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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 309–324.
Published: 01 November 2018
... violence from male aggressors. Yet through its reliance on certain restrictions, gendered and otherwise, the portrait of the vulnerable girl that campaigners outline inadvertently prompts disidentifications as well. Copyright © 2018 Smith College 2018 #BBOG Bring Back Our Girls girlhood hawkers...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 246–268.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Back Our Girls campaign and my activist interest in combating violence against women, whether or not conflict is recognized. Contemporary Nigeria is marked by a range of conflicts and is significantly militarized as a polity. The Boko Haram insurgency in the North East is one of the more violent...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 229–245.
Published: 01 April 2021
... Tippy whined at the back door. Was she scratching to get out or in? Reading about Sally Ride in the newspaper, was our mother too busy to listen? First woman to fly through space, like Christopher Reeve in Superman . Along Evans Avenue, automobile engines droned. Geneva inspected my face. Do you...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 522–547.
Published: 01 December 2020
... by, resistant to, and/or complicit with maintaining the carceral state. Acknowledging that “the cops” have burrowed their way into our minds and our hearts, we must engage with—and most importantly, produce our own—activist-scholarship pushing back against a purist politics that mistakenly believes...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 133–149.
Published: 01 September 2018
... of “The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for Mr. Shaw,” “The ‘Black Girl’ as represented by Mr. Shaw corresponds with a very old type long gone out of date. When we view the character, we feel transported back to the days of Livingstone and Stanley.” She therefore updates this image by portraying a “modern...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 39–52.
Published: 01 April 2021
... to sleep! Rani herself never eats “packeted stuffs,” as she has heard the girls call it. Amma used to call it “junk food.” The desks are dirty, but not too bad, since there is a fine if they spill things on the keyboard. They also cannot bring anything from home, no dabbas . If they do, they must eat...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 484–507.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of their people and cultures. Similarly, Freya Stark’s 1938 photograph of a young Yemeni girl in her native attire and jewelry evokes something, in Stark’s own words, “‘very ancient, very remote and very beautiful, which may pass for ever from our world’” (Graham-Brown 1988 , 122). The Yemeni girl...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 184–204.
Published: 01 September 2018
... bring further violence upon her body), she does come to better understand her husband’s sense of ownership and entitlement over her being. Furthermore, in her inward journeying Janie begins to witness how boundless she can truly be. My conceptualizing of the resistant potential within black...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 161–182.
Published: 01 April 2019
.... In addition Hirsi writes in an email (September 11, 2014), “The film’s producer Ahmed Abdali and I have known each other since we were children growing up in the UK—we are, in fact, related since [one of] my sister[s] married his uncle and both our families go back a very long way from the Sultan period...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 152–160.
Published: 01 April 2019
... on so much bread as Pa brings platters of meat and olives and rice with affectionate pats and promises that all the pots are still full. In the hallway I am nine and I stand, alone, surrounded by thick, dark hair and pale olive skin, all pinned and mounted in so many frames. There are lush lips...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 279–295.
Published: 01 November 2018
... and wounded. I remember us discussing the incident on our taxi ride back to the office. There could not have been any confusion; at the meeting she had explicitly introduced herself with the pronoun she and clearly presented as a woman. The only conclusion we could arrive at is that the meeting organizer...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 383–400.
Published: 01 November 2018
... ). While her music is in line with many feminist ideals, she rejects the label. In her music, and in our interview, Kanyi embraces the dominant themes found in African feminism. She brings her Xhosa identity into her music and aesthetic, and uses that voice to speak out against sexism and patriarchy within...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 206–226.
Published: 01 April 2019
... girls bury the baby in a small garden, praying and crying with one another. After the burial, one returned to her flat and the other reported back to work. That fifteen-year-old girl was my mother. For months after the burial, the girls exchanged sad glances and secret nods, but these were placebos...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 13–21.
Published: 01 December 2020
...-American women. I was also aware of how difficult it was to produce Sage : difficult in the sense of bringing together scholars on the editorial board; of trying to persuade people institutionally to support it; of trying to convince people that the editorial time spent on the journal was worthwhile...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 32–64.
Published: 01 April 2020
... of a reverie in which she locates herself (and the reader with her) back in time when “Mama and Daddy” had made a home for her despite impoverished circumstances. In this period of her life, Moody’s nuclear family appears to stand apart from (“ours stood out from the others”)—even metaphorically above (“up...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 401–414.
Published: 01 November 2018
... was married and then she wasn’t and then she was again. When my mother was born, my susu Mukuta had already been unmarried. She had come back to her father’s home and moved in with my mother’s mother and her children. Our umau had given her sister, my susu Mukuta, a small plot of land and built her a small...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (S1): 87–111.
Published: 01 December 2020
... heavy fines and court fees, which then force them back onto the streets only to be arrested again. Such criminalization of women’s sexuality begins at a young age; girls are now the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system. Most often these girls are arrested for “status offenses...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (1): 25–48.
Published: 01 September 2018
... civilization,” at work in the University? There is a new force in Howard University that will bring help, inspiration, guidance, culture into the life of the women here. Already a coveted view down the long avenue of time has revealed the New Howard Woman as she is conceived by Dean Lucy Slowe, the new force...
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Meridians (2021) 20 (1): 193–217.
Published: 01 April 2021
... changes utterly, however, on the night he finds his wife standing in the kitchen alone in the dark. Alarmed at such unusual behavior, Mr. Cheong speaks to her in hopes of bringing her back from her somnambulistic state. When he fails to get any response, he walks toward her and touches her shoulder...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 183–205.
Published: 01 April 2019
... poised to inherit the position of head of his family, yet he has no desire to operate the empire as expected. Cathy’s disinterest awakens his desire to conquer her. He becomes consumed with bringing Cathy under his control, placing him within the earlier European colonizing tradition of men who were...