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).
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I made another photoset of the Oxford Who Needs Feminism thing because that last one was far too fucking white.
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 …
I feel like there aren’t enough womanist/feminists of colour advice givers in the world. Curious to see how many people would be interested in following it. Like this post please if you’d wanna see this happen! If there’s enough interest, I’ll start fleshing out plans for the launch.
Also: send your questions to questions[AT]feministadvice[dot]com
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’.
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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.
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forever hate people who think fashion is unfeminist.
fashion shows are prob the most diverse shows on tv.
out of the 3 buyers in fashion star 2 of them are women of color and the show has a very wonderful very out lesbian contestant who’s p much the fanbase’s fav and is co-hosted by nicole richie who’s mexican and creole
how do i look is hosted by jeannie mai who’s vietnamese and chinese and who runs like 98095864095 charities because she’s the greatest ever and almost 99% of the time chooses POC to co-host with her
what not to wear is co-hosted by stacy london who’s jewish and sicilian and has a degree in philosophy and clinton kelly who’s an openly gay (and married) man who ISN’T just used as the “token gay fashionista” on the show, EVER
etc etc etc
you shut the fuck up already
fashion television is run by a majority of strong, inspiring, intelligent women who work their asses off to inspire other women to follow their dreams and learn to love themselves
stop talking, i’m not hearing it
Fashion and beauty are some of the very few areas in which women have more freedom than men
And everyone thinks liking fashion and beauty makes you shallow and vain, because those things are “pointless”
Books women like? Shallow and pointless.
Films women like? Shallow and pointless.
Clothes women like? Stupid and pointless.
Makeup? Shallow and pointless.
Patterns women like? Colours women like? Music women like? ANYTHING women like that men don’t?
SHALLOW, POINTLESS, STUPID.
Do you think this is a coincidence?
Nine Little Known Facts About Notable Women of Colour (MadameNoire)
Did you know Condoleezza Rice accompanied Aretha Franklin on the piano? Nina Simone’s involvement in the civil rights movement was sparked by an event at her piano recital when she was twelve? If not then read on…
Mom Forced Out Of Church For Breastfeeding - Aims To Change Georgia Law (Huffington Post)
Nirvana Jennette, a mom of four from Camden County, Georgia says she was forced out of church for breastfeeding her baby. Church leaders asked her to breastfeed in the bathroom and implied they could have arrested her for “lewd behavior.” The most egregious statement? She told news station WSAV that her pastor compared her breastfeeding to a stripper performing.
Teens Ask YouTube Commenters If They’re Ugly (Jezebel)
“People say I’m ugly, so tell me, am I?”
Does your menstrual blood attract bears? (Scientopia.org)
Well, does it?
Lynne Featherstone tells Church ‘don’t polarise gay marriage debate’ (Telegraph)
The Church does not have the exclusive right to define who should be allowed to get married, the equalities minister warns, as she suggests that religious groups have polarised the debate on gay marriage.
Why does it matter if a child has a same-sex crush? (The Guardian)
The ripples caused by a boy of seven coming out as gay shows society has a way to go before it views LGBT people equally.
India’s home ministry steps back from gay sex row (The Guardian)
Government lawyer tells supreme court gay sex is ‘immoral’, but TV channels report wrong statement may have been read out.