Theatre festival highlights women playwrights of colour

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Now in its twelfth year, the River Crosses Rivers II festival is one of the only events in America that highlights the works of women playwrights of colour. “The goal, simply put, is to give these women the kind of exposure that is provided by Ensemble Studio Theater, whose goal is to nurture individual theatre artists and to develop new American plays,” the festival website says. “The River Crosses Rivers II is a stellar lineup of playwrights whose voices add richness and texture to the American Canon.” The American Canon has not traditionally made a whole lot of space for women playwrights, and it’s made even less room for women playwrights of colour. The River Crosses River festival is one way to rectify that.

What Drives My Activism?

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Today is a bittersweet day for me – it is both my birthday, as well as the anniversary of my grandfather’s death.  This year marks the tenth year since his passing. My grandfather was a very special man.  Family was everything to him, and you could always count on my grandpa to come to your

Book Review: Broetry by Brian McGackin

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Toni Morrison is often quoted as saying, "If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it." When reading Broetry, one gets the sense that Brian McGackin set out to achieve just that. While I wholeheartedly disagree with his assertion that men are "left behind" when it comes to poetry (I wonder what e.e. cummings and Walt Whitman would say to that), I do agree that poetry may not be perceived by many as a stereotypically "masculine" pursuit. And certainly, if there's room in the poetry world for something as niche as Haiku for Jews, why wouldn't there be space for poetry about beer, action movies and Nicole Scherzinger?

New feature – Young women: unemployed and on the shelf?

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I'm writing this from my flat in Japan where the footage of the London riots and the subsequent polarising sentencing has made my home country appear strange and post-apocalyptic. Without my usual grounding calmness of the tractor-speed Somerset countryside to provide context, it looks from here as if the UK is falling into a pit of despair. Perhaps living in a country that has seen fully fledged disaster should put everything into perspective, but in the long term it doesn't.

Jail or Jesus? To SlutWalk or Not to SlutWalk; Questions of the Day

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If you’re a convict in Alabama and you had to choose between going to church or going to jail, which would you choose? Not only is this irrational but it is unconstitutional and just plain stupid. If you read the article you will find that this is a way to scratch off some taxpayer money, I think it is a way to make it easier on people. Perhaps a way to lessen the guilt?

7 October: ‘green scarves’ campaign in solidarity with Afghan women

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  I was fortunate to be able to attend ActionAid's IWD event in March, when four prominent women's rights activists from Afghanistan spoke of their experiences and the day-by-day struggles faced by many women in the republic (my review is here). I came away from the session feeling simultaneously very aware of my various privileges and frustrated that there seemed to be little I could do practically to show solidarity with Afghan women.

No Service: Women in Combat and Military Policy

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It’s been a big month for military news. In the United States, the discriminatory ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy was finally rescinded, putting the LGBQ in the US military. People no longer need to remain closeted to serve, although many servicemembers are still nervous about being out, for very understandable reasons. And yes, that was a deliberately dropped T; the US military continues a formal policy of discrimination against trans service members. Australia also announced a major policy shift, pledging to lift gender-based restrictions on combat roles in the next five years.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

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My boyfriend told me about Occupy Wall Street a day ago, then I came across this. Apparently, this red-headed girl and other roped off women got pepper sprayed in the eyes while peacefully protesting Wall Street by Officers. Kelly Schomburg and other protestors had to wait two hours in a police officer’s car only to get processed and wait in a holding cell for six. She eventually got charged for walking down Wall Street.

If we’re the majority, where’s the (media) visibility?*

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I’m starting to feel like a skipping record. Every so often there’s a local pro-choice event where my mates and I are invited to speak. I stand before an audience of likeminded students or professionals, talk about reproductive politics in the States, and end on a call to action: “We can’t win the fight for reproductive equality unless we counter anti-choice lies with facts and stories about our own experiences.”

Alabama tells offenders to pick between jail and Jesus

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The small town Bay Minette, Alabama is giving non-violent offenders a choice: Either go to prison for your crime, or go to church every Sunday! Church programs being used for paroles is not out of the ordinary. In the past, I’ve attended a church which doubles as a rehabilitation center and operates state licensed programs for recent paroles. There is nothing wrong with that. The paroles are not required to attend the church service-only meetings that are held on Saturdays, which are not religious.

Healthy is the New Skinny at Modern Mom Magazine

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Would you rather talk to your teen daughter about her sex life or her weight? If you chose the former, you’re not alone: a new study released this month by WebMD showed that nearly 22% of parents are uncomfortable discussing the dangers of being overweight with their kids, compared to only 12% of parents who feel uncomfortable discussing sex with their teenager.

An accidental rapist?

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The Good Men Project put together a powerful package on rape and sexual violence today. I recommend the particularly powerful pieces from GMP CEO Lisa Hickey and my wonderful colleague, Emily Heist Moss. My offering is called The Accidental Rapist. It begins:

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