There has been growing concern around online misogyny with its increasing proliferation (think Mary Beard, Louise Mensch) and a number of columnists have written about it (Helen Lewis, Laurie Penny, the Guardian panel). However, this discussion is missing an important element - that of the experience of black and minority ethnic women writing online. Double whammy might sound clichéd but being on the receiving end of prejudice and abuse for being a woman and ‘non-white’, so to say, is exactly that. I experienced it when I wrote for Cif and I know others have too (there was an interesting panel on online Islamophobia in the Guardian).
This is an ‘f-word’ article published 21/02/2013. If you are interested in responding to this please click the link at the top for more information, and contact details.
Claudette Colvin resisted bus segregation nine months before Rosa Parks, and it is her case that went to the Supreme Court — only for her to be swept under the rug by NAACP leaders since she was a pregnant teenager. - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101719889
And because she was too dark …
This stunning lady wrote this amazing article.
BLACK GIRLS CODE FILM IS A SEMI-FINALIST!
Our film, BLACK GIRLS CODE is a semi-finalist for the Focus Forward Film Competition. Black Girls Code is an amazing non-profit organization that bridges the digital divide. By engaging young girls of color into the digital field, they empower young women everywhere to go forth within computer, science and technology and make their own changes.
Focus Forward is a film competition powered by GE. It takes innovative film based towards science, education and technology – and pushes them forward. We are honored about becoming semi-finalists, and hope that all of our followers, friends and family will help us!
Since we are in the running to be semi finalists, we have the power to become audience favorites. So please help and vote! Our link will posted tomorrow. Let’s let the world know about Black Girls Code! Winning films will be distributed world-wide to major film festivals.
This is a screencap from Rugrats Season 8, by which Susie had an established color palette.
In the All Grown Up spin-off, Susie’s hair had been noticeably lightened, as had her skin to a lesser degree, though there isn’t a strong amount of whitewashing there.
However, by season 2, her skin was drastically lightened, and her hair became a light reddish brown, as opposed to its original near black. This color palette became the standard for all of the following seasons.
For comparison, let’s look at Angelica’s color palette:
As you can see, although her colors experience minor changes, they more or less remain static. It’s clear that Susie’s fluctuate to a much greater degree.
White feminists, do we have to say this again?
A video on racism from a white girl. I know that I’m not an authority on this, feel free to ignore. Feminists of colour, give us your opinions and guest videos! That would be totally rad. ‘My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit’.
Racism and Feminism Playlist: http://bit.ly/PAMQHG
Something you’d like to talk about? Want to guest vlog for Those Pesky Dames? Click to find out how: http://thosepeskydames.tumblr.com/guest-videos
Belated TOPIC ANNOUNCEMENT!
THIS WEEK: Racism and Feminism
- A topic that’s been discussed a lot recently following Caitlin Moran’s Twitter remarks as pictured in the attached image. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
NEXT WEEK: Breast cancer awareness and pinkwashing
- Slight change of plan, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month we wanted to fit this discussion in before the month is out.
THE WEEK AFTER: Sexism in Halloween costumes
- Previously planned for the week before, we’ll now be discussing this during Halloween week itself.
As ever if you’d like to make a guest video on these or any other topic then click here for more info how http://bit.ly/PiiGZv and please let us know!
- Becca x
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