Critical Conversations: Sheena Roetman on Body Sovereignty and Justice

Sheena Roetman

Sheena Louise Roetman is the editor of the groundbreaking website Sovereign Bodies which is centered around indigenous women’s health. "By putting the concept of bodily sovereignty at the center of the mainstream dialogue about human rights and social justice, it is intended to ignite important new conversations about sexuality, … [Read more...]

Privilege and Allyship: What They Look Like, and What You Can Do

Stephen Dann

By the Adios Barbie team Privilege. A hard thing to accept, let alone leverage in productive ways. But with intersectional feminism as a core tenet of Adios Barbie, it's something we're always thinking about — and always working to improve. Because "checking your privilege" isn't a one-time thing. It's a constant process of … [Read more...]

Me, My Hair, and My Brownness

Hair and Brownness

By Shailee Koranne for The Aerogram, cross-posted with permission Nine years old: I find a tube of hair removal cream in the bathroom. I decide to use it on my arms, but it takes too long and smells awful, so I get rid of the hair on one arm and not the other. I wear a turtleneck in the middle of June until it grows back. I don't … [Read more...]

The Empowerment Project: Meditations on Fear

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By Vanessa Leigh for SweetLeigh, cross-posted with permission People everywhere are constantly telling us to love ourselves. Especially now that body positivity is a "trending" topic. I really dislike the word and concept behind the word "trend"... It often feels hard and challenging to love ourselves, and I've written a little … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t the Literary Establishment Like Books By and About Women?

Easa Shamih

By Shani Gilchrist  This piece originally appeared on Role Reboot. Republished here with permission. Luckily, when I recently came across a New York Times essay by Jennifer Weiner about the increased pressure on female writers to tend to their looks, I was coming out of a difficult couple of weeks rather than going into them. … [Read more...]

10 Things All White Folks Need to Consider About the #BaltimoreUprising

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By Jamie Utt for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission As I reflect upon the most recent Baltimore Uprising taking place in the wider movement for racial justice in the United States, I can’t help but be simultaneously frustrated and inspired by the White people in my life. I’m inspired by White friends and mentors … [Read more...]

Excellence As a Survival Strategy for Black Women in Academia

University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment

By Dellea K. Copeland for Conditionally Accepted, cross-posted with permission I am a 22-year-old queer womyn of color, first-generation college graduate, first generation American. I wear my afro like it's 1969. I speak openly about patriarchy and racism. On my desk, you will find an American flag that says "Black Lives … [Read more...]

The Perils of Dating on OkCupid While Black

Kim Manley Ort

By Vanessa Willoughby for Literally Darling, cross-posted with permission Everyone seems to have a convenient solution for single people who have fallen into a monumental dating slump: Look for love online! In the age of instant gratification and lightning-speed technology, the 21st century meet-cute is about as romantic as … [Read more...]

Not Good Enough: Diversity and the Arts

Boi Boi Is Dead

By Alex Chisholm for Exeunt Magazine, cross-posted with permission So I said I would write something about "diversity." It is a topic I'm interested in, connected to in various ways. In particular, at the moment I am dramaturg on a production of Boi Boi is Dead by Zodwa Nyoni, produced by Tiata Fahodzi, West Yorkshire Playhouse … [Read more...]

The White Lie of Post-Racial America

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By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 I'm staring bleary-eyed at my television, listening to the news anchor tell me that yet another police officer will not be charged in the death of another person of color. I slump in my chair, emotionally fatigued by the injustice, horror, and blatant racism at play. Racism is so interwoven into our … [Read more...]