation is so delicate in the US that it’s unlikely that any party or mainstream candidate would sign on to support a bill to eliminate menstrual sales taxes at any level.  It would surely invite ridicule and smarmy commentary from the uptight media pundits and politicians who run rampant over anything having to do with women’s health, especially when it comes to the menstrual cycle.
Read More at The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

Ronald Moody: Archival explorations of a Black Jamaican artist in interwar London
by Gemma Romain
For the past three years Caroline Bressey and I have been researching interwar Black history in relation to London’s art world. The African and Asian presence in Britain in this period is fascinating and crucial to our understanding of modern British history, yet it has been systematically neglected within British historiography. Those who have worked to combat this neglect include Hakim Adi, who has published several important books reflecting on anti-colonial, Pan-African and communist politics in relation to the African diaspora in the early twentieth century; Rozina Visram who has published pioneering works on Asian history in modern Britain; and Susheila Nasta who led the recent Making Britain project.
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New in April: Going to 11?
There are also a batch of notable titles showing up later in the month, including the much-anticipated first season of Netflix's Daredevil, the off-its-rocker Crank (2006), the latest mind puzzle from Jean-Luc Godard, Goodbye to Language (2014), and a couple of highly regarded new horror films, The Babadook and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. I'm looking forward to all of these (except maybe the Godard, which I saw in a theater—in 3D—and which might be tough to watch again, especially in 2D). Premiere dates listed at the bottom of the page.
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The 18 Worst Things Rich And Powerful People Got Away With
The rich and powerful get perks the rest of us great unwashed do not: preferential treatment, access to things we can only imagine, and the ability to kill people and not spend the rest of their lives in jail. 
And that's really just the tip of the iceberg. It turns out that when you're able to wipe your ass with $100 bills, the planet will let you get away with pretty much anything you damn well please. Our readers brought you the worst offenders.
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Interior: Strip Club
A guy I’m sitting with at a small table with is telling me about how much money he used to make, and how much he spent on strippers.
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Bree Sharp performs “David Duchovny” live in front of David Duchovny in New York

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Reading

5 Ways The Gaming Industry Is Way More Sexist Than You Think
by Mark Hill,  Brianna Wu,  Amanda Warner,  Katie Williams
Every time an industry dominated by one gender starts to become more diverse, the transition period is bumpy. Female politicians were dismissed by their opponents, women soldiers had to fight for their right to fight, and male flight attendants were ridiculed for their passion for infuriatingly tiny peanut bags. Now the video game industry is going through that same rough transition, so we spoke to a few women in the industry about it: Brianna Wu and Amanda Warner of indie game developer Giant Spacekat, game journalist Katie Williams, and another journalist who shall go unnamed for now, presumably because she understands how dumb the Internet can be about this stuff.
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A Gutsy Tribute to the Heroes and Heroines of American Labor: Barbara Kopple’s ‘Harlan County, USA’
by Rachael Johnson 
Directed with great spirit and empathy by Barbara Kopple, the documentary, Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976) is the story of an eventful strike in eastern Kentucky. The 13-month-long Brookside Strike (1973-4), as it was called, involved 180 miners from the Duke Power-owned Eastover Mining Company’s Brookside Mine in Harlan County. The film chronicles the miners’ fight to join the United Mine Workers of America, a move prohibited by the mining company when they refuse to sign the contract. Their hard struggle for representation, better wages and working conditions is lived and portrayed as a collective one. The men are joined on the picket lines by their wives who play a central role in the story. Their dramatic journey is understood and depicted as a deeply personal and political one.
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How to Participate in the Movement When You’re in a Funk
by Maisha Z. Johnson
The march began near my house, and according to Twitter, it was coming closer. I could easily meet up with the crowd within fifteen minutes. 
But the only thing that seemed “easy” – or even doable – was pressing my face against my pillow. Even getting out of bed felt impossible. So that night, my contribution was nothing more than scrolling through my phone, watching the banners go by in Twitpics while feeling guilty for not doing “enough.”
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Dude Social Fallacies
Dude Social Fallacies can be roughly divided into three groups: fallacies about sex, fallacies about women’s behavior and fallacies about the man’s own behavior.
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The Audacity of ‘Somali Studies’
by Cawo M. Abdi
The recent #CadaanStudies controversy that pitted a German anthropologist, Dr. Markus Hoehne, against young Somali researchers, students and professionals led by Safia Aidid, a Somali-Canadian doctoral student at Harvard, prompted a frenzied debate about the state and future of Somali studies. The trigger for this controversy stemmed from the absence of any Somalis from the editorial board of a recently created Journal of Somaliland Studies. And amidst the brouhaha, the lack of Somali voices on a journal about Somalia remains one critical issue, which is about much more than Markus Hoehne and Somalia.
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Are "Black" Women the LEAST Desired in Online Dating? OKCupid Thinks So...| One Chick Army

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thursday Reading

The Real #Fearandrace: Where is NPR's Show About Why America Should be Afraid of White Men?
by Chauncey DeVega
The blindness of Whiteness, its false innocence, the fragility, the self-serving lies both big and small that sustain Whiteness as both ideology and social practice, are revealed in many moments.
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Writing Sucks
by Anne Thériault
I am trying to write a novel and it sucks.
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Feeling Burned Out? Aak Yourself This One Simple Question…
by Gala Darling
A couple of weeks ago, I admitted that I was feeling a little burned out. Simply saying as much, out loud, to myself and to you guys, helped a lot. I’ve always been a believer in quality over quantity, and when you don’t feel passionate, your writing reflects that. It was clearly time to ease off the pressure, so that’s what I’ve been doing.
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What Young Women Need To Know About The Wage Gap Right Now
by Sarah Landrum
As of 2014, women earn 82.55 percent of what men do in full-time wage and salary jobs. That’s a five percent increase from the 77 percent statistic often cited by the media and some clear progress towards gender equality. 
Still, one has to ask: What’s keeping us from equal wages? Are 21st century employers still shortchanging women, or is there more to the pay gap picture than meets the eye?
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Eat, Pray, Roll
by Mary H.K. Choi
It’s 6:30 and I’m waiting in a dive bar with a mug of hot tea. Peppermint. It’s 20 degrees out and my feet are numb. I feel like a narc and look like one and if the guy I was meeting wasn’t someone with whom I’d already attended two of the same birthday parties, I’m sure there’s no way he’d sell me ecstasy. For the record I refuse to call it “molly.”
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Society6 Presents // Illustrator Guillaume Cornet

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wednesday Reading

The many faces of sex work
I could not read the interview with Adrian Trett without crying. Many parts spoke personally to me, especially when he talked about the homophobic bullying he experienced in school. Being the fat lezza dogged my school days, and like him I hoped having a human shield would help. I didn’t date anyone, but soon discovered the bullies chose a new target when I got off with a couple of boys. Of course then I was a bike, rather than a dyke, but it was preferable since that only involved name calling rather than actual violence.
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Rutgers Student Toook LSD, Got Naked and Stabbed his Friend
On Saturday night, 22-year-old Kevin Huang and a buddy decided to spend their evening taking LSD. Things took a wrong turn when Huang suddenly became violent, tearing off his clothes and destroying the apartment. A witness left to get help, but when he returned, he found Huang had stabbed his friend in the neck.
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Think of the Children! Tuesday: 'Anastasia' and Revisionist History
by Deborah Pless
Though it's not a Disney movie and she doesn't qualify as a Disney Princess, Anastasia is the the Princess I always wanted to be. She taps into something very soft and small inside me, the desire to find out that I am destined for greatness, that there is some bigger story being told in my life, and that I am only just discovering my true potential. That's what this story makes me feel. And to top it off, Anastasia herself is way more interesting and fun and cool than all those boring Disney Princesses. She's spunky and sarcastic and rebellious and she totally kicks Rasputin's butt at the end, which is super awesome.
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#684: My boss brought a machete to a disciplinary meeting with staff.
This is a Lifetime Movie waiting to happen. This is a patchwork quilt where all the patches are made of red flags and the pattern is someone doing semaphore that means “Get out.” Either he is unstable enough or enough of a jerkass to have lost all sense of consequence and filter (and he shouldn’t be in charge) or he deliberately orchestrated that meeting as a way to hint at S. that he is capable of getting violent (and he shouldn’t be in charge).
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Drift dreamily down the Danube
Starting today, you can cruise this international waterway with Street View in Google Maps, sailing through six countries, three capitals, and enjoying many arresting landscapes along the way. To capture the imagery, the Trekker was mounted on the riverboat ms Treasures, operated by Tauck, and Scylla, its maritime partner, for cruises along the Danube and other European rivers.
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Mahogany L. Browne - "Sanctuary" (CUPSI 2015)

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