Posts Tagged People of Color

Racism, Xenophobia and Misogyny Intersect: Giving birth while in shackles.


This is what an asshole looks like.
In Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s world, this is acceptable behavior.

The most recent atrocity committed by the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” involves a woman who was detained while 9-months pregnant. Alma Minerva Chacon’s case has been receiving media attention due to the brutality with which she was treated. The very same night of her arrest, Chacon went into labor and found herself afraid and alone, being rushed to a local hospital with her hands and legs chained in shackles.
Once she reached the hospital, nurses repeatedly begged the Sheriff’s staff to allow them to unchain the mother, but they refused and Chacon was forced to give birth while still shackled to ...


This is what an asshole looks like.
In Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s world, this is acceptable behavior.

The most recent atrocity committed by the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” involves a woman who was detained while ...

The Feministing Five: Rose Afriyie

Regular readers will have noticed that in recent months, Feministing has brought in a number of new contributors: Ariel, Jos, Lori, Rose and myself. No doubt you’re getting to know them by reading their posts and engaging with their ideas in the comments section, but I also suspect that you might want to know a little more about these wonderful women (I know I do!). Over the last few weeks, I’ve been interviewing my fellow new contributors so that you and I can get to know them a little better. This week, last but not least, I interviewed Rose Afriyie.
Rose is a first generation Ghanaian American who grew up in the Bronx and the Poconos. She got ...

Regular readers will have noticed that in recent months, Feministing has brought in a number of new contributors: Ariel, Jos, Lori, Rose and myself. No doubt you’re getting to know them by reading their posts ...

New Mammogram Guidelines Could Disproportionately Endanger Black Women

In Tuesday’s What We Missed, we briefly mentioned the new USPST mammogram guidelines, which now recommend that women begin getting regular mammograms at age 50 rather than at 40, and that the frequency be reduced from annual to once every two years.
The guidelines have been criticized for being “patronizing” and “dangerous” for women’s health, but there’s one community that is put at particular risk by the guidelines but isn’t receiving as much attention: black women.
My colleague and former classmate Ashton Lattimore writes on News One that “the potential impact of these guidelines on black women is a really important piece of the puzzle that so far hasn’t gotten much discussion.”
In her piece, she interviews ...

In Tuesday’s What We Missed, we briefly mentioned the new USPST mammogram guidelines, which now recommend that women begin getting regular mammograms at age 50 rather than at 40, and that the frequency be reduced from ...

The Feministing Five: Lori Adelman

Regular readers will have noticed that in recent months, Feministing has brought in a number of new contributors: Ariel, Jos, Lori, Rose and myself. No doubt you’re getting to know them by reading their posts and engaging with their ideas in the comments section, but I also suspect that you might want to know a little more about these wonderful women (I know I do!). Over the last few weeks, I’ve been interviewing my fellow new contributors so that you and I can get to know them a little better. This week I interviewed Lori Adelman.
Lori grew up in New Jersey and went to Harvard, where she graduated in 2008 with a degree ...

Regular readers will have noticed that in recent months, Feministing has brought in a number of new contributors: Ariel, Jos, Lori, Rose and myself. No doubt you’re getting to know them ...

A Barbie that really represents black women

Now here is a Barbie that you don’t see everyday. This one was done by Loanne Hizo Ostlie. She is a bad-ass artist who sells Barbies on ebay with the hair re-rooted in diverse styles that are more representative of Black women today.

I often have this image on my desktop because it’s the closest image of Barbie that resembles my look and we all need a little affirmation every now and then. It’s not to say that Barbie with locs is problem free. But this work is an important contribution and it should be acknowledged.

I don’t know if I am on a hair kick because I am still reeling from Chris Rock’s Good Hair shenanigans, but ...

Now here is a Barbie that you don’t see everyday. This one was done by Loanne Hizo Ostlie. She is a bad-ass artist who sells Barbies on ebay with the hair re-rooted in diverse styles ...

Reactions to Good Hair


I wear a few hats on campus. Along with being a graduate student and a Feministing contributor in constant search of my next post, I am also the President of the Campus Coalition for Sexual Literacy (CCSL). CCSL, an org that is an affiliate to the National Sexuality Resource Center, promotes sexual literacy through community forums and serving as a liaison between students and campus health providers. This past Wednesday, with the help of HBO, film distributor Roadside Attractions, University of Michigan academics and student organizations, we held a private screening of Chris Rock’s Good Hair 2 days before the film premiered in Michigan.
While the event, and the conversation that followed with the 300 audience members was ...


I wear a few hats on campus. Along with being a graduate student and a Feministing contributor in constant search of my next post, I am also the President of the Campus Coalition for Sexual Literacy ...

The Feministing Five: Erica Watson

Erica Watson is a comedian, director and actress from Chicago. This month, Erica is performing her one-woman show Fat Bitch! at The Tank theater in New York City. In the show, Watson, a self-described “fat girl,” dissects media images of full-figured Black women, and explores how her weight has shaped her view of the world, and above all, the world’s view of her. The show also tackles how weight and self-esteem can affect women’s sexual lives, a theme Watson mainly addresses by sharing her own personal experiences.
The main goal of the show, Watson says, is to educate male audience members about women’s struggles, and to empower women to live the best, most authentic lives they can. “You ...
Erica Watson is a comedian, director and actress from Chicago. This month, Erica is performing her one-woman show Fat Bitch! at The Tank theater in New York City. In the show, Watson, a self-described “fat ...

The Feministing Five: Melissa Harris-Lacewell

Melissa Harris-Lacewell is a professor, an author, a mother, a prolific Tweeter, and the possible future First Lady of the great city of New Orleans. Harris-Lacewell, an Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University, majored in English, which explains why she was the only interview subject I’ve spoken to who was immediately able to answer question number two in the Feministing Five. She didn’t stay on long on the English track, however, and got her Ph.D in political science at Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Theological Seminary.

Fans of The Rachel Maddow Show will recognize Harris-Lacewell, who frequently appears on Maddow’s show as well as on Countdown with Keith Olbermann (in fact, Harris-Lacewell ...

Melissa Harris-Lacewell is a professor, an author, a mother, a prolific Tweeter, and the possible future First Lady of the great city of New Orleans. Harris-Lacewell, an Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at ...

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