Dr. Roxane Gay takes the TEDWomen stage in May 2015 (Marla Aufmuth/TED)

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My mother refuses to call herself a feminist. During dinner table debates, wielding freshly sharpened silverware, I have fought to change her mind, pointing out the bra-burning evidence stacked against her:

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