Precious: A Feminist Must-See

I had to post a link to the new movie, Precious:

I am halfway through Push, the book by Sapphire that the movie is based on. It is not often that so many issues women face are embodied in one character. From racism, sizism, sexual violence, domestic violence, welfare issues, colorism, ablism, and many, many more — this is the ultimate feminist primer! I am not quite sure what to make of how Precious’ mother’s character, played by Mo’Nique, is being framed as the “monstrous matriarch.” On one hand, giving her villainous character, it seems fitting. On the other hand, what does it mean that the black single mom has once again gotten this branding? This is especially interesting considering the villainous male characters in the story that seem conspicuously absent from this trailer.

On another note, I posted earlier this week about Tyler Perry. He is serving as an executive producer of this film, alongside Oprah. Again, I think we can log some progress points for Perry on this one. It will be important to see what, if any, the trade offs will be.

But, after all, I’m just a cautious optimist. Preliminary thoughts?

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Video of the Day: New Video Calls For ¡Ni Una Mas! (Not one More) Femicide in Mexico

According to several women’s organizations, 75 women “disappeared” and were murdered in Ciudad Juarez in 2017 alone. After hearing these numbers and learning that femicides were on the rise in Ciudad Juarez (which is notorious for its history of violence against women), members of Las Almas Collective created ¡Ni Una Mas!, a video that denounces gender-based violence and calls for “justicia y dignidad” for victims.

Las Almas Collective is a group of Latina creatives empowering women through culture, art, and music. Their new video opens with the lyrics, “Nunca dejare de buscar, nunca voy a olvidar” (I will never stop looking, I will never forget), introducing us to the collective’s message: “We will never stop searching for the victims of the ongoing femicide ...

According to several women’s organizations, 75 women “disappeared” and were murdered in Ciudad Juarez in 2017 alone. After hearing these numbers and learning that femicides were on the rise in Ciudad Juarez (which is notorious for its 

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Dear Betsy DeVos: Fighting for Survivors of Sexual Violence Is a Racial Justice Fight

For the past few months, I’ve seen several articles — almost exclusively written by white women — arguing that we shouldn’t enforce Title IX protections for survivors of sexual assault because the authors believe Black men are more likely to be accused. The narrative has been picked up by numerous media outlets and used by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to strip protections for survivors.

The idea that survivors’ rights are a threat to Black men leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Let me be clear: that’s not because I’m not worried about race discrimination in school discipline. We have no data to support the argument that Black men are more likely to be accused of or ...

For the past few months, I’ve seen several articles — almost exclusively written by white women — arguing that we shouldn’t enforce Title IX protections for survivors of sexual assault because the authors ...