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Shirt that reads 'You can head South, but your mom is riding West"

Lebron, Family Honor, and Yo Momma


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been following the Lebron James story with great interest. For those who don’t follow sports (or live under a rock), Lebron recently announced that he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, after much hype, speculation, conspiracy theories, and an hour-long ESPN special. That’s all fine and good. I’m not foolish enough to try to opine on such a still touchy subject in a public forum.
What I WILL talk about is the fact that for months, the critical backlash against Lebron has involved blatant, disrespectful, and anti-feminist slut-shaming of his mother based on rumors that she slept with Delonte West, another player on the ...


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been following the Lebron James story with great interest. For those who don’t follow sports (or live under a rock), Lebron recently announced that he would be leaving ...

Astounding findings on anti-LGBTQ violence for 2009.

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCVAP) just put out their annual report (pdf.) on violence against the LGBTQ community and the findings are scary. I took a look at the report myself and it seems that overall the reporting of violent crime is down. It is hard to get a sense of exactly how grave the situation is when we know that so much of the violence goes unreported, but if the numbers represent a trend then it is a frightening one.

Furthermore, there is a trend in communities of color who are afflicted with higher rates of violent crime against the LGBTQ community. Of the 22 murders last year 79% of them were people of color ...

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCVAP) just put out their annual report (pdf.) on violence against the LGBTQ community and the findings are scary. I took a look at the report myself and it ...

Feministing at USSF 2010

Rose and I are hanging out at the USSF and having an amazing time. Check out our video below talking about gender justice, media and activism at the USSF.

We are having a great time running around meeting some of the most amazing activists in the country and seeing old friends. Thanks to everyone that came out to our panel yesterday and stuck through the room changes and lack of air conditioning. You rock!
Also, RE: Progressive Media, I just want to note that a lot of progressive media is here, along with independent and alternative media and we are holding it down in the People’s Media Center. Big shout out to Free Speech TV (where I did a ...

Rose and I are hanging out at the USSF and having an amazing time. Check out our video below talking about gender justice, media and activism at the USSF.

We are having a great time running around meeting ...

Nikki Haley and the Myth of Republican Diversity.


I am a little disappointed with the coverage of Nikki Haley, the Palin and Romney backed potential Republican nominee for South Carolina governer, that goes, “despite her politics, isn’t it great to have a South Asian woman in a leadership position?” Sadly, no and here’s why. Nikki Haley, along with fellow desi politician Bobby Jindal have created for themselves an identity that feeds into dominant assumptions and desires about assimilation, acceptance and the rightful way for minorities to act. When Republicans say “diversity,” what they mean is “people of color that act like us even when we say racist shit to them.” Since after all, Haley was referred to as a “raghead.” Real classy.
In response ...

I am a little disappointed with the coverage of Nikki Haley, the Palin and Romney backed potential Republican nominee for South Carolina governer, that goes, “despite her politics, isn’t it great to have a South ...

Events, Tents, and Assemblies: Promoting Gender Justice at the US Social Forum

Guest Post by Marina Karides, member of the Gender Justice Working Group. This is the second in a series of pieces on the US Social Forum and the activities of the Gender Justice Working Group at the forum.
For anyone remotely interested in grassroots activism and promoting social justice internationally, transnationally, nationally, and locally the US Social Forum is the event for you. To be held in Detroit, MI June 22-26th, the US Social Forum will highlight the economic troubles of Detroit following its long history of capitalist greed that used Detroit workers as cheaply as possible and then left them high and dry for even cheaper labor in the Global South.
And the Global South is where the ...

Guest Post by Marina Karides, member of the Gender Justice Working Group. This is the second in a series of pieces on the US Social Forum and the activities of the Gender Justice Working Group at the ...

Feminism and Masturbation


Andrea Plaid has a piece up at Bitch on feminism and masturbation with a series of quotes from feminists (including myself) about what feminists aren’t talking about when it comes to feminism.

Twanna Hines–
I fucking love masturbation. Solo sex is absolutely a political issue because taking control of your own pleasure is liberating. Too often, when we talk about restricting women’s pleasure, the topic turns to female genital cutting in other countries. However, our homegrown variety of no-whacking, abstinence-only education can be equally repressive. I want more of us– women and men–to dialogue about access to healthy information about all forms of sex.
Tami Winfrey Harris–
From a black woman’s perspective, I’m not sure ...


Andrea Plaid has a piece up at Bitch on feminism and masturbation with a series of quotes from feminists (including myself) about what feminists aren’t talking about when it comes to feminism.

Twanna ...

Vintage Ads: Domestic Tropes Then and Now

The Weburbanist has a series of ads up clustered in themes, such as smoking ads, weigh tloss ads, food ads and cooking ads. One set of ads didn’t have a content theme in common, just that they were making fun of domestic violence as a way to sell products.

Had enough, there more. Check out these housework ads,

The Weburbanist has a series of ads up clustered in themes, such as smoking ads, weigh tloss ads, food ads and cooking ads. One set of ads didn’t have a content theme in common, just that ...

Awesome Documentary Alert: DESIGIRLS!

It can be said that homophobia is a universal experience, but plays out differently based on culture, ethnicity, history, class and race among other factors. As a South Asian women who is openly feminist, I have experienced first hand some of the very specific views of my very loosely defined “community,” (which would be middle class South Asian most of which immigrated in the early 1970’s) on gender and sexuality, which to be frank, leave a lot to be desired.
Historically, within the South Asian cultural context, gender and sexuality have often been represented as more fluid. But something about the transnational circulation of the idea of “coming out” seems to be understood to be in opposition to the South ...

It can be said that homophobia is a universal experience, but plays out differently based on culture, ethnicity, history, class and race among other factors. As a South Asian women who is openly feminist, I have experienced ...

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