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The Conversation You Missed: Russia's Dissident Writers Spoke in New York City On Media, Literature, and Censorship

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 11:23 AM

Edward Snowden and Ludmila Ulitskaya exist in the same world. Ulitskaya, one of Russia's most famous novelists, scientists, and playwrights, and Edward Snowden, IT professional, former NSA contractor, and international whistleblower, have both practiced their right to free speech and have been met with unfavorable government response.

Ludmilla Ulitskaya,...

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In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attacks, France Must Look Beyond 9/11 Response

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 5:03 PM

On January 7 I sat at my work desk as I received news that the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo was attacked. I was saddened, but not surprised. I remembered the clippings a Professor first brought in when I studied abroad in Paris as an undergraduate, my...

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Mansplaining or Male Muting: Two Sides of the Same Coin

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 5:55 PM

A couple of years ago, a new term entered into the feminist lexicon, giving voice to a recurring experience that women undergo when they are explained to by men rather than spoken to: mansplaining. The term has recently become popular in the mainstream, particularly when discussing politics, especially the major...

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In Support of an "Explicit Material" Prompt on Facebook

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Last month Amina Tyler posted photos of herself topless on Femen Tunisia's Facebook page. In the first photo Amina had painted the words "Fuck Your Morals" across her chest and stomach and posed flashing the middle finger to the camera (or more accurately fingers). In the second photo,...

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: A Feminist by Any Other Name

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 6:05 PM

"I'm not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I'm a bourgeois. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day." These are the words former French first lady Carla Bruni uttered to Vogue in its latest issue. Regardless of the fact that Bruni...

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Ensler Premieres the Occupy Monologue

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 5:16 PM

This weekend, Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, debuted the newest addition to the Monologues, written about Occupy Wall Street. The program featured sixteen monologues with a finale by Ensler herself as a special production of Monologues with Occupy Wall Street, Vaginas Occupy...

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Lingerie And Love

(24) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 4:20 PM

I can't look at my closet. When I do, it's almost too much for me to bear -- I need to physically look away to save myself from the emotional intensity. No, this is not because I color-coordinate my closet so well that it causes a swelling of pride within...

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Women's Power and the Power of Photos

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 7:00 PM

I was recently at a party taking impromptu photos of friends when a girlfriend of mine turned to me and said "you are one of the few people I know who constantly carries their camera around with them as an essential; it's like your wallet or your phone! I think...

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Pen Pals in the Age of Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 3:22 PM

In a hyper-connected world where you date through OkCupid, talk with your family on Skype, catch up with your friends on Facebook, and engage the like-minded on Twitter, it's hard to imagine you can be, or need to be, even more connected. That's what I thought,...

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