Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Duke, Speaks to First-Year Students

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visited Duke University last night to talk to first-year students about ‘Americanah,’ Duke’s summer reading pick for 2014. It was a remarkable event, that notably began and ended in thunderous applause and a standing ovation for Ms. Adichie. Adichie was witty and sharp as she addressed issues of intersectionality in her novel, […]

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“Finding Community”

It was great fun to be interviewed for this podcast series on social media produced by the Thompson Writing Program Digital Writing & Pedagogy Lab. In “Finding Community,” I talk about the influential role of social media in shaping my feminist identity as both writer and activist.

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Decoding Feminism for Male Allies

A guy friend sent me his qualms about the feminist movement and this is my response. I think feminists need to make more of an effort to explain feminism without being defensive, so I welcome the opportunity to do so! Dear Danielle, I’m going to apologize in advance and say that this post is a […]

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Katarina Witt: Diplomatic On And Off The Ice

A version of this post was published at Ms. Magazine. As part of their Nine for IX series, ESPN aired the new documentary, “The Diplomat,” on Tuesday night, featuring skating icon, Katarina Witt. The film traces the career and legacy of the two-time back-to-back Olympic Gold medal figure skater from East Germany, placing her achievements on […]

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Huma-Shaming, Sexting, and Slutbags

A version of this post was published at Ms. Magazine. During his bid for New York City Mayor, Anthony Weiner found himself in the spotlight once again for another batch of sexts and explicit photos that he sent to women under the alias “Carlos Danger.” Post-scandal, however, the media tired of discussing Weiner and instead moved to the […]

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Feminism Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All

This article was originally published on PolicyMic. You can read it HERE. Last spring I submitted an entry to Michele Norris’ Race Card Project, a forum for an “honest” conversation about race in just six words. My six words were “White Feminism. I live with contradiction” and underneath my entry, I explained: “I’m proud to be a feminist, […]

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Write(h)ers: The Feminist Future is Happening Right Now — Online

This article was originally published on PolicyMic. You can read it HERE This spring, Duke University gave undergraduate feminist writer-activists an introductory course in “#femfuture: Online Revolution” through Write(h)ers, a semester long speaker series featuring feminist women in the fields of journalism, media, and broadcast journalism. Over the spring semester, Jill Filipovic, Irin Carmon, Rebecca Traister, Heather Havrilesky, Maria Ebrahimji, and LC Coleman visited Duke to […]

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The Personal is Political: In Defense of Women’s Studies Programs

This piece was cross-posted on Feministe. You can read it HERE. On Tuesday January 29, North Carolina Republican Governor, Pat McCrory attacked Women’s Studies as an expendable and unproductive site of state educational funding as part of his commitment to more vocational training in higher education. “If you want to take gender studies, that’s fine. […]

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Can’t Say It, Don’t Legislate It [it=v*****]

Original post date: 6/17/12 “Okay, now we’re going to talk about this all semester, so I want you to feel comfortable saying the words ‘vagina’ and ‘penis.’ Glad we got that out of the way.” And that’s how Middle School Health class started. Let me repeat… MIDDLE SCHOOL HEALTH CLASS. Apparently, it seems like this […]

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Women’s Issues Are Just “Shiny Objects” of Distraction

Original post date: 6/05/12 News Just In: Women’s Issues are Just “Shiny Objects” Of Distraction…. and the Importance of Social Issues Falls Down to the Bottom of the Totem Pole Seriously? The rights of 51% of the population are merely “shiny objects” distracting us from what really matters? The freedom to control our own bodies […]

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