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Politicizing Art: DarkMatter and Words of Resistance

In my last essay, I argued that the demand that Muslims living in the West must denounce extremism and defend “real” Islam presupposes diffuse moral responsibility and guilt upon all Muslims, and simultaneously reifies oppressively Islamophobic presumptions about Muslims. 643 more words

Gender

DARKMATTER at La MaMa

Leftist politics and righteous anger from a queer, South Asian perspective are what drive the performance poetry of DARKMATTER, a talented and explosive duo consisting of Janani Balasubramanian and Alok Vaid-Menon. 453 more words

Reviews

the HAES® files: Beyond Awareness

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA

It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW) in the U.S. this week (February 23-March 1, 2014). When I learned that my regularly scheduled post would be this week, I immediately began to contemplate what “new angle” on the HAES approach and eating disorders (EDs) I should try to address. 1,206 more words

Eating Disorders

Because You're Brown Honey Gurl

Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balsubramanian, known collectively as Dark Matter, is a queer South Asian spoken word activist hive-mind. After their performance, the poets answered questions about their personal life, their poetry, and gossip gurls. 55 more words

Production

So I tried to make a pie...

In signing up for the Coast to Coast, we made the commitment to one another to try to eat healthier in preparation. I am terribly sweet addicted and eat far too few vegetables, so I felt compelled this year to take up the challenge of trying to eat in season and force ourselves to experiment with different vegetables. 554 more words

Physical