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Sexual Exploitation Couched in Gender Roles…

Great blog post about gender roles!

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How Beyonce Harms Black Women

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Bell Hooks bell hooks at the New School via YouTube

I was delighted when bell hooks called Beyonce a terrorist. It isn’t because I have any particular scorn for the deified star, or that I actually think she is threatening, but more so it was simply a treat to see hooks getting some attention. And after all, calling a beloved celebrity in America a terrorist is, sadly, at the very least, newsworthy.

But I was let down, almost immediately, as it became another missed opportunity for much needed cultural scrutiny. The coverage was reduced to banal click­bait headlines, “Beyonce—a Terrorist?” and feminists calling other feminists bad feminists. Meanwhile, Bill O’Reilly, per usual, moralized sex for the conservative right. And The Atlantic, somehow thought it a good idea to try and compare hooks to O’Reilly, which was a goddamned travesty.

Nobody cared to give the black feminist who taught at Yale…

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QotD: Audre Lorde on sadomasochism

Anti-Porn Feminists

The s/m concept of “vanilla” sex is sex devoid of passion. They are saying that there can be no passion without unequal power. That feels very sad and lonely to me, and destructive. The linkage of passion to dominance/subordination is the prototype of the heterosexual image of male-female relationships, one which justifies pornography. Women are supposed to love being brutalized. This is also the prototypical justification of all relationships of oppression — that the subordinate one who is “different” enjoys the inferior position.

Audre Lorde

(Found at the Bewilderness)

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Educators: Investing in Student Achievement Means Investing in School Climate

Change From Within

While I was setting up for a recent bullying prevention presentation at a high school, a counselor expressed disappointment and frustration at some teachers’ reactions to having me come speak to their students.

“They don’t understand why we were spending time on an assembly and training like yours when we need to be focusing on achievement.”  It’s sadly a common refrain that I hear from teachers around the country.

And I get it!  Teachers are under tremendous pressure to improve test scores that measure very specific aspects of the student educational experience.  More and more, teachers livelihoods are one the line as districts tie teacher pay and teacher advancement to student achievement, a practice that is dubious in its research support to say the least.

But this is the environment in which teachers must practice their craft.  People are constantly looking over their shoulders, and teachers are under an…

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Never Forget…

Never Forget...

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People never let things go…

People never let things go…

Women, Books, And Orgasms

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Today, everyone with a smartphone is a photojournalist, able to capture all the strange, weird, tragic and funny moments of life on earth. Which means, it’s hard to find even tiny intimate moments that aren’t well-documented. When a former president gets his email hacked and portraits he painted of himself in the bathtub are released online, when pregnancy centers post graphic educational videos focused on the vagina of a woman as she gives birth on YouTube, we’ve arrived at a time when there are few moments that escape the collective gaze of online viewers. Moments of real intimacy are becoming elusive.

However, it seems, photographer Clayton Cubitt has found one. The genuine moment of a woman’s delight. The ecstatic moans captured are not faked for a porn film, or are the highlights of a celebrity sex tape, nor were they recorded by a boyfriend and released online as a cruel…

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