27 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Fighting Against Women’s Oppression All Over Again

I’ve such a horrible case of déjà vu right now. Anyone else remember how the oppression of women in Afganistan was used as a polemic and rhetorical device to justify the occupation of the country and distinguish between “us” and “them?” Of course, taking nothing away from this woman, my statement does not mean that […]

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05 June 2009 ~ 0 Comments

New Media – SOS_Slaves – Game for Sands of Silence

This week I had the opportunity to give what little insight I had on a gaming project for the documentary Sands of Silence, produced by activist film-maker Chelo Alvarez-Stehle. It is a first-person role-playing game where the gamer assumes the character of a girl from either Africa, Nepal or Mexico and is taken through the […]

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29 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Quote of the Week – Gay Issues Are Women's Issues

“Gay issues are also women’s issues because homophobia is a form of misogyny.” -Jennifer Beals, New York Times Talk This statement might be a no-brainer for some. The most obvious example is when flamboyant homosexual men are hated on for their ‘femininity’ and labeled as ‘not men enough.’ That is misogyny, defined as hatred or […]

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20 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Made in LA Humanizes the Immigration Debate

I recently had the chance to view this documentary at the Immigrant Solidarity Network in Chicago. And now I have the opportunity to blog about it. Made in L.A. is an Emmy-award winning film that tells the story of three Latina immigrants working in garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win […]

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09 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

The Archipelago of Detention

No crime means no police. What makes the presence and control of the police tolerable for the population, if not fear of the criminal? This institution of the police, which is so recent and so oppressive, is only justified by that fear. If we accept the presence in our midst of these uninformed men, who […]

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06 April 2009 ~ 7 Comments

Top 5 Bollywood Lesbian Icons

What is a lesbian or gay icon? A gay icon or LGBT icon is a historical figure, celebrity or public figure who is embraced by many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities; the term Dykon, a portmanteau of the words “dyke” and “icon,” has recently entered the lexicon as a word to describe […]

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04 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Morons of the Week: The 'Good' Taliban

Video Credit: Times Now Lets be honest and forthright. There is no such thing as a ‘good Taliban.’ And now, due to their latest sickening act in Pakistan, they may just have lost the sanctuary given to them by the ‘West.’ Flogging a young woman openly in the name of Islam is pure cowardice. To […]

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01 February 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Morons of the Week: Pramod Mutalik and the Shri Ram Sena ('The Indian Taliban')

President Obama, please don’t close Gitmo! We may have found the perfect candidates for that place. Download Someone find me the Hindu scripture that says women should be molested and assaulted brutally for drinking or visiting a pub. Jayanth Kodkani of Times of India is right on mark with his analysis of the attacks as […]

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31 January 2009 ~ 0 Comments

An Eye Towards Gender

My CSU East Bay Lecturer, Dr. Sarvasy, would be proud that I haven’t forgotten one of the valuable lessons that she passed onto students: the gender lens. We just posted an article, “Top 100 Gender Studies Blogs” (http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2009/top-100-gender-studies-blog/). I thought I’d bring it to your attention in case you think your readers would find it […]

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06 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Size Zero Not for Indian Women

Shilpa Shetty (of Big Brother fame) blasts the concept of size zero in this video, stating that “Indian women cannot be size zero.” Addendum: Unless you are petite and flat-chested. I think it is high-time. What began as a cultural phenomenon in the United States with a group of ultra-thin fashion models on the catwalk […]

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