A little pearl of wisdom

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. A little pearl of wisdom Around this time two years ago, I was huddled up on the stairs behind Friedl with tears running down my cheeks, shaking uncontrollably. I remember calling my dad at work […]

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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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Dove Has A Beauty Problem

This post was originally published at Ms. Magazine. In April, I posted Dove’s Real Beauty campaign video on my Facebook with the caption, “You’re more beautiful than you think.” At first glance, this video seemed comforting, almost therapeutic as an antidote against our airbrushed versions of beauty typified by Hollywood and glossy magazine covers. Instead of telling women […]

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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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F*******

Originally published on April 16, 2012 at Develle Dish, Duke’s feminist blog Dear ________, Could you please send this blurb about Feminist Week to your listserv? The flyer about the week’s events is attached. Thanks! —— Response: “I wish this was something we could endorse…” “Inclined to say no….” “Feminism in general has a kind […]

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Duke Write(H)er Series: First Workshop With LC Coleman of Colored Girls Confidential

DUKE WRITE(H)ER SERIES Introduction to the Duke Write(H)er Workshop Series: For the Spring of 2013, I was accepted to be a part of the Duke Write(H)er series consisting of writing workshops with well known and gifted women writers and journalists. These retreat/workshop/dinner events, hosted by the Duke Women’s Center, feature influential feminist journalists such as […]

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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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