White Feminists, we need to have a chat about this unruly beast we call feminism, and the intersection of race and sexuality. I like to assume that you mean well, but you’ve been fucking up quite a bit in the last few months, and I think it’s my duty as your presumptive sister-in-arms to do some minor course correcting for all our sakes. Read More For Feminists Who Resort To Racism When Slut Shaming Is Not Enough
For me, being a black feminist is all about being confident in who I am, loving myself , and wanting to support other black women. For the black feminist in your life, her definitions may be different. (For the love of God, just ask her.) But in the meantime, I’ll share with you a few of the gifts I’d have loved to receive as a young black feminist.
If you haven’t seen Nicki Minaj’s new “Anaconda” video yet, stop what you’re doing and watch it immediately! If you have seen it, then you already know that I love it. Ass, ass, everywhere. It’s a big booty black girl’s dream! But deeper than that, I love the way that it’s an expression of agency on Nicki’s part. She is a young, gorgeous and successful woman, and she’s earned the right to be just as raunchy as she wants to be. She’s never shied away from that and I love that about her. Read More Nicki Minaj’s #Anaconda And Reclaiming “Black Girl Sexy”
About all I can say about this week is that it wasn’t quite as awful as last week. The French Open seems to be bringing out the worst in people, politicians continue to be idiots, and dress codes continue to be absurd. But at least we’re getting some cool LEGOs! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Loves Feminism and SpaceX
On Tuesday afternoon, legendary author, feminist, and academic bell hooks led a panel entitled Are You Still A Slave? Liberating The Black Female Body at The New School. Joining her were author Marci Blackman, author and activist Janet Mock, and film director Shola Lynch. What followed was an instructive and interesting dialogue about the politics of black womanhood, sexuality, and creating anti-imperialist images within a heteropatriarchial, white supremacist society. Read More On bell hooks, Sexual Agency And Combating Sexual Stereotypes Of Black Women