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In this time of protests against anti-Black violence, this issue brings together a range of essays that highlight the multifaceted work required to dismantle white supremacy and create a just world. The Feminist Studies editorial collective’s opening statement, “Anti-Black Violence, Police Brutality, White Supremacy,” grieves the many Black lives lost to police brutality, racial capitalism, and COVID-19 and pledges solidarity with efforts to achieve justice for Black people. Several essays in this volume advance the necessary work of examining structural racism in its myriad guises. Heather Berg’s analysis of the #MeToo movement and Julienne Obadia’s analysis of the movement to recognize polyamory as a sexual orientation find that both movements adopt an individualizing politics of white, middle-class respectability that looks to the law and the state for protection; in so doing, both movements erase the needs and experiences of people of color and working-class people. Minh-Ha T. Pham’s essay about making face masks, Jaime Madden’s commentary about socioeconomic divides pervading online instruction, and Callie Danae Hirsch’s artwork each respond to the effects of structural racism brought into stark relief by the COVID-19 pandemic. The next three authors featured in this issue grapple with the ethical and methodological complexities of doing feminist research and activism. Aslı Zengin reflects on the challenges of conducting ethnographic research in Turkey, Su Holmes explores what feminist research may offer to women struggling with eating disorders, and Becky Thompson offers two poems featuring the dilemmas faced by an aid worker assisting refugees in Greece. Three additional essays interrogate the relationship between gender and conceptions of home. Focusing on writings by prominent male nationalist figures in early twentieth-century India, Gyanendra Pandey explores the contrast between these men’s domestic lives and their proclaimed commitments to reforming Indian womanhood. Cynthia Belmont and Angela Stroud explore how the survivalist magazine Offgrid encourages “disaster consumerism” as a means for white, middle-class men to salvage their masculinity in the name of protecting their homeland. Elizabeth Currans highlights how participants in the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival struggled, over time, to make it more hospitable to people of color and to genderqueer, non-binary, and transwomen participants. We close the issue on a hopeful note with pieces that illuminate the transformative power of feminist lineages of learning and collective knowledge-making. In her poems about making lace and crochet, Dana Sonnenschein foregrounds women’s history of teaching each other “the art of making something of absences.” Anna Guevara and Maya Arcilla describe recent activism by feminists against Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s draconian Anti-Terrorism Law. Shelley Streeby’s review essay underscores how working-class, Black, feminist author Octavia Butler continues, even after her death, to inspire writers, artists, and activists to engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and intersectional feminist world-making. With its sustained attention to racial, sexual, economic, and ecological forces, Butler’s speculative fiction serves as a vital resource for envisioning justice and making equity a shared reality.




Anti-Black Violence, Police Brutality, White Supremacy
Statement of the Feminist Studies Editorial Collective

Heather Berg
Left of #MeToo
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Julienne Obadia
Responsibility, Respectability, Recognition, and Polyamory: Lessons in Subject Formation in the Age of Sexual Identity
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Minh-Ha T. Pham
“How to Make a Mask”: Quarantine Feminism and Global Supply Chains (Commentary)
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Callie Danae Hirsch
pandemic daydreams: Artist’s Statement (Art Essay)
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Aslı Zengin
A Field of Silence: Secrecy, Intimacy, and Sex Work in Turkey
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Su Holmes
“Why Hadn’t I Come Across This Sooner?”:
Exploring the Relationships between “Feminism(s)”
and “Eating Disorders”
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Gyanendra Pandey
Men in the Home: Everyday Practices of Gender in Twentieth-Century India
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Cynthia Belmont and Angela Stroud
Bugging Out: Apocalyptic Masculinity and Disaster Consumerism in Offgrid Magazine
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Elizabeth Currans
Transgender Women Belong Here:
Contested Feminist Visions at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival
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Anna Romina Guevarra and Maya Arcilla
The Source of Actual Terror: The Philippine Macho-Fascist Duterte (News and Views)
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Jaime Madden
Teaching Online: Issues of Equity and Access in Writing-centric Formats (News and Views)
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Shelley Streeby
Speculative Writing, Art, and World-Making in the Wake of Octavia E. Butler as Feminist Theory
(Review Essay)
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Creative Writing
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Becky Thompson
In the Slip Between Coasts; Cartography in Greece (Poetry)

Dana Sonnenschein
A History of Lace; The Great Chain of Being (Poetry)

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