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Not Oprah’s Book Club: Searching For Zion

Tweet The first time I learned I was American was my first trip abroad to America’s colonial ancestor, England, where I circled a plexiglass-protected 15th century Benin mask at the British Museum. An older white Englishman engaged me in a conversation and when he called me American, it made my ears ring. For the remainder [...]
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You’ve come a long way, lady

Tweet Ann has a great piece in the (newly launched and very beautiful) New Republic about ladies who call each other, well, ladies. Sifting through the intergenerational interpretations, rap lyrics and colloquialisms, she writes, ….the word “lady” has become core vocabulary of feminism in the age of irony. With its slippery meaning—associations range from grandma’s [...]
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Not Oprah’s Book Club: Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo

TweetYears before Adrienne Rich would write in Of Woman Born that ” [women] need to imagine a world in which every woman is the presiding genuis of her own body,” 19th century Western women began exploring skin modification through the art of tattoo. Margot Mifflin’s recently reissued Bodies of Subversion is more than just a [...]
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Horrible thing for today: How to catch an “illegal”

Tweet A taco shop in South Carolina has employees wearing a t-shirt that says, “how to catch an illegal immigrant” with a picture of some taco’s under a trap. It get’s worse–they defended themselves, As most tax paying Americans, we do believe ILLEGAL immigrants are taxing the system we support and live under, thereby, causing [...]
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Sojourner Truth: “A woman in control of her image”

Tweet Holiday movie-viewing season probably means that you undoubtedly will catch one of the most talked about films of the year, Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” I saw the movie a few weeks back and it’s pretty grand. Yet, I had a healthy amount of skepticism going in, because it is a Spielberg jawn, which would mean there [...]
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