The Affective Labor of Wikipedia: GamerGate, Harassment, and Peer Production.

Michael Mandiberg

The Wikipedia Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) just completed the process of sanctioning a number of editors over edits to the Gamergate controversy page. This has been a controversial decision, with many parties issuing statements, including the Wikimedia Foundation, two of the … Continue reading “The Affective Labor of Wikipedia: GamerGate, Harassment, and Peer Production.”

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Label C/Rip

Merri Lisa Johnson

  The DSM5 is finally finished.[i] As with all momentous occasions, most people are disappointed. Feminist critics cast the DSM in the role of your worst ex-boyfriend, the one who won’t stop following you around and whispering mean things in your … Continue reading “Label C/Rip”

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Happy Asexual Meets DSM

Kristina Gupta

  Overmedicalization, as every feminist, queer, and disability scholar knows, is a cornerstone of oppression. Yet traditional critiques of medicalization also have oppressive effects. For one thing, they typically fail to challenge stigma against sick people, preferring instead to simply … Continue reading “Happy Asexual Meets DSM”

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Occupy, Gaga

Victor P. Corona

Under review: J. Jack Halberstam. Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal. Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press, 2012.     The stardom of Lady Gaga has stimulated academic studies in ways that few celebrities typically have (aside from icons like … Continue reading “Occupy, Gaga”

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Why the Question of Palestine is a Feminist Concern

Neferti X. M. Tadiar

I was recently part of a fact-finding delegation to Palestine organized by the US Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. The delegation was composed of concerned academics and scholars based in the U.S., including myself. During our weeklong investigative trip, we were witness to multiple and varied testimonies to and clear evidence of the daily acts of violence, harassment and humiliation that Palestinians are subjected to, both massive and intimate. Individuals from several families living in Eastern Jerusalem told us their personal stories of being physically thrown out of their homes in the middle of the night, their houses pillaged and taken over by settlers (many of whom were only recently residents of the U.S.), their belongings strewn onto the streets only to be looted by morning, their children targeted to bear recurring nightmares of the punishing character of their eviction (being made to see, for example, the displayed burning of their dolls alongside that of their beds).

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New Middle Eastern Uprisings: Gender, Class and Security Politics in Iran

Manijeh Nasrabadi

You know times have changed when the question, “Is Iran next?” no longer refers to whether Iran will be the next target in the US “war on terror,” but whether or not it will be next to succumb to a wave of revolutions. I obviously don’t have the answer but I can say that there is a profound radicalization under way in Iranian society that overruns the boundaries of class and sweeps across the continuum from religious to secular.

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