Is it already that time of the week? Boy, that went fast. Welcome back, kids! Here we are again at Ladyblogs You Should Be Reading, a well-balanced part of a Persephone-inspired reading breakfast. This week, I want to concentrate on some spaces that while not always identified as “lady,” provide some dense (and sometimes hilarious) commentary on race in pop culture, politics and beyond.
Racialicious: Ok, but really, did you think I wasn’t going to put this on here? Edited and owned by the fabulous Latoya Peterson (who we interviewed here not too long ago), Racialicious is where to go when you need some real talk on the intersections between race and pop culture. With other fantastic contributors like Sexual Correspondant Andrea Plaid, Site Lead Arturo R. Garcia and special correspondents like Jessica Yee and Fatemeh Fakhraie, Racialicous has been providing a space that gets down to the nitty gritty about the stuff shown to us and what that reflects back to us. Check out recent articles like Mixed Media Watch: Love Bites and Single Ladies Showcase Interracial Relationships and The Dwayne McDuffieTribute That Wasn’t.
DISGRASIAN: Race and oppression gets heavy quick, so if you need a duo that’s going to pick it apart and make you laugh while doing so, then check out lovely ladies Jen and Diana over at DISGRASIAN. A hilarious combo who tag teams everything from Wendi Deng to Gwen Stefani’s token Harajuko phase, both Jen and Diana cover Asian American pop culture and politics with a no prisoners approach. Check out the blog, as well the duo’s YouTube channel and don’t say you weren’t warned.
Muslimah Media Watch: Dispelling myths and stereotypes around Muslim women, one brilliant article a time, Muslimah Media Watch is a safe space created and owned by Fatemeh Fakhraie (check her out on Persephone as well). The site gives a platform to the thousands of diverse experiences on what it means to be a Muslim woman, as well as talking about the many representations of Islamic feminism. Thought-provoking and not a stranger to telling it how it is, Muslimah Media Watch is taking a stab at Islamaphobia here in the U.S., as well as abroad by showing that Muslim women, however identified, have autonomy over themselves. Their voices aren’t going away any time soon, so check out great articles like Wood Turtles, Won’t Someone Think of the Menstruating Children?, a great follow-up from fellow Persephone writer, Millie, and her piece, Menstruating Publicly and Privately.
The Crunk Feminist Collective: A self-described “place of support and camaraderie for hip hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight… by building a rhetorical community, in which we can discuss our ideas, express our crunk feminist selves,” CFC aims to create consciousness for those seeking. Run by a group of folks whose pieces get the brain juices flowing, CFC brings it to the table with articles like Arielle Loren Asks “Is Beyonce the Face of Contemporary Feminism?” My Response and On Kreayshawn and the Utility of Black Women.
Oi With The Poodles Already: Jaded is a force of nature ““ writing on the every day microaggressive occurrences that are enough to make anyone’s head explode. She’s a pro, though, and her deconstruction of third world myths and d’oh moments in western feminism will make you think a step deeper into what it means to be allied with any cause. A self-identified (and apparently accused) POC meanie (with a trophy button that’s bound to give anyone the giggles), as well as a regular contributor at top notch spaces like Womanist Musings, FBOMB and SexGenderBody, Jaded is a writer that one must check out.
What say you, Persephone folk? What other spaces get your noodles turning? Who else deserves to be up on this list of badass folk?