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As tears, rage, and protest accompany the fallout from the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old Missouri teenager, the investigation seems to be missing a crucial piece.

Even as the Ferguson Police Department has turned over its investigation to St. Louis County police and the FBI has opened up a parallel investigation into the shooting, no official has spoken with Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown at the time of the shooting.

MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee spoke with Johnson, who described the episode in which Brown was reportedly accosted, assaulted, and shot by a police officer just days before he was set to begin college.

Lifestyle feminism ushered in the notion that there could be as many versions o f feminism as there were women. Suddenly the politics was being slowly removed from feminism. And the assumption prevailed that no matter what a woman’s politics, be she conservative or liberal, she too could fit feminism into her existing lifestyle. Obviously this way of thinking has made feminism more acceptable because its underlying assumption is that women can be feminists without fundamentally challenging and changing themselves or the culture. For example, let’s take the issue of abortion. If feminism is a movement to end sexist oppression, and depriving females of reproductive rights is a form of sexist oppression, then one cannot be anti-choice and be feminist. A woman can insist she would never choose to have an abortion while affirming her support of the right of women to choose and still be an advocate offeminist politics. She cannot be anti-abortion and an advocate of feminism. Concurrently there can be no such thing as “power feminism” if the vision of power evoked is power gained through the exploitation and oppression of others.

—bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody (via oldfrnd)

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