Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: SlutWalk NYC, Wall Street, & Immigration

SlutWalk on this Saturday, October 1st in NYC. Be there!!! (Unless like me, you have to get a root canal.) There are so many reasons to go. What will happen if the media continues to ignore the Wall Street occupation? In fact, the answer  to that question is already playing out, as numerous videos capture violent treatment and arrests of protesters. Check out Occupy Wall … Continue reading Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: SlutWalk NYC, Wall Street, & Immigration

Linkety Links: Rape in Prisons, White Privilege and Feminists, Hotels, Pervs, and More!!

Its been awhile, friends and readers!! I’ve been bouncing around, adjusting to a summer job and detoxing my brain from school. But I haven’t stopped reading!! Here are some of the pieces that have caught my eye as of late. Happy perusing! <3 Why that Harvard/Tufts Study Isn’t Breaking News Racialicious: “Another week, another head-scratching study result. Or so you’d think, right? The study, conducted by researchers at … Continue reading Linkety Links: Rape in Prisons, White Privilege and Feminists, Hotels, Pervs, and More!!

Happy Election Day!

Today’s midterm voting results will probably usher many new faces into Congress.  If you aren’t quite sure where to vote, it’s easy to find the location of your polling place here:

http://www.vote411.org/pollfinder.php

Today it seems fitting, however, to take a moment to note the incredible number of Americans who do not have the right to vote.  Michele Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, writes in a piece for Mother Jones that “there are more African Americans under correctional control today—in prison or jail, on probation or parole—than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.”  Alexander discusses the effects of the drug wars: in many states African American men make up 80-90% of drug arrests even though they do not make up the majority of drug offenders. With conviction comes disenfranchisement.   Enfranchising all citizens in the United States has long been an uphill battle, one that is not yet complete.

Today Kyle Bella wrote a piece for ColorLines explaining this and another barrier that prohibit people (of color) from voting: Continue reading “Happy Election Day!”

Freeing Society in “They Don’t Care about Us” by Michael Jackson

by Monica Stancu

In Discipline and Punish: the Birth of the Prison, Michel Foucault argues that there is a direct connection between the modern legal system and power relations. According to him, the legal system, with its police, prisons and constant surveillance of the population represents a manifestation of power and is used as a political tool to further restrict and repress society. Foucault’s philosophical principles may be applied to the reading of Michael Jackson’s controversial video, They Don’t Care about Us (1996), which was set in a prison. In the video, the singer claims that the dominant class in America uses its political power to abuse and manipulate the people by keeping them not only in a physical jail, but also in a “metaphorical” psychological jail by withholding information and making false accusations. Continue reading “Freeing Society in “They Don’t Care about Us” by Michael Jackson”