Quick Hit: An online forum on Twitter feminism

At The Nation, Andrea Smith, Mariame Kaba, Roxane Gay and our own Lori Adelman respond to Michelle Goldberg’s controversial piece on feminism’s so-called Twitter wars, and reflect on the role of Twitter and intra-movement disagreement as feminism grows and evolves. Check it out.

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I love Outkast. I hate misogyny.

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I love Outkast. Everyone should. I don’t trust people who don’t love Outkast. If you don’t love Outkast, stop reading this. You aren’t welcome here.

(I’m not really kidding!)

So I, like many others, was incredibly excited to find out that the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi would reunite this spring/summer, after not performing on stage together in 10 years, to play Coachella. I was highly disappointed that I’m too poor to be able to actually go to Coachella and see them, but modern technology is great in that huge events like this get livestreamed on the interwebs and then saved for posterity.

I watched. Not live, but the next day. I got excited. I danced all by myself to “B.O.B.,” “Gasoline Dreams,” Skew it on the Bar-B,” “Elevators,” “Aquemini,” “Da Art of Storytellin’ Pt. 1,” “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.” All of it. And I was deeply disappointed.  Read More »

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Blood and Iron: The unacknowledged misogyny of the far right

This photo is famous; less well known is its context. Nazi footsoldiers are burning the library of Magnus Hirschfeld's Institute for Sexual Research-- one of the first places of its kind to employ trans women and advocate for what we would now call LGBT rights. Hirschfeld was also a feminist.

This photo is famous; less well known is its context. Many of the books Nazi footsoldiers are burning here are from the library of Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Research– one of the first places of its kind to employ trans women and advocate for what we would now call LGBT rights. Hirschfeld was also a feminist.

Words are, as ever, but the meanest of replies to the enormous significance of a tragedy like that which befell three innocent people in Kansas this week. Not only for the crime itself, but also for the miles-deep social cancer that it is a spasmodic symptom of. We are reminded, of course, that anti-Semitism remains thrumming beneath the pulse of our society, and it is terrifyingly far from the ash-heap of history.

As I think of my Jewish loved ones, I also think of how my own fate as a Latina trans woman is inextricably yoked to theirs, and how Frazier Glenn Miller’s bullets could easily have targeted me instead.

These are not idle musings, for it is the dimensions of those ties that bind me to—in this case—my Jewish sisters, brothers, and siblings that are often elided in much popular coverage of tragedies like this. For Miller’s anti-Semitism was inextricable from his misogyny and anti-feminism, which was intimately bound up with his version of NazismRead More »

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Your Daily Poem: Warsan Shire

Ed. note: For National Poetry Month, we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the whole series here.

Today’s poem is “UGLY” by Warsan Shire.

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Correction: Sex tapes don’t “work” for working and middle class women

The release of a sex tape featuring Love and Hip Hop Atlanta cast members Mimi Faust and Nikko Smith earlier this week has had the internet (mainly Black Twitter) abuzz. Per usual, everyone has an opinion on what appears to be a cliché publicity stunt.

One take from the blogosphere caught my eye though. In a post on Clutch Magazine with the bold headline “Dear Mimi: Sex Tapes Don’t Work for Black Women,” writer Britni Danielle argues that:

“Although it seems counterintuitive, sex tapes can have a huge upside for marginal celebrities, like Mimi and Niko, catapulting them into the mainstream and introducing them to a whole new audience. But there’s just one problem for Mimi: sex tapes don’t work for Black women.

While several White women—Kim Kardashian, Pam Anderson, Paris Hilton–have leveraged their “leaked” tapes in a slew of opportunities from clothing lines and magazine covers to TV shows and endorsement deals, Black women who’ve pulled similar stunts have not faired nearly as well.”

Danielle compares the success and experience of these women to several black women who have been involved in similar incidents. During the 1980′s, former sports broadcaster Jayne Kennedy was involved in the first celebrity sex tape scandal after a VHS of her and then husband was stolen from their home. In 2002, rapper Eve enlisted the help of the FBI to track down the person who released a sexual video of her and then boyfriend Stevie J and was blackmailing her. Montana Fishburne made a decision to work in porn (which isn’t the same thing as a sex tape) and regretted it.  Read More »

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