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  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: “Sit back and shut the f*ck up”: On taxis, gender, and power   1 week, 4 days ago · View

    ThumbnailEd. note: This is a guest post by Jeanann Verlee . Jeanann is an author, performance poet, editor, and former punk rocker based in New York City. A few years ago, sharing a cab with a male friend of mine, I asked the driver to make two stops. The driver dropped my friend first and scarcely made it [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: The Language of Possession   1 month ago · View

    Ed. note: This is a guest post by  Jeanann Verlee . Jeanann is an author, performance poet, editor, and former punk rocker based in New York City. The possession of bodies is a trickle-down, systemic problem that has rendered much of our population with what amounts to, and arguably is, PTSD. Brown bodies have been possessed by white bodies. [...]

  • Thumbnail In my *spare* time (LOL), I edit the online literary magazine  Union Station , which features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and photo essays from emerging artists. One of my favorite essays is this one featuring Malaysian Muslim women with and without their hijabs by photographer Francisco Guerrero  that we published in 2011.  In the portrait session a few years back, the women [...]

  • Thumbnail When Roxane Gay’s essay “Bad Feminist”  first appeared in the September 2012 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), we were sitting at brunch somewhere in Brooklyn losing our mind over the coming zombie apocalypse and the fallout of the Citizens United decision and its very visible impact on electoral politics, sipping mimosas and occasionally nodding [...]

  • Thumbnailhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNXKKFnm6lE#t=26 There’s a particular kind of irony when Whoopi Goldberg, who 29 years ago starred in a film that featured intergenerational domestic violence, makes comments in support of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith regarding the very lenient two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice for knocking his then fiancee unconscious and dragging her into an elevator. On Monday, [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Laughing to the polls   3 months ago · View

    Thumbnailhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J6jxispCFA Last Tuesday, I attended the launch of the  Lady Parts Justice campaign, a newly designed rapid response reproductive rights messaging hub centering around comedy to mobilize women voters to the polls for local, state and national elections. Some weeks ago, LPJ asked women from across the country to send their stories on abortion to share. I, along [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Hobby Lobby and the war on poor women   3 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Years ago, my doctor prescribed oral contraceptives after I was hospitalized from a ruptured ovarian cyst. I had insurance through my employer at the time and paid a modest monthly copay of $10. When we switched insurance plans during an enrollment period, my coverage lapsed and I had to pay out of pocket for the [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Releasing a creepy, stalkerish video is not how you “get her back”   3 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Last night, Zerlina tweeted the most important hashtag of the year to date: #stoprobinthicke2014 . Robin Thicke’s very public heartbreak and estrangement from his high school sweetheart and wife of 11 years, Paula Patton, continues to skeeve out a weary public. A video of his upcoming single “Get Her Back” from his new album, Paula–which has an eyebrow-raising and [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Photo of the Day: #normalizebreastfeeding   4 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail When Karlesha Thurman, a 25-year-old mom and recent graduate of California State University Long Beach, posted the above image on the Facebook group page Black Women Do Breast Feed , a group dedicated to promoting awareness as well as remove the stigma of breastfeeding in black community, she wasn’t looking to stir up controversy. If anything, it was a [...]

  • ThumbnailA day after we cheered as Laverne Cox graced the cover of Time magazine last week,  news broke that two trans women  were viscously assaulted on the MARTA subway in Atlanta. One woman was stripped naked as onlookers failed to intervene to end their torment. They laughed, cheered, and captured video on their cell phones. It was that cell phone video (which we [...]

  • Thumbnail I want to tell you an old story. During my first year at Columbia, it occurred to me during a brief reverie that something was odd about the literature we were reading and how it represented women. In the margins of my notebook, I began making a branch of every book we read in Literature Humanities [...]

  • Thumbnail Lady Dido Belle with her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. Formerly attributed to Johann Zoffany. One might as well begin with this painting . In this image, we see two women of status, Dido Elizabeth Belle alongside her cousin, white Lady Elizabeth Murray. It is an oil portrait from 1779. I’m no art historian, but I can tell [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Your Daily Poem: Lucille Clifton   5 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailEd. note: For  National Poetry Month , we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the  whole series  here. Today’s poem is “won’t you celebrate with me?” by the great Lucille Clifton. won’t you celebrate with me won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born in babylon both [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Your Daily Poem: Joy Harjo   5 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailEd. note: For  National Poetry Month , we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the  whole series  here. Today’s poem is “She Had Some Horses” by the great Joy Harjo . She Had Some Horses She had some horses. She had horses who were bodies of sand. She had horses who were maps drawn of blood. She had horses who [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Your Daily Poem: Elana Bell   5 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailEd. note: For  National Poetry Month , we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the  whole series  here. Today’s poem is “Your Village” by Elana Bell . Your Village Once in a village that is burning because a village is always somewhere burning And if you do not look because it is not your village it is still your village [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Your Daily Poem: Patricia Smith   5 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailEd. note: For  National Poetry Month , we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the  whole series  here. Today’s poem is “What You Pray Toward” by Patricia Smith. What You Pray Toward “The orgasm has replaced the cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment.” —Malcolm Muggeridge, 1966 I. Hubbie 1 used to get wholly pissed when I [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Your Daily Poem: Franny Choi   5 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailEd. note: For  National Poetry Month , we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the  whole series  here. Today’s poem is “To the Man Who Shouted ‘I Like Pork Fried Rice’ at Me on the Street” by Franny Choi. To the Man Who Shouted “I Like Pork Fried Rice” at Me on the Street you want to eat me out. [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Your Daily Poem: Eileen Myles   6 months ago · View

    ThumbnailEd. note: For  National Poetry Month , we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the  whole series  here. Today’s poem is “An American Poem” by Eileen Myles. An American Poem I was born in Boston in 1949. I never wanted this fact to be known, in fact I’ve spent the better half of my adult life trying to sweep my [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Your Daily Poem: Victoria Lynne McCoy   6 months ago · View

    ThumbnailEd. note: For  National Poetry Month , we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the  whole series  here. Today’s poem is “On the Day It Became Legal to Rape Your Wife” from Victoria Lynne McCoy. On the Day It Became Legal to Rape Your Wife Somewhere, a couple celebrated an anniversary, laid out a blanket beneath a chandelier of willow tree, [...]

  • Syreeta wrote a new blog post: Your Daily Poem: Jan Beatty   6 months ago · View

    ThumbnailEd. note: For  National Poetry Month , we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the  whole series  here. Today’s poem is ” Shooter“ by Jan Beatty . Shooter I shoot the old man who followed my 11-yr-old body on Smithfield St/because I smiled at him/because it was Xmas/ I shoot the man who jacked-off/on the bricks of our house/put a ladder to [...]

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