The Feministing Five: Sarah Deer

Sarah Deer, Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. - See more at: http://www.macfound.org/fellows/912/#sthash.5fyuMB1Y.dpuf

Sarah Deer, Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Professor Sarah Deer is one of the newest MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellows who were announced earlier this week. She is an incredible legal scholar and community advocate for Native women’s safety and health. Sarah is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and teaches at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota.

Native American women living on reservations face one of the highest per capita rates of violent crime in the world, but are often left with horribly insufficient means of justice. Tribal courts are impeded by limited jurisdictional powers and authority, and lack of resources; and as such, it is very difficult to prosecute those who commit these horrible crimes.  Read More »

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The White House unveiled their new “It’s On Us” sexual assault prevention campaign today. We’ll have more coverage next week.

Terrible Oklahoma state Rep says Muslims are a “cancer that must be cut out of the American society.”

“We talk about a glass ceiling? These women don’t even have a secure floor.” – Hillary Clinton

10 stupid arguments people use to defend comic book sexism.

Some lessons on the realities of domestic violence we can take from the allegations against the NFL’s Jonathan Dwyer.

Fuck everything about this.

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How about everyone who isn’t a black woman just stops writing about black women

1405420835shonda rhimesAfter reading the New York Times story about television producing mogul Shonda Rhimes that starts by saying “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman,’” I have a modest proposal. No one who isn’t a black woman should be allowed to write about the cultural products created by black women.

Not a forever moratorium, but at least, I don’t know, a couple decades. And this isn’t to say there aren’t talented, non-black woman cultural critics who have done good work around the music, art, film, and television produced by and centering black women. Slate has a decent piece up about “Clair Huxtable, feminist hero” written by someone who isn’t a black woman. Kudos to them. I stand by my proposal.  Read More »

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You stan like a girl: The problematic feminization of the Beyhive

Today I came across a headline from The Root about a potential Jay-Z and Beyonce collaborative album. The headline was as follows: The Beyhive’s Hysteria Over News of a Possible Beyonce and Jay Z Album.

Thus far, I’ve kept pretty much quiet about my theory that the Beyhive has been unnecessarily feminized. It’s something I began to think seriously about after Drake dropped his infamous line: “Girls love Beyonce.” But this headline immediately struck me as further evidence that the Beyonce fan has become synonymous with woman. And that gendering has prompted sexist assumptions about the women who like Beyonce’s music (and rendered Beyonce fans of other genders invisible).  Read More »

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Chart of the Day: The pay gap for women of color

Earlier this week we got the terribly exciting news that, according to the latest Census numbers, the average American woman now makes 78 cents, instead of 77 cents, to the average dude’s dollar. But, as we know, the gap–which hasn’t improved in a decade–varies a lot by race.

Here’s a chart from ThinkProgress showing how the wages of women of different races compare to those of white men:

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