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Feministing Reads: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

On the night of the grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown and again the night after, marching the length of Manhattan with a few thousand others, trying and failing to find some place sufficient to accommodate our anger or our grief, our newly or long-broken hearts, our need to feel responsive or responded to, a line from Claudia Rankine’s Citizen floated on the surface of my full skull: “To your mind, feelings are what create a person, something unwilling, something wild vandalizing whatever the skull holds. Those sensations form a someone.”

On the night of the grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown and again the night after, marching the length of Manhattan with a few thousand others, trying and failing to ...

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Congressional staffers staged a walk-out today to protest the non-indictments in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. (Image via @ryanjreilly)

Former supermodel Beverly Johnson tells the story of when Bill Cosby drugged her. “I couldn’t sit back and watch the other women be vilified and shamed for something I knew was true.” 

Congressional staffers staged a walk-out today to protest the non-indictments in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. (Image via @ryanjreilly)

Former supermodel Beverly Johnson tells the story of ...

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The importance of Ava DuVernay’s Golden Globe nomination

 

Ava DuVernay has become the first black woman to receive a Golden Globe nomination for best director. The announcement came this morning alongside all of the other Golden Globe nominations, including three others for the film DuVernay wrote and directed, Selma.

 

Ava DuVernay has become the first black woman to receive a Golden Globe nomination for best director. The announcement came this morning alongside all of the other Golden Globe nominations, including three others for ...

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May we have this dance? On learning and writing as a trans woman of color

I have a little ritual that I perform whenever I open a new nonfiction book. I go to the index and look up “transgender” “transsexual” and “sex change.” Often I heave a sigh of relief if I don’t find them, but if I do, I flip to the listed pages with newly crossed fingers praying I don’t find something dehumanizing.

I have a little ritual that I perform whenever I open a new nonfiction book. I go to the index and look up “transgender” “transsexual” and “sex change.” Often I heave a sigh of relief if I ...

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Rape, Rolling Stone, and the radical notion that women are trustworthy

Last week, Rolling Stone distanced themselves from the tale of a horrifying gang rape at the heart of their story about the culture of sexual violence at the University of Virginia, after concerns arose about “discrepancies” in the account of the survivor, Jackie. Now the Washington Post is re-investigating those discrepancies, uncovering major mistakes in Rolling Stone‘s reporting.

Last week, Rolling Stone distanced themselves from the tale of a horrifying gang rape at the heart of their story about the culture of sexual violence at the University of Virginia, after concerns arose about “discrepancies” in ...

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Shonda Rhimes: “I haven’t broken through any glass ceilings.”

Shonda Rhimes accepted an award at the annual Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast the other day. And her acceptance speech is, in fact, as good as everyone is saying it is. 

Shonda Rhimes accepted an award at the annual Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast the other day. And her acceptance speech is, in fact, as good as everyone is saying it is. 

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“We live in a country full of racism, but no racists; rape, but no rapists.”

In the midst of the continued fallout from the Rolling Stone mess and the ongoing protests against racist police violence, Kate Harding draws the parallels between the victim-blaming tendencies that runs through the conversations on both gendered violence and racist violence. 

In the midst of the continued fallout from the Rolling Stone mess and the ongoing protests against racist police violence, Kate Harding draws the parallels between the victim-blaming tendencies that runs through the conversations ...

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