Spivak and Hijabi Representation

Recently, there was a movement at Rutgers University where several women created a video in which they wore hijabs for a day (they do not normally where hijabs) and recounted their experiences. The goal of the video was to shed light on what hijabis go through and face in terms of disadvantages and harassment on a […]

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Spivak, the Subaltern, and Kutcher

Spivak’s argument in “Can the Subaltern Speak” is a challenge for allies to recognize their privilege in being heard, and not silence the oppressed in their allyship. Oftentimes, particularly in white activist communities, speak out can be synonymous with speak for. We try to understand foreign struggles by defining them in our own cultural terms. […]

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Change

http://www.today.com/parents/boy-wants-haircut-look-his-friend-trick-teacher-t108795 The article posted above is a viral story that I saw frequently across my Facebook feed all of last week. It is about a young boy who asked his parent if he could get the same haircut as his best friend so that his teacher could not tell them a part. The “giant” twist […]

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Love, Fear, and Empathy

I found bell hooks’ “Value: Living by a Love Ethic” to be incredibly relevant to our current political context. In this piece, hooks claims that “Awakening to love can happen only as we let go of our obsession with power and domination.” Thus, by this statement, hooks sets up a dichotomy in which power is a […]

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The “Subaltern” in South Carolina

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s piece, “Can the Subaltern Speak”, can easily be applied to news coverage of modern tragedies. For example, these ideas are relevant to the reporting of the massacre at Mother Emanuel church in Charleston on June 17, 2015. As Spivak says, the colonizer creates a narrative with knowledge collected from words rather than experiences. […]

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Intersectionality and Anita Hill

Anita Hill is an iconic figure in the history of women and sexual harassment. The documentary, Anita, is an expose on her journey of coming out with her story of the abuse she received from Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court nominee. She presented her story to an all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary Committee who accused Hill […]

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Response to The Guardian’s Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

This week I am responding to an article from The Guardian that is itself a response to criticisms of the Women’s March on Washington and related protests and marches across the country (and the world!) that occurred after Trump’s inauguration. I found this article while scrolling through my Facebook feed after our class a few […]

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Intersectionality in the Women’s March

  In light of the recent events, I thought it would be appropriate to share a video of actress America Ferrera’s opening speech for the Women’s March on Washington. In her speech, she addresses the refusal that a single politician can represent the great diversity of the United States, and highlights the necessity for unity […]

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