Too often, people who don't explicitly identify as feminists are dismissed as uneducated, as oppressive, or as participating in their own oppression. This brilliant cartoon drawn by Ronnie Ritchie dissects some of the various reasons people might not identify with the feminist movement, which has been historically oppressive in its own ways. And check it out-- womanism gets a shout out in the first panel! See the full size comic here at Everyday Feminism.
We cringed along with Jay Smooth last week when his racial identity was publicly called out on national television. Passing politics aside, we saw this as a blatant micro-aggression. Listen to Jay Smooth reflect on that experience and other awkward racial conversations.
In this installment of the Illipsis, Jay Smooth speaks out publicly about his much-publicized appearance last week on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes.” “Apparently it turns out that when a visually ambiguous black person feels compelled to explain their blackness, that is America’s favorite thing to watch in the world,” Smooth says. “It’s just a weird experience to be on national TV while what is a deeply personal moment plays out of feeling like you need to defend your self-identity.”
#BlackCelebsBeLike was trending yesterday on Twitter. It's Black Twitter's response to black celebrities who say things such as...
Today is our one year anniversary and we could not be more excited. It has been a perplexing, devastating, exciting, and fascinating year! We look forward to continuing to share our insights and endless wisdom (we joke)! Take a look at some of our favorite posts from the past year before we get too emotional.
Loving the Spirit
When Women Refuse
The Blacker The Berry: My Love/Hate Relationship with Kendrick's New Jam
How does it feel to be a problem?
We hope that you'll stick around with us for another year.
We have all types of feelings about this new Cinderella movie, but only one thing really needs to be said (on our part). We're going to let this version of Cinderella finish, but the 1997 version starring Brandy and Whitney Houston was the best (drops mic).
Courtesy of Feministing:
There’s something about Cinderella that makes me smile. At the mention of the name, I think of Gus Gus and rats that somehow became cute; Hillary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, and Stiffler’s Mom; and the men’s basketball team at the University of Dayton who stole my heart (and broke my bracket) during last year’s March Madness tournament. I also think of Brandy and Whitney Houston, and one of the best made-for-TV movies ever made. Cinderella means many things to many people, but for me, Cinderella has always been a place I called home.
So the latest foolishness from mainstream media on the SAE scandal is that rap music causes racism. Black Twitter's response didn't disappoint. Here we have the satirical #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery
Take a look at this slideshow of the protests which have erupted in Madison, Wisconsin in the wake of 19 year old black student Tony Robinson's murder. Over 2000 protesters gathered at the capital today.
Tony, we mourn you because your life mattered. Black lives still matter.
As police brutality against black bodies remains in the media with the recent murder of Wisconsin's Tony Robinson at the hands of a law enforcement officer, we at Womanist Expressions can't seem to find the words to talk about this kind of grief and trauma. Audre Lorde, however, captures some of our darkest and most powerful sentiments about living while black where blackness is hated. Her poem, The Brown Menace or Poem to the Survival of Roaches, tackles white supremacy, anti-blackness, and brutality.
your deepest urge
and my brothers and sisters
in the sharp smell of your refusal
roach and presumptuous
nightmare on your white pillow
your itch to destroy
part of yourself.
Call me your own determination
in the most detestable shape
you can become
friend of your image
I am you
in your most deeply cherished nightmare
scuttling through the painted cracks
you create to admit me
into your kitchens
into your fearful midnights
into your values at noon
in your most secret places
you learn to honor me
as I alter--
although your greedy preoccupations
through your kitchen wars
and your poisonous refusal--
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