Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Black Feminism: Uncool But So Necessary


[What does a Black Feminist look like?]

Modern Feminism is hot, hot, hot, and probably has been since Gloria Steinem, donning the most mod pair of glasses ever, hit the international stage with intelligence, style and a gang of White supporters.

I have identified as a feminist for a short while, probably less than two years, but I've made up for lost time by voraciously consuming pro-women's media (Cosmopolitan doesn't count) and staying abreast of and supporting campaigns, elections and movements that help women. There are young feminists, old feminists, feminist blogs, feminist Twitters, feminist magazines, but there aren't any Black feminists.

Oh sure, there are Black women who call themselves feminists (like me), but women exploring the gnarled, juxtaposed relationship between race, class and gender? Not really. And if they're there, they're not buoyed up like their White counterparts. Even mainstream media doesn't ignore Black women, but they make the fatal mistake of attempting to discuss our gender and social station without also discussing race and class, which makes any argument only surface-level.

I want to do that. My friend and Twitter soulmate Nikita wants to do that. I'm sure there are other Black women that want to.


Food for thought:

"Black feminism argues that sexism, class oppression, and racism are inextricably bound together"

In Search of Our Mother's Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker

Womanist Musings.com

Latoya Peterson, the hip-hop feminist, is amazing...Google her ("older feminists being insensitive to issues of race, class or sexuality")

Erica Kennedy's a feminista

Rebecca's Walker's "How my mother's fanatical feminist views tore us apart"

Rebecca Walker on Twitter

2 comments:

Shevo said...

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and we both think that the focus of feminism needs to be on Black, Latin, Asian and other minority women. Race and class *NEED* to be discussed because it is part of the these women's experiences. How can "white" feminists ignore this? So many do. Until these women who are on the bottom of societies shit heap are raised up, it's impossible for womanhood as a whole to rise up.

Shevo said...

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and we both think that the focus of feminism needs to be on Black, Latin, Asian and other minority women. Race and class *NEED* to be discussed because it is part of the these women's experiences. How can "white" feminists ignore this? So many do. Until these women who are on the bottom of societies shit heap are raised up, it's impossible for womanhood as a whole to rise up.