Book Review: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

by Cara December 6, 2011

Few find it surprising that Jim Crow arose following the collapse of slavery. The development is described in history books as regrettable but predictable given the virulent racism that gripped the South and the political dynamics of the time. What is remarkable is that hardly anyone seems to imagine that similar political dynamics may have [...]

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Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

by Cara January 5, 2011

ETA (8/29/2012): Rebecca Kumar’s open letter regarding this book is important to read and intellectually engage with. Most specifically, I agree that it is important for both Skloot and reviewers — particularly white reviewers, including myself — to acknowledge that the “creative non-fiction” in which the book traffics is not “entirely fact,” as I previously [...]

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Book Review: Promises I Can Keep

by Cara February 15, 2010

I’m the kind of person who hoards books, and finds difficulty getting the the time to read them all within what most people would consider to be an even remotely reasonable timeframe. While that’s something I’m working on getting under control, the consequence is that I’m also the kind of person, who, if she ever [...]

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50 Books for Problematic Times

by Cara August 3, 2009

About a month ago, Newsweek released a list of “50 Books For Our Times” — 50 books that open a window to the modern world in which we live. RMJ at Deeply Problematic reviewed this list, and noticed that, apparently, the modern world is remarkably white, male and straight. The writers on this list were, [...]

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Yes Means Yes LiveChat at Feministe

by Cara February 20, 2009

I will be participating in a livechat today at Feministe at 3PM EST to discuss the anthology about sexual violence called Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. The chat will be moderated by Feministe blogger Rachel, and also feature YMY contributors Toni Amato, Hanne Blank, Heather Corrina, and [...]

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Yes Means Yes Live Chat

by Cara January 31, 2009

On Monday February 2, I will be participating in a live-chat on Feministing with Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti, the editors of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World Without Rape.  Also participating are Feministing bloggers and fellow Yes Means Yes contributors Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Miriam Perez. Did I never officially [...]

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Remedial Lessons in Consent

by Cara December 5, 2008

I’m reading Subject to Debate by Katha Pollitt, which is an old collection of her columns from the 90s.  It’s an interesting history lesson on what was going on in progressive politics back when I was too young to care.  I love Katha.  But in one column (Precious Bodily Fluids) about a guy who accused [...]

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John Lennon in the News

by Cara November 23, 2008

Newsflash: The Vatican has pardoned John Lennon for saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Yeah, apparently they were still upset about that. I bet that wherever John is, he’s very pleased. After all, he was very sorry about his comments. Just look at how sorry he was: He apparently also said later: [...]

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A Few Feminist Reads

by Cara May 24, 2008

So I joined this meme thing called Weekly Geeks. Every week a different challenge/theme is chosen and participants go and do it on their own blog (if they wish). Dewey, who runs Weekly Geeks, is a good friend of mine, which is part of the reason I joined. The other reason is that I figured [...]

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A Crazy 24 Hours

by Cara April 25, 2008

I’ve been waiting to weigh in on the latest of the Amanda Marcotte controversies: the images in the book. I’m not going to rehash it all here; if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click the link because Holly explains it all. I haven’t read the book or even seen it in person. So, [...]

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