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A quasi-academic look at Feminism, politics & race relations through the lens of a 20-something year old Nigerian American who was born & raised up in the (still) segregated south but has relocated to the "liberal" yet historic & traditional north.
This blog is my space for an interdisciplinary examination of race, gender, class, sexuality - all things intersectional & multi-dimensional.
Feminism the way I see it...



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The stereotypical Asian woman is riddled with intricacies and contradictions. (But also flat and static!) On one hand, we are the nerds who face social segregation, because we all are good at Math. On the other hand, Asian women are the trophies of Asian fetishists, because apparently, we are submissive, accommodating, and have magic vaginas. I would like to point out that it’s interesting that the stereotypes that Asian women are the polar opposites of the stereotypes that black women face. Black women are seen as angry, Asian women are said to be quiet, submissive. Black women supposedly possess excessive amounts of sexuality, whereas Asian women are sexualized in a different way. In a modest way. They are supposed to be slim, flat, and they aren’t outright sexual.

Asian Women Aren’t Your Oriental, Submissive, China Dolls

Any thoughts on the reflections shared in the quote? Particularly about the way asian woman stereotypes are juxtaposed to those of black women?

And that brings us into the messy reality that often someone’s politics and their kinks can be at odds. Does that make casual references to violent men and domestic violence okay? No. But you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with feminist values who ascribes to them in every aspect of their lives. In fact, feminist theory is rife with internal conflicts over what attire, what jobs, what relationships, even what kind of political party affiliations are feminist. Like anyone else, Beyoncé’s feminism is tailored to suit her upbringing, her experiences, and her life. None of us are The Ultimate Feminist—in fact there is no such thing. So why do we expect a pop star to be a model of an impossible concept? Beyoncé is a human being with a messy complicated view of herself, her life, and society. In turn, our perspectives on her work and her feminism are complicated by our own biases and expectations. Beyoncé isn’t the only one whose life and body of work both embraces conventional feminism and flies in the face of it; that is true of all of us and it’s time we just accept it.
Pop culture feminism, albeit flawed in concept and execution, is nothing new. In fact, it is often much more accessible to young women who aren’t necessarily familiar with the history or academic theories of the movement. Beyoncé’s use of an excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists has given Adichie an unprecedented platform. Libraries are reporting an uptick of interest in Adichie’s books, and while it is too soon to predict the long-term impact, it is safe to say that at least some eyes will be opened. Does that mean Beyoncé is the new ideal feminist? Of course not. Just look at Jay-Z’s verse on Drunk In Love, in which he references Ike Turner and that infamous line “Eat the cake, Anna Mae,” a reference that many will recognize from the abusive diner scene between Ike and Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” The song is clearly not intended to be a feminist anthem. If anything it is likely an exploration of sexual dynamics.
I remember posting this once and getting into a massive “debate” with a Canadian about how ignorant & racist I was for saying that TV was still racist when they saw all TYPES of diversity on TV - apparently.
People get SO MAD when you point out racism on TV as if i’m about to come to their house and put them on house arrest for watching shows or something.

I remember posting this once and getting into a massive “debate” with a Canadian about how ignorant & racist I was for saying that TV was still racist when they saw all TYPES of diversity on TV - apparently.

People get SO MAD when you point out racism on TV as if i’m about to come to their house and put them on house arrest for watching shows or something.

Marriages between black women and white men could be tolerated during slavery because they were so few in number and represented no threat to the white supremacist regime. After manumission they were no longer tolerated. In the state of Kentucky, the Supreme Court was asked to judge insane a white man who desired to marry a female slave he had once owned. Once slavery ended and whites declared that no black woman regardless of her class status or skin color could ever be a “lady”, it was no longer socially acceptable for a white man to have a black mistress. Instead, the institutionalized devaluation of black womanhood encouraged all white men to regard black females as whores or prostitutes. Lower class white men, who had had little sexual contact with black women during slavery, were encouraged to believe they were entitled to access to the bodies of black women.

bell hooks, Ain’t I a Woman (via wretchedoftheearth)

it’s all in the history…

(via notesonascandal)

afroglitz:

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Black women have been taught to be selfless and strong since childhood. We are reared to love our mothers, obey our fathers, care for our siblings, and be subservient to our men. Whether we want to or not, we are instilled with all the traits of dedicated caretakers, making us, as Zora Neale Hurston once said, “the mules of the world.” Such selflessness has taken a toll on black women, forcing us to compromise our sanity and overall wellness to appease others.
For Harriet Blog | Do Black Women Give Too Much? (http://www.forharriet.com/2012/03/do-black-women-give-too-much.html?m=1)

So read my latest long form article about Michelle Obama and the fallout over Jesssica Valenti putting her feminist foot in her mouth.

In clinical psychiatric settings, black women are diagnosed very differently from white counterparts who present with the same symptoms. For instance, black women have considerably higher rates of anxiety disorders than white women. Blacks are diagnosed with higher lifetime rates of simple phobia, social phobia, and agoraphobia. Therapists tend to view African American women as anxious or phobic while perceiving white women who describe similar emotions and behaviors as sad and depressed. Black women are more likely to be described by therapists as hostile and paranoid, and diagnosis for black women is inclined to be more severe than for white women. In these diagnostic differences we see the operation of the social construction of black womanhood that disallows sadness. Therapists are less likely to perceive a black woman as sad; instead, they see her as angry or anxious.

Melissa Harris-Perry Sister Citizen; Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America (via brashblacknonbeliever)

shit like this is why social justice is necessary in medicine and health

(via eddiesuave)

(via cijithgeek-deactivated20121104)

The MHP show discussing unemployment from the lens of black women, asking why the recovery is going especially slow for this demographic. In fact, black women lost even more jobs during the ‘recovery’ than in the actual recession…

These are just three of the dozens of times sex is shown, discussed, alluded to, made light of, seen, and overheard on “Girls.” Don’t get me wrong. The show isn’t just about sex, but it would be near impossible to have a (somewhat) realistic depiction of contemporary young people — even the ones not having sex — without sex just, well, being there.

None of this could happen with a black show. Sure, young black people find themselves in the same type of situations, but if black people were shown having the same type of sex (and having the same type of sex-related discussions) the characters on “Girls” regularly do, it goes from being thought of as “real” and “gritty” and “truly naked” to “nasty” and “pornographic.”

We — and “we” in this case is “Americans” — have a strange relationship with black sex and sexuality, too strange for me to even begin to expound on today. Interestingly enough, this is true for both white and black America. As much as we complain about the lack of real black shows on TV, we’d be just as weirded out by real black sex. Can you imagine how many petitions would be made if a popular black show had a black female character asking to put her finger in a black male character’s butt during sex?

“Girls” and the Black Sexuality Double Standard | Cluth Magazine

Clutch isn’t necessarily my go-to site for cultural criticism and race & gender analysis - but this quote popped out to me…

Melissa Harris-Perry: Why Black Hair Matters

From New York Times:

But black hair and the black body generally have long been a site of political contest in American history and in the American imagination. Against this backdrop, the transition movement has a political dimension — whether transitioners themselves believe it or not. Demonstrating this level of self-acceptance represents a powerful evolution in black political expression. If racial politics has led to an internalization of self-loathing, then true transformation will come internally, too. It will not be a performative act. Saying it loud: “I’m black and I’m proud” is one thing. Believing it quietly is another. So the transition movement is much more profound and much more powerful — and I believe it offers lessons in self-acceptance for people of all hues and all genders.

I’d be lying if I said I went natural for political reasons. I went natural because I vaguely remember my pre-perm hair texture and have been obsessed with the idea of going back to my tight curls for some years now. But I can say that this resurgence of the natural hair social/political movement made it a lot easier for me to feel comfortable in transitioning, and eventually doing the big chop about a month ago. Even now, after I completely cut my hair off people back home are all “so when do you wanna get a weave sewn in?” “where’s your flat iron” “you really need to put relaxer on it before you start working” and “that doesn’t look good.” Don’t get me wrong, there are more people who love it, but there are always those few who think the need to enlighten me to how unacceptable my hair is as it naturally grows out of my scalp. interesting…

The idea that black women must always be perfectly well-behaved — or risk shaming the community-at-large – is both unrealistic and unfair. We are fighting a battle that is unique to women of color in this country, and that is the duality of asserting our individual identities separate from stereotypical imagery, while fighting for the elevation of our communities as a whole. This places us in the precarious position of not being able to ignore the pervasive effects of reality television, while still recognizing that every, single one of these women has the right to present themselves to the world as they choose – whether anyone agrees or not.
Cluth on stereotypical imagery in shows like Basketball Wives & Real Housewives of Atlanta

So i’m writing a final paper for sociology about the dynamics of food and dinner time. Of course I’m writing a section on black women and how they are portrayed in commercials when it comes to food. But when searching “black women in commercials” I came across this KGB (a phone text-answers service. Like ask Jeeves) about hair weave.

as if everything related to black women isn’t stigmatized and undignified enough.

The worst part is that there is a type of human hair extensions called “YAKI” (not yak) but I can’t tell you how many times growing up people made comments/jones to me & any other girl with extensions about how we have horses hair in our head…

So I’m glad this commercials codifies and signs off on this type of stigmatization. Labeling black women as so ignorant they go to beauty salons so someone can put nasty animal hair on their heads. (because only black women wear weave… or I guess we’re just restricted to the “animal ass hair” variety) Because that’s not even where weave comes from but LETS ALL IGNORE THAT PART.

i need to go back to this paper but… wtf? This came out in 2009. but its not like black women aren’t used as bafoonish punch-lines to sell products everyday (cue: Mary J)