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Is Slutwalk the End of Feminism?

Without a critical self-awareness and a willingness to address and act upon the structural, economic, and political problems that face women and others, Slutwalk is in danger of becoming the Halloween of feminism: the one day of the year when women feel empowered to dress in scanty clothes and call themselves sluts, but which leaves them without the power with which to actually make and create the kind of change that goes beyond an Obama slogan.

Isle of Manji: Interview with Irshad Manji [28 March, 2007]

Irshad Manji is a Canadian Muslim lesbian whose book, The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith was published in 2003 and re-published with the title The Trouble with Islam Today in 2005.  She was in Chicago on Feb. 13 for two events: a meet-and-greet and interview at Roosevelt University, and an evening lecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

What follows is the interview conducted at Roosevelt.

Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism [27 January, 2010]

By Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein; Seal Press; 221 pages

Krista Jacob's Abortion Under Attack: Women on the Challenges Facing Choice [11 April, 2007]

Edited by Krista Jacob; Seal Press; 250 pages.

Presidential candidates may be scrutinized for their stances on both gay marriage and abortion, but their ideas on the latter are more likely to determine their political futures. Abortion Under Attack: Women on the Challenges Facing Choice, an anthology with a pro-choice perspective, is the latest contribution to this intensely polarizing topic.

Rebecca Walker's Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence [28 March, 2007]

By Rebecca Walker; Riverhead; 224 pages

I’ll never have or adopt children.  I’m quite fond of all my friends’ kids, who are decent and sensible souls.  We talk on occasion, but end up terrifically bored with each other after ten minutes.  Babies scare me and I’ve never felt the urge to have or hold one.

The Two Stories of Mukhtaran Bibi [July/August 2005]

Some years ago, I found myself in a dental office run by an amiable dentist and his wife who was also the hygienist. A popular television magazine show had recently run a segment on dowry deaths in India. As they prepped their instruments, the two began their round of small talk and eventually reached the topic of bride burning. Discovering that I was originally from the subcontinent, and despite my reassurances that I wasn’t about to suffer the same fate, the woman implored me, “Don’t go back!”
 
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