Individuality and uniqueness is something that isn’t afforded to black women; instead, we’re expected to fit into one suffocating box of limited stereotypes. Instead, treat each and every black woman you crush on like an individual. Don’t expect black women to twerk, to be angry, or to be promiscuous. Try to think of a black woman as an individual, and not as the chosen speaker for a whole diverse group. Packaging and repackaging this message is how the Manosphere grows its audience.
The emphasis of the bibliography is on Black feminist traditions in the United States – feminism, womanism, and Africana womanism.. Furthermore, black women in other parts of the world, under different social, economic and political systems, bring their distinct histories, issues, cultures and experiences to feminist movement and subjectivity 4. Nonetheless, some black feminists in the U.S. have focused on the common concerns of women of African decent throughout the Diaspora. These theorists have looked to the Diaspora as a source of empowerment and to interpret the black female experience in the United States. Black American feminists, as this bibliography illustrates, represent a diversity of viewpoints and activities.
In order to locate and identify a phenomenon such as ‘Black feminism’, the contexts of academic convention, cultural domination and cultural currency become determinate factors. Any analysis of the recent emergence of an identifiable field of Black feminist criticism, or Black feminist politics, has to include a keen sensitivity to the marked inscriptions of difference and specificity, of connection and visibility within the field. Before Beyoncé, Taylor Swift accused Nicki Minaj of pitting «women against each other» when she shed light on black women’s plight within the music business. Instead of trying to understand Minaj’s position on the power structure in music, Swift became defensive. The press demonized Minaj, portraying her as an angry black woman while praising Taylor Swift. I’m a woman who cannot neglect the fact that race, class and gender identity are inextricably bound together.
I wouldn’t really consider this as a con, as you shouldn’t make jokes that would be considered sexist anyway. Just as noteworthy, the LGBTQ interviewees set up the expectations of equality from the outset of dating, not after it. This approach shifted their understanding of what was possible for intimate relationships, BridgeOfLove and they, for the most part, had more equal, long-term relationships as a result. I had always assumed that my fiancée had never been harassed or assaulted. She patiently informed me that she had, on several occasions, been catcalled, groped, and propositioned—as if that was an inevitable fact of life.
As an able-bodied woman, again, I will stay in my lane, but intersectionality has to include a solid platform for disabled people — and not just the visible disabilities. If you have disabled family or friends, please make the effort to listen and learn about their lives and their experiences. Disabled folks are subject to shaming and violence because humans are awful and lack empathy. Be mindful of others who mock disabled people; that kind of cruelty is inexcusable. She points out that the reason people are so shocked when she takes her clothes off is that we are simply not used to seeing women’s bodies —ordinary bodies — presented in a non-sexual way. In her book, she rages against a culture ‘which insists women must be either whores or good girls’ and a society ‘where a woman can have a brain or a body — but not both’.
I grew up with Jewish (Israeli and non-Israeli) friends and Palestinian friends. Before even understanding how power and oppression worked together, we understood the trivial hatred that colonized and put in constant danger the lives of Palestinians every single day. Beyond the lovely cushioning, happiness and support that we receive from our platonic relationships (which are, in all honesty, soul-feeding and essential), feminists also date!
Already, Samuels was a fixture of the Black gossip blogs for his viral put-downs and for his interviews with Nicki Minaj, Future, and the social media influencer Brittany Renner. Those same blogs were quick to hypothesise about the chaotic circumstances of Samuels’ death and echo reports that the ultimate high-value man died broke. Casually drawing on relationship and income statistics, Samuels delighted in playing the role of market adjuster and scolding “average” Black women for pursuing Black men in the Talented Tenth – good-looking men with minimum six-figure incomes, no kids, no priors, and no hangups in bed. According to Samuels, guys mainly wanted women who were “fit, feminine, friendly, cooperative and submissive”. He barely had patience for callers who defied that description, and regularly played those clashes with them for laughs.
His mother supported the family as a secretary, “but she was an artistic soul.” She painted, sculpted and played the piano, which gave him freedom when he decided he wanted to be a writer at an early age. There is no one way of being Black, and being Black as a first generation American can be a uniquely different experience altogether. Redux talks about a variety of topics such as gentrification to their personal experience with the September 11 tragedy. If you need a crash course on how to be an intersectional Black feminist, this is a good crash course to fit in your bag if you are on the go.
You may scratch your head at this one, but much like racism and misogynoir, being pro-sex worker is a necessary pillar of dismantling the patriarchy. I don’t mean pro-sex worker in the sense where non-sex workers write op-eds and think pieces about how sex work is amazing and feminist. Her parents split up when she was 14 — a traumatic experience for her; she was collected by her mother one day after school and ‘we simply never went home’. She and her two sisters were plunged into a life of poverty. She has been stripping off since — all the while researching this book, in which she points out that, across the world, the issue of what women wear, or fail to wear, is masking much more dangerous issues. One of the main arguments in this book is that women’s bodies are still at the mercy of state, society or church.
All of us were grappling with our positionality relative to white-centric academia and masculinism. CRC worked to bring media attention to the Roxbury murders, in which 12 Black women and one white woman were found dead in the Roxbury-Dorchester neighborhood. CRC produced a collection of pamphlets condemning the homicides and pointing out the racial and sexual violence faced by women of color. Barbara Smith argued that “if you are married or heterosexual, whatever, all kinds of women are at risk for attack in different kinds of circumstances. And in fact, most women are attacked by the men they know.” CRC organized both a rally that brought hundreds of people to the streets and pressured the Boston Globe to move its coverage of the murders from its sports section to headline news. Black feminism has produced an influential analysis and approach to combating all forms of oppression — particularly patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism — within a common struggle known as identity politics.
Many of the writers bear witness to misunderstandings and divisions between women of colour themselves. As a political grouping that amalgamates African-American, Asian-American, Latina and Native American women, ‘Women of Colour’ broaches and re-evaluates the notion of Black feminism and necessarily includes within itself urgent questions of cultural, racial and social affiliation. Brought into political visibility out of conflict with a predominantly White feminist movement, ‘Women of Colour’ do not become the automatic site of resolution. The direct challenge to a White-dominated feminism and the continual calls for a more broad-based movement that allows for different cultural/racial communities and politics are significant aspects of This Bridge Called My Back. The concentration on relationships between women offers a scrutiny of class, race and cultural issues that promises to assault any notion of feminism as a stable place to usher in others.
And this was against the backdrop of Black women having a tough enough time being taken seriously online, let alone settling down. Black women who aren’t shackled by respectability politics — the self-policing of behavior in order to be accepted by mainstream culture — are still unfairly judged by mainstream feminist standards. Still, white feminists should cheer us on, taking notes from Kate Forristall’s «Formation Doesn’t Include Me –– And That’s Just Fine.» Because there is a real threat of mistreatment and murderin police custodyfor black women, we can’t easily skim past that kind of news on our Twitter feeds.
As a woman, I know that sometimes talking about gender with a male partner – even if he’s well versed in all things feminist – can feel exhausting. Sometimes I don’t want to chat with someone who only has a theoretical understanding of gender oppression. Mikki Kendall’s collection of essays Hood Feminism focuses on contemporary feminism and explores the way it fails to be inclusive for all women; instead, it is positioned to support a select few. Kendall uses her own experiences to breakdown the feminist movement in a bold, but necessary, follow-up to the bell hooks’ criticism of the feminist movement in Ain’t I A Woman.