The Feministing Five: Karuna Jaggar

Karuna Jaggar

Karuna Jaggar

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop shaking my head at all of the poor taste, misinformed, and flat out irresponsible pink-ribbon “breast cancer awareness” campaigns that crawl out of the woodwork every year during the month of October. This year’s apparent winner of “are-you-kidding-me” pink-washing goes to Susan G. Komen and its pink fracking bits, but as we have continued to cover here at Feministing, the breast cancer pink marketing juggernaut overlooks the experiences, perspectives, and goals of actual breast cancer survivors.

Thankfully, organizations like Breast Cancer Action exist and are fighting to reclaim activism for this disease. We were so thrilled to speak with its Executive Director Karuna Jaggar where she just came from delivering over 150,000 petitions to the Susan G. Komen to stop supporting fracking companies that lead to cancer. Breast Cancer Action and its initiatives “Think Before You Pink” motivate us to continue pushing against the co-opting of a deadly disease by massive corporations and profit-lead marketing campaigns.  I am so grateful for their passion, work, and activism.


Now without further ado, the Feministing Five with Karuna Jaggar!

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

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Madeleine Albright wins the internet.

New report by and for LGBTQ youth of color on policing in New Orleans.

Men’s rights group masquerades as fake domestic violence campaign to confuse donors.

People imprisoned at San Bernardino face GBT discrimination.

Oakland can now force landlords to evict sex workers.

Monica Roberts faces homelessness. Pitch in here.

A campus gender violence reporting system — by survivors, for survivors.

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Why we need to get over Clair Huxtable


Brittney Cooper has a provocative piece up over at the Crunk Feminist Collective about (symbolically) slaying the patriarch and matriarch of The Cosby Show clan, Cliff and Clair Huxtable, in light of resurfaced concerns over real life patriarch Bill Cosby’s rape accusations. There’s a lot there to make you reconsider just how warm and fuzzy and lovable the character of Cliff Huxtable was. But here I want to talk about Clair.

I was born into a world where the Huxtables were near-universally beloved and held as the gold standard of black romantic possibilities. Each was an ideal partner in the context of a heteronormative relationship. But Clair even more so. Read More »

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Feministing Jamz Video of the Week: “Pistols At Dawn” by Seinabo Sey

our mudflap girl, jammin on her headphones

Seinabo Sey’s voice is completely enchanting, and the visuals for “Pistols At Dawn” (after the jump) definitely keep us firmly in enchanted territory. The Swedish-Gambian singer has been killing it this year, and her latest video is glorious. I am especially interested in the relationship between the two women in this video – it’s a little open for interpretation, but what is clear is a sense of deep connection and lady solidarity. What’s not to love? Read More »

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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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