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Issue 39-1

In this second decade of the new millennium, we are frequently reminded of the power that structural forces have over people’s voices, bodies, and rights. The articles in this issue make clear that neither the search for resistance nor the forms it takes are simple matters. Our authors cover a range of topics from the transnational circulation of cultural products to how ideal bodies are imagined: they include musician Miriam Makeba’s antiapartheid politics, contemporary antiracist feminist debates in the United Kingdom, cross-national efforts to preserve artworks lost or destroyed during the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, sex education in early twentieth-century United States, how US belly dancers negotiate intrusive tipping practices, and the efforts to categorize bodies and bodily parts that exceed gender norms.

This issue also features two clusters focused on noteworthy contemporary events: the fortieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and the highly publicized gang rape case in Delhi. The essays, art, and creative work in this issue vary in their lessons about resistance: the history of abortion rights campaigns in Argentina illustrates the success of appealing simultaneously to multiple principles such as pragmatism, freedom, and justice; the problem of Islamophobia in the United Kingdom calls for increased clarity in articulating feminist relationships to cultural difference; and the wave of street protests against the gang rape in Delhi may not necessarily lead to feminist outcomes as far as the law is concerned.

And as we commemorate the historic US Supreme Court decision on abortion, we also witness a shifting terrain: while one feminist calls for a more vigorous celebration of abortion, another notes the weakening valence of the label “pro-choice,” while yet another warns that abortion rights discourse does not acknowledge disabilities as an important form of human difference.





Ruth Feldstein
Screening Antiapartheid: Miriam Makeba, “Come Back, Africa,”
and the Transnational Circulation of Black Culture and Politics

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Shari L. Dworkin, Amanda Lock Swarr, and Cheryl Cooky
(In)Justice in Sport: The Treatment of South African
Track Star Caster Semenya

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Athena Edmonds
Anger Management Kit (Poetry)
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Andrea Deagon
The Golden Mask: Tipping the Belly Dancer in America
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Priyamvada Gopal
Speaking with Difficulty: Feminism and Antiracism
in Britain after 9/11

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Isis Nusair
The Cultural Costs of the 2003 US-Led Invasion of Iraq:
A Conversation with Art Historian Nada Shabout
(Art Essay)
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Revisiting Roe v. Wade: Anniversary Cluster

Carly Thomsen
From Refusing Stigmatization toward Celebration:
New Directions for Reproductive Justice Activism

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Alison Piepmeier
"The Inadequacy of “Choice”: Disability and What’s
Wrong with Feminist Framings of Reproduction

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Dawn Laguens
Planned Parenthood and the Next Generation
of Feminist Activists

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Alissa Quart
Green Fairy; Obscene Supplement (Poetry)
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Barbara Sutton and Elizabeth Borland
Framing Abortion Rights in Argentina’s
Encuentros Nacionales de Mujeres

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Karen Weingarten
Talking Sex: The Rhetorics of Reproduction,
Sex Education, and Sexual Expression in the
Modern United States
(Review Essay)
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Christine Labuski
Vulnerable Vulvas: Female Genital Integrity
in Health and Dis-ease

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Sarah-Jean Krahn
The Impersonal is Poclitical (Poetry)
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News and Views Forum

Poulami Roychowdhury
“The Delhi Gang Rape”: The Making of International Causes
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Debolina Dutta and Oishik Sircar
India’s Winter of Discontent: Some Feminist Dilemmas
in the Wake of a Rape

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Cover Art

Front and Back Cover: Digital blend of Self Portrait II, 2012, by Hanaa Malallah; and title and date unknown, by Madiha Omar.

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