No Type: Trap Feminism Pt. 2

I’ve been thinking a lot about trap feminism and what it means since I first wrote about it in January. In this introductory piece — which was mostly a purge of initial ideas that I had been bouncing back and forth with friends — I identified some of the makings of trap feminism which included an acknowledgement of women as participants and contributors to hip hop and trap music, active agents over their sexuality and bodies, and conscious players in informal/non-institutional financial transactions. Reflecting back now, trap feminism can be applied much more broadly. Today I find myself thinking about trap feminism as a tool used to identify liberating themes in trap music and facets of it’s surrounding cultures. As a means for critical feminist engagement, it is important to understand that there aren’t any perfect examples. (It’s worth noting that I haven’t exactly found any perfect examples of feminist texts either. *sips tea*) More importantly, as mentioned in the first piece, it is a great opportunity to challenge the idea that trap music and culture are uniformly anti-feminist/oppressive. Read More »

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Things I am too hot to care about

It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it! They’re not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.”

–Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, on why young women don’t need to vote

  1. Affordable housing. With hair like this, you don’t need a roof over your head. Read More »
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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

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Yesterday, as actions against police brutality took place nationwide, protesters shut down a major highway here in Atlanta last night, forming a human blockade and unraveling a sign declaring, “Black lives matter.” (Image via Southerners on New Ground)

In less than two weeks, North Dakotans will vote on a personhood amendment.

Brittany Cooper on representations of black women on TV–from The Cosby Show to Shondaland.

We’ve stopped talking about domestic violence and the NFL.

Fox News thinks young women are too busy with Tinder and being “hot and running around without a care in the world” to “get” voting.

Too many LGBT students still feel unsafe at school.

Our own Jos has a piece in the Guardian on combating anti-trans workplace discrimination.

NOPE NOPE NOPE.

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Feministing Readz: Tales of Two Cities

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Sheila Bapat. 

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Economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century emerged as the most prominent work addressing wealth inequality and the problems of capitalism this year. Capital provides data to demonstrate that the chasmic wealth inequality of today is unprecedented and is poised to only grow worse.

Piketty’s book, and works like it, satisfy the need for hard evidence of the problem of wealth inequality. They also satisfy the left (and by left I mean analytical) side of our brains. And that’s important — the notoriety of Piketty’s work positions the book to help influence dialogue about the problem of inequality as well as generate broader public awareness. A dispassionate work like Piketty’s may also be useful in debates against those who champion low wages or other manifestations of unregulated capitalism.

But what about how this economic picture affects our daily lives, our families, not to mention our hearts and our souls? Read More »

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Empire of Dirt: How GamerGate’s misogynistic policing of “gamer identity” degrades the whole gaming community

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As GamerGate’s cyber sandstorm rolls into its third month, the mainstream press has now covered it from virtually every angle conceivable, often with no small amount of frustration at its incoherence and nesting dolls of ideological self-delusion. Its cresting tidal wave of outrage has dredged up the worst sublimated impulses of a minority of mostly male gamers who made national headlines by driving developer Brianna Wu from her home, and threatening a terrifying mass shooting at a university where critic Anita Sarkeesian had been scheduled to speak. Many GamerGater’s protest that this does not represent the true face of their movement, but this is impossible to take seriously when so many of the movement’s nexuses are cesspools of rank misogyny and anti-feminism. They create an echo chamber of fear that, in much the same way far right extremist forums do, harden and amplify the violent tendencies of the already-prejudiced, feeding them a steady diet of manufactured outrage until they’re ready to burst.  Read More »

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