What We Missed

Don’t forget to livetweet the new documentary on Gloria Steinem that premiers tonight and participate in the In Your Own Words Contest. If you don’t get HBO, there are house parties forming where you might be able to meet new feminist friends. And check out these related pieces to get yourself psyched up:

Shelby Knox on the glory and limitations of the film.

The NYT’s coverage of why and how the film got made.

Evelyn C. White on how Steinem stood in solidarity with black women.

A new ColorLines study on our attitudes regarding who makes it in America.

Warren Buffet says “stop coddling the super-rich.”

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  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ toongrrl

    Wow, wish I knew someone with HBO. Or maybe it’ll come out on DVD. Or later in the winter, there’d be a free trial!
    Tell me how good the film is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Well Congress, you’ve heard the man. Now start taxing him and his friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m nuts *giggle*

  • http://feministing.com/members/personperson/ Rachel

    I was once told by a professor that Gloria Steinem actually had some ideals that were racist. My professor never elaborated on her statement, but I knew many early feminist did marginalize others. Yet, I felt despite this, all writings bring about discussion and change. I believe this along with activism has greatly advanced the feminist movement.

    I did not get to work the documentary, but was it really discussed the controversy around Gloria Steinem. I just wonder how people feel towards the article that states she had “strong influence on black women”.

    • http://feministing.com/members/personperson/ Rachel

      I apologize for the grammar mistakes and sentence structure. I probably should not post comments at three in the morning. The last paragraph I meant to write ” I did not get to watch the documentary, but did Gloria really discuss her writings and the critics of her writings? How do people feel about the article “Gloria Steinem had strong influence on black women”.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thestud/ Stud

    Gloria Steinem’s magazine, Ms., was funded by the CIA. Not only that, Steinem’s movement that greatly benefited white women was to the detriment of black women, specifically poorer black women living in poverty and relying on government assistance just to get by. The catch was, in order to receive that much needed government assistance back then, there could NOT be a man in the home. See the movie “Claudine” for references to that fact. The feminist movement was launched on the heels of the Civil Rights movement and it helped to destroy the black family that was already suffering under laws that didn’t allow them to enjoy the same quality of life as white families, because of the shift in thinking at the time. Black men were largely against black women attaining the same rights as them, because they themselves wanted to be on par with white men, and they didn’t want their black women trumping that card when they hadn’t made it yet. Yes, they were allowed to vote long before white women, but only with the assumption that they own property, and they had to avoid being lynched or killed at the voting polls just to exercise that right. Black women are still double, triple, and even quadruple minorities in this day in age. White women have progressed, but black women are still struggling as single mothers, unmarried, on welfare or college grads, they’re still in the same boat socially. Gloria Steinem did A LOT for women, but to say she did a lot for black women is to completely ignore the plight that black women still face in this day in age where at almost every corner it seems that someone is against her, not only socially, but even down to their being an attack on black women’s physical attractiveness, See the article in Psychology Today by Satoshi Kanazawa.

    I think it’s about time for a real black feminist movement. Apparently, Steinem thinks her work is done. Get real, woman.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thestud/ Stud

    To add, while white women were enjoying the successes of the White Feminist Movement, black women were enjoying being The Help, see the movie The Help for references to that glaring FACT.