Welcome to Our Blog!

Welcome to our blog!

As part of our collective efforts to be social change agents, we will host this weblog on issues pertinent to African American Feminist Theory. This space is our space to share our collective voice as it relates to issues concerned with African American Feminism.  You will be responsible for contributing to the blog and commenting on classmates’ posts at least 10 times throughout the semester. To familiarize yourself with the technology and with WordPress check out the tutorial at http://learn.wordpress.com/.

Please follow the instructions in the syllabus to get started. I can’t wait to see what we create together!

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Posted on December 5, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. African American women have made a lot of social progress in today’s culture from when they first arrived here in the US, but sadly there are still aspects of and opinions on their social stature that remain biased and narrow-minded. In deciding on a topic for this post I was inspired to talk specifically about the prejudiced notion that a particular way of dress for women elicits a certain kind of behavior from other people. That to wear clothes that can be characterized as “skimpy”, “tight”, or “provocative” means that it’s then okay that people are willing to put their hands on you or call you a derogatory name. I personally feel that regardless of any kind of clothes a woman, or anyone, wears in public, no one should feel like they have the right to disrespect them by inappropriately touching or speaking to them. Fashion is a social construct and varies greatly throughout the world. Where it’s customary in the Muslim faith for women to cover up their hair and even their face at times, women in some African cultures walk around in their everyday lives literally topless. Although, within the American culture, our women are conceptually “allowed” to wear whatever they believe best suits their bodies; we are still discriminated against, talked about, and even belittled solely based off of our attire.

    As a personal example a friend of mine went to a night club on New Year’s wearing a mini skirt, along with a camisole, a blazer, and a pair of heels. She was appropriately clothed for the occasion. While standing at the bar she was approached by a young man who inappropriately groped her from behind. When she retaliated, he responded by saying “The way you’re dressed, you’re asking for it.” When my friend told me this, I became extremely livid and appalled at the idea that this man felt as though he had the right to lay his hands on a woman in such an inappropriate manner all due to her attire. I feel that women are judged off of what they wear but their clothes have nothing to do with their personality. Even if a man feels that a woman is revealing a little too much in whatever she has on, he is not entitled to use that as an excuse to downgrade her value or character. Black women, as well as all types of people, should not feel obligated to tailor themselves to all the social norms.

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