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I-Female

I-Female is a magazine that helps inspire, motivate, and encourage every woman. They also aim to educate, empower and uplift women in many different areas such as entrepreneurial development. Furthermore, they bring awareness to domestic violence and depression and allow victims or survivors to look at themselves as strong women. Through the many pages of the magazine and also the website, I-Female hopes to become a voice for young girls, teens, and adult women.

With our discussion talking about how African Americans can develop a more progressive Black Sexual Politics, I feel that this was a good example. This magazine aspires to reconstruct the stigma’s that have been placed on single mothers, and also teach young people how to overcome trails in their life. From the magazine’s website, you can truly conclude that the purpose is to encourage, educate and motivate women. For example below is a youtube video educating viewers of 14 African American Women everyone should familiar with.

Also, the website provides a Quote of the Day. April 24: “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincent Peale

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Miss Representation

While doing some research, I came across this website and video trailer for a film called Miss Representation. This film exposes how American youth are being sold the idea that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. The Miss Representation campaign seeks to empower women and girls and challenge media labels. I found this trailer and website to be quite interesting, seeing how we have been discussing media representation of women. Although this campaign doesn’t solely target African American women, I think it’s good for women of all walks of life to come together and fight against media labels. At the end of the day, African American women aren’t the only ones being misrepresented in the media.

Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Since we have been discussing African American women who contributed to a feminist agenda and April is the national sexual assault awareness month I decided to post something relative to those topics. “NO! The Rape documentary” was written, produced and directed by incest and rape survivor Aishah Shahidah Simmons. She spent eleven years on the documentary, seven of which were full time dedicated to working on the documentary. This documentary explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African Americans. NO! is also a Black feminist educational organizing tool, which is being used in the global movement to end violence against women and children. NO! also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia.

Among completing the documentary, Simmons is noted as an award-winning African American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. In 1992, she founded AfroLez Productions, which is an AfroLezfemcentric multimedia arts company committed to using the moving image, the written and spoken word to counteract the negative impact of racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism on the lives of marginalized and oppressed people. AfroLezfemcentric defines the culturally conscious role of Black women who identify as Afrocentri, lesbian, and feminist.

 

Professor Anita Hill

I commend Professor Anita Hill for taking the time out of her schedule to allow the student body and general public to take part in hearing her lecture. I was quite pleased that I was in attendance that evening. She touched on many different points that not only expanded my knowledge on gender equality, but also made me aware of some things that I knew little information about. Overall, her lecture provided some inspiration and insight on how to end gender equality.

In her lecture, Professor Hill discusses how the hearings 20 years ago have helped confront multiple issues of sexual misconduct in the work atmosphere. Furthermore, she talks about how the Supreme Court plays a role in the equality of women. Likewise, Hill gives some important points on things we need to do such as have more representative judiciary.  There is a critical need for more women’s perspectives. In closing, Professor Hill states that “the ability to have our voices heard is essential to gender equality” and I strongly agree with her statement!

Happy-To-Be-Nappy

In this article it talks about a group of black women that started a campaign to donate 40 black Barbie dolls to young black girls. However, they made the dolls have curly hair. The aim of this campaign is to show girls that it’s okay the way God made them. I found this article interesting because I can remember growing up and wondering why there weren’t any dolls that looked like me.

Furthermore, this article made me think of the doll test article that we read and also the video that we watched in class. I feel as though if there were more dolls that looked like African Americans, then young children would grow to have more self-love and self-acceptance. This could be a start to reconstruct young minds that feel as though white dolls look more themselves instead of black dolls. Nevertheless, parents should be teaching their children to love themselves.

Role of Black Women in Music Videos

Last week in my Women and the Media class we analyzed music videos, specifically rap and Hip Hop. One of the themes we discussed was the role that Black and Latina women perform in rap videos. Often times, women of color play the role of being a sexually objectified video vixen that captures the attention of everyone in the video. These women are casted based on their bodies and how open they are to doing certain things in the video.

It just seems like in today’s society, we have fewer and fewer positive roles within the media. This bothers me because I don’t want younger girls growing up and viewing the different roles that African American women play in the media and thinking that’s something that they want to be when they grow up. I often hear girls saying, “I wish I had a bigger butt or bigger breasts”. I feel like with the way the media is going now, we will have many girls just like Pecola, chasing something that’s not them.

Is this what we are teaching our young girls today??

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhctXSIFv8BDbY9I9S

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhz48H5d3k6XO08Xwh

I came across these two videos while browsing the Internet and I was in complete shock. In one video, a group of young girls are dancing to explicit music, which they shouldn’t be listening to. The worst thing about it is that grown folks are sitting around watching and encouraging the girls to keep going. Furthermore, in the other video, two girls are showing a baby how to “twerk”.

This is a pure example of bad parenting. I often  hear people make comments about Black people not knowing how to raise there kids. I am not saying that it’s true but it’s videos like these two that show that African American mothers aren’t doing their jobs. I am appalled that someone would show these young girls these promiscuous dances. Instead of allowing their kids to listen and dance to inappropriate music, they should be teaching them how to read, write, and other useful things they can use in life. When I was growing up, we played games and did what normal kids at that age are suppose to do. We weren’t allowed to listen to music that had cursing in it and let alone no one taught us how to dance. I think it’s a shame that today’s media and music are corrupting our young kids.

The M.R.S. and the Ph.D.

I came across this article that discusses whether having a degree distracts or affects your chances of getting married.  It does state how as women we’re constantly told to let the man lead and that they should be the breadwinners. Nevertheless, it is taught that we’re supposed to be with someone that is “equally yolked”.  If you look around campus, there is an overwhelming ratio of women to men. Therefore, there is a chance that you could have a higher degree than your partner. At the end of the day, I feel like having a degree(s) shouldn’t affect your chances of getting married. If anything, society should be promoting young men to pursue degrees.

Nevertheless, this article shed some light on African American women and marriage. It stated that from a previous study back in 2008, 70 percent of African American college graduates had married, compared to 60 percent of high school graduates and 53 percent of high school dropouts. It also talked about how Black women are less likely to divorce. These facts stuck out to me because for once there’s something positive said about African American women.

What are your top five issues or concerns as a black woman in the 21st century?

http://www.whataboutourdaughters.com/waod/2007/12/4/the-top-five-issues-facing-african-american-women-in-the-21s.html

I came across this blog post and found it to be interesting since this relates to our class. Although the blog post was initially posted some years ago, it made me think about five issues or concerns that I have as a black woman. The author made some interesting viewpoints and you can tell how passionate she was about her opinion and thoughts on this subject.

I would say my top five concerns, as a black woman, would be as follows:

Health

In order for the African American feminist movement to continue forward, we have to quit losing our strong women to diseases and illnesses. So many African American women leave this earth as a result of breast cancer and AIDS. Not to mention, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and physical abuse. It’s time to stop the cycle of domestic violence, get tested

Education

In today’s society, education is essentially an necessity in order to be successful. I commend the students who desire to further their education beyond a high school diploma, and also the adult students for taking the time to go back to school and earn a degree. However, I see so many young girls dropping out of high school due to teenage pregnancy.

Financial Hurdles

As stated in class, African American women need to educate themselves on being financially stable. Black women are overwhelmed with credit card debt and loans and most are living from paycheck to paycheck. I hope that in the future, there will be more classes that teach you about retirement and how to be financially stable within this economy.

Misrepresentation of Black Women

Often times, people take what they see from black reality TV shows and assume that all African American women act like. I feel that this is yet another negative stereotype that depicts African American women in the wrong way.

Unity

So many times I see black women fighting against other black women. This is tearing us down. We should be coming together to fight for justice and uplifting one another. There are so many things that are against us already, fighting against each other isn’t helping the situation.

These are just five things that concern me as a black woman. I encourage others to read the blog post and voice your opinion on this matter if you like. 🙂

Submission?

I recently had a conversation with some friends and we were discussing whether we could see ourselves being housewives and being 100% submissive to our husbands. The controversy came when we compared our views to the views of our supervisor, who is an early 50’s African American married male whose been married for 20+ odd years to his wife, and mother of his children, who was an stay at home mother until their children started school. His views are similar to those of someone from back in the day where the wife is a stay at home mother and basically listens to whatever her husband says and is pretty much completely submissive to her husband. There’s nothing wrong with that; however, I feel like times have changed and we are no longer living in that time period. I feel like in a marriage your suppose to meet each other half way and support each other. Coming from a background of being taught to be independent, I just can’t see myself putting my goals and aspirations on the back burner to be a housewife. I would take off time from work to dedicate to my children, but to not work at all is really not an option for me. Furthermore, I can’t see myself just being 100% submissive and not using the voice I have. I understand that the man is suppose to be head of household; however, I will not be controlled like I don’t have a mind of my own. Anyone agree or disagree? Feel free to voice your opinion J