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‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and How We Talk About Race and Identity

From left to right: Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley), and Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling).

OITNB isn’t perfect in its handling of race, class, and gender, but the series does get a lot right about the conversations people of color and white folks have amongst themselves and with each other, and how different identities and experiences shape those interactions.

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#IntersectionalityIsForTwitter: How to Be a True Ally

Our movements have all three of these choices: We can refuse to work with the oppressed people who voiced their grievances, we could ignore their grievances, or we could work to address them.

A discussion of several hashtags that have been making their way around Twitter over the past week: #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen, and #F*ckCisPeople.

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Hugo Schwyzer and the Consumption of Redemption Narratives

Hugo Schwyzer, appearing on the Ricki Lake Show in October 2012.

We think redemption narratives prove something about the human experience—when really, all they prove is that change is really, really hard, and we should be suspicious when someone claims to be 180 degrees different from whom they used to be.

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Women of Color and Feminism: A History Lesson and Way Forward

It is not the responsibility of feminists of color to tell white feminists we exist and have been a part of the feminist movement for a long time.

It is not the responsibility of feminists of color to tell white feminists we exist and have been a part of the feminist movement for a long time. When feminists of color or Black feminists—or whatever moniker they choose—are passed over and ignored, it is an insult, intentional or not.

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More Feminist Than Thou: Moving Beyond Self-Defeating “Choose-My-Choice” Feminism


I just can’t have another fight about whether it’s feminist to be a stay-at-home mom, shave your legs, or wear makeup. Let’s stop choosing our choices and start choosing our battles.

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Barry Commoner: A Feminist Environmentalist

Barry Commoner, who died on Sunday at the age of 95.

Barry Commoner, who died September 30, deserves to be remembered as a visionary scientific thinker who advocated for connecting the dots between components in systems of oppression.

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The MARIA Fund: Supporting Women’s Access to Abortion in Mexico

Five years after Mexico City decriminalized first-trimester abortion, the MARIA Fund helps women from other parts of Mexico to access safe abortion care. You can help them.

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The GOP’s Witch Hunt

Witches brewing up a hailstorm. [Source: http://www.brh.org.uk/gallery/witches.html#]

The past few months the GOP has waged a war on women that places them firmly in bed with religious lobbyists, treating women like they are subhuman all in the name of patriarchal religion.

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New Networked Feminism Just Like the Old Networked Feminism: Organize or Die.

Back in the day, we talked and connected and networked to get organized. Today, led by my younger sisters, we are doing just the same. We didn’t “chit and chat.” We organized against the abuses of power, just as we do today. This is the best history report I could imagine reading during women’s history month. Let’s keep writing this report.

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The Burning of an Abortion Clinic on New Years Day and a Call to Action on Abortion Rights

American Family Planning Clinic, Pensacola FL

The burning of an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida on New Year’s Day is an act of violence against women and a call to action. It’s time to stand up.

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