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On cultural exchange: Things we learned from our Grandmas

TweetThis piece was written in response to another essay entitled: “Culture Shock: How Straight Black Women Steal Black Gay Men’s Slanguage” written by Rashid Darden for the blog Dopalicious District. In his article, Rashid Darden talks about how it’s inappropriate for straight black women, some of whom are homoantagonistic, to appropriate gay black male culture, drawing from the popular [...]
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In India, special trainings and all-women peacekeeper units tackle sexual violence

TweetCross-posted from UN Women “If you were a UN peacekeeper in a conflict country, what would you do if you came across a badly wounded teenage girl who had been gang-raped? Which UN rules and regulations would you follow? What would be your responsibility?” These were just some of the questions that 56 UN peacekeepers [...]
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Displaced Ownership of Female Sexuality: The Case of the Purity Ball

TweetFrom virginity to marriage, we’ve historically witnessed the displaced ownership of women’s sexualities. Girls across the country participate in “purity balls” where they dress to the nines to pledge their virginities to their fathers. I wanted to write a piece critically assessing these purity balls, since they are an important part of our discussion of [...]
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Op-ed: A Global Goal on Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Women’s Empowerment

TweetIn a new editorial article, cross-posted from UN Women, Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Acting Head and Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, puts forth the organization’s call for a stand-alone goal to achieve gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 agenda, by focusing on three critical areas: safety, access and voice. From the [...]
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On being a male feminist

TweetI’m a cisgendered man and a proud feminist, pursuing a PhD in women’s studies. This fact solicits strange looks and even stranger comments from a host of interlocutors. Apparently, most people harbor very specific notions of what feminists and women’s studies majors look like, and I don’t quite measure up. For a lot of people, [...]
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