What Online Feminism Must Learn From Racial Justice

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By Pia Guerrero Twelve years ago, I was doing social justice work through a community engagement project in a 10th grade class in San Francisco. The class consisted of kids from the Mission District and Bayview Hunter’s Point. Mission District at the time was a vibrant Latino community and a hot zone for gang activity. Life … [Read more...]

Unintentionally Eating the Other (The Fashion of Racial Drag)

Crystal Renn's other forays into racial drag, also published in Vogue Japan (June 2011)

by minh-ha t. pham [The other week], Crystal Renn, the [former plus-size] model who recently appeared in a Vogue Japan spread with her eyes taped in ways that were suggestive of an old theater makeup trick meant to make white actors look “Asian,” offered an explanation and defense of the cosmetic practice. Tape, it should be … [Read more...]

The False Mirror: On Diversity, Bizarre Barbies, and Body Image Activism

Photo by Ilene Seganove, ‘The Dissatisfactions Of Ilene Segalove’

By Sayantani DasGupta There’s a character on television’s The Vampire Diaries who is called “Vampire Barbie.” Which I think is kind of ironic. Because on the one hand, vampires aren’t supposed to see themselves in mirrors – and yet, that’s what the cultural icon of Barbie is all about. A certain kind of unattainable, … [Read more...]

Love in the Time of Contradiction

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A few posts ago, I shared the book All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks.This book is amazing for it taught me to redefine love as an action and not as an object to desperately yearn for or use as a bargaining chip. To put it in hooks words, "Love is as Love does" and "Love is a verb, not a feeling". In essence, if a parent, … [Read more...]