Don Cornelius: 1936 – 2012

by Cara February 1, 2012

With my infrequent writing here, I’ve neglected the opportunity to previously mention over the last 18 months my obsession with and love of 1960s and 70s soul music (particularly though not exclusively Motown). And there is no such thing as 1970s soul (or 1970s style!) without the phenomenon that was Soul Train. This morning I [...]

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Jasmine: 1993 – 2011

by Cara October 12, 2011

Jasmine “Mink” Kulwicki June 4, 1993 – October 11, 2011 When I was ten years old, my parents decided that my brother and I could each have a cat. That week, I did something bad. No one remembers what, now. But it was bad enough that my right to bring home a cat was revoked [...]

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by Cara November 25, 2010

Dear  J, On this Thanksgiving and somber anniversary, I’d like to say that I am thankful — thankful to have had you as a part of my life, and to have been a part of yours. Two years later, I still miss you. Eddie Kendricks – You Are the Melody of My Life I’ll never [...]

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North Carolina and Withdrawal of Consent: UPDATES

by Cara September 28, 2010

Trigger Warning for graphic descriptions of rape and discussions of rape apologism. Last week, I wrote about a disturbing news story out of North Carolina, in which a rape case was dismissed by the district attorney on the basis of a 1979 court ruling that stated a person cannot withdraw consent to sex once it [...]

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Blogging Against Disablism Day: Ableism and Abuse

by Cara May 1, 2010

Trigger Warning for graphic descriptions of neglect and abuse against people with disabilities. Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day, which takes place on May 1st of every year. At this blog, I tend to write an awful lot about different forms of violence and abuse against women. I’ve talked in the past about various ways [...]

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Blogiversary: The Curvature Turns 3

by Cara April 18, 2010

Today, April 18th, is the third anniversary of this here blog. And with it comes a full blog redesign! Lord knows that it was well past being due. For the brand spanking new logo, I’m enormously indebted to Marcus R. Gregory. He created the banner, was incredibly lovely and patient with me through the process, [...]

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Rape: the sinister blame game

by Cara February 16, 2010

A new UK study shows that most people still blame rape victims at least some of the time — and women are even more likely to victim-blame than men. I offer my analysis on these findings in my first ever piece for the Guardian. A new survey by the Havens service for rape victims shows [...]

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One Million

by Cara January 8, 2010

I’m proud and honored to announce that this past Sunday, January 3rd, The Curvature hit its 1,000,000th visitor since its humble beginnings two and a half years ago. So, I wanted to take this moment to thank all of the readers, commenters, people who send in tips, and especially all of the other feminist-type bloggers [...]

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Discussion on Rape Culture on Womanist Musings Blogtalk Radio Podcast

by Cara October 10, 2009

Tomorrow, Sunday, October 11 at 8pm EST, I’ll be on the Womanist Musings Blogtalk Radio show. Melissa McEwan from Shakesville and I will be discussing rape culture, as well as the Roman Polanski case, with Renee Martin and her podcast co-host Monica Roberts from Transgriot. I’m not quite entirely sure at the moment what I’ll [...]

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The Deal With Disability

by Cara September 25, 2009

Via Womanist Musings, I’ve come across a great blog called The Deal With Disability. The blog is written by Eva, a woman with cerebral palsy, and chronicles her experiences with how people treat her — from ignoring her, to being over-bearing and patronizing, or treating her like a child. Sometimes she writes about the experience; [...]

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