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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Senior Story for Duke Women’s Studies, Sylvia Plath Honors Thesis Abstract

For the Spring 2014 Women’s Studies Newsletter, I wrote a “senior story” about my experiences coming into my feminism and, in turn, becoming a Women’s Studies major. The newsletter also includes an abstract from my senior thesis on Sylvia Plath on Page 11 of the attached PDF, pictured to the left.  (However, the correct title […]

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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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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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Sylvia Plath, Please Stop Haunting Me

This post was published on Thought Catalog. You can read it HERE!  You’re not a character. You’re not a narrator. You’re a ghost, Sylvia. And you’re haunting me. I feel the heat of your glare radiating from the grainy portraits of your published journals. I feel your presence wafting in the air from the books […]

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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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Should Feminism Be Part of a Required College Curriculum?

I wrote this as a final reflection in one of my Women’s Studies classes this semester where we presented a proposal that consisted of potentially adding a new requirement involving the study of race, gender, and sexuality to a pre-existing aspect of Duke’s current curriculum. Here are my thoughts, as usual in the form of […]

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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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White Feminism-2x the Contradiction

Original post date: 5/30/12 White Feminism: How come I had to read another essay about white privilege in order to really get it. That being a “white feminist” adds another layer to the contradictions and complexities of FEMINISM. Feminist Contradiction #1: I’m empowering women by embracing the feminine/what makes us women, while simultaneously rejecting what […]

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