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EVERYONE SHOULD BE A FEMINIST.
Equality for all human beings.
loVe for everyone despite race and gender.
Emphasis on EQUALITY because everyone should be entitled to the same rights and privledges.
Respecting our biological differences and understanding that it is because of our differences we are here today.
Youth, what are we teaching them, if we are disrespecting our women in the media and the private homes?
pOwer as we are stronger as a force together, rather than divided and easy to conquer.
No longer neglecting women from sectors of the society. We should be able to be involved in the political, economical, and social of our world.
Equality once again. Who can has the power to take away our God given rights to have a place in this world?
One thing this class has taught me is that we have to be advocate feminism and inspire those to embrace it. Because of the negative images surrounding the word, many people refuse to be associated with the term. This reduces the power of our force against sexist oppression as we can not only trying to convince men but women.
I think it is sad that here we are in 2012 (the year everything is suppose to “end”) and we are still fighting for equality among races and sex. I think that as the US is the current hegemony nation of the world, we should lead by example and should already have equality for all! We are suppose to be such a civilized, advance, technologically powerful, and modern society, yet we are still fighting for rights that was never suppose to be taken away in the beginning.
In today’s society there is a lot of Independent women out there, getting multiple degrees, high paying jobs and not relying on anyone else. Why is it that some men might misinterpret this type of women as a dominating women, instead of being an independent/strong woman. Why is it that an automatic turn off for some guys, or that men might find them intimidating. A lot of men have problems with their significant other making more money then them. The man and women both chose their career path, so why do these men hold it against these women who have high paying jobs. I also agree that some women may be dominating and use their high paying jobs the authority in the relationship. But I believe their are many women out there who are in these positions that arent dominating but just independent, and dont have to rely on their counterpart at all. Personally I have come from a household where my mother made more than my father so this was introduced to me at a early age. If my wife makes more money than I do, I wouldnt have a problem with it, and if I did i would try to go back and get a better degree or climb the corporate latter to attain a higher salary than her. For the most part I dont have a problem with it, but I am only one guy, but why do other men have a problem with a women’s independence?
New Generations of Black Feminists
The 19th-century black feminist movement had its roots in the abolitionist movement; it was, in fact, at a global abolitionists’ meeting that the Seneca Falls organizers got their idea for a convention. Still, despite their efforts, the central question of 19th century feminism was whether it was acceptable to promote black civil rights over women’s rights.
The 1980s were a depressing period for the American feminist movement. The Equal Rights Amendment was dead. The conservative and hyper masculine rhetoric of the Reagan years dominated national discourse. The Supreme Court began to drift incrementally to the right on important women’s rights issues. And an aging generation of predominantly white, upper-class activists largely failed to address issues impacting women of color, low-income women, and women living outside of the United States.
In 1993, feminist author Rebecca Walker–herself young, Southern, African-American, Jewish, and bisexual–coined the term “third-wave feminism” to describe a new generation of young feminists working to create a more inclusive and comprehensive movement.
It is 2012. What are the issues of the day at the forefront of black feminism? From many of our readings we see that oppression, sexism and racism are still very much prevalent. Writers speak of a ‘new racism’ that plagues us. Mass media has not represented blacks in a good light. Upon reflecting what I learned this semester about the wonderful contributions of the “original change agents”, I pondered, What would the 19th century black women think of us? Would love to know what you think.
In going to see the movie Think like a Man it had me thinking about a lot of stuff that we talked about in class. However, the first thing that came to mind is why during the movie it only shows black women who can not seem to get there men to act right? It shows a single mother, A woman who’s boyfriend does not want to commit to her, a woman who “gives it up to early”, and a strong corporate woman who can not seem to find a man that lives up to her standards. In the movie it shows these women desperately trying learn ways to find a man or to keep the ones they have. But it was very interesting to me that their were only two white males and one was happily married and the other one (who dated a black woman) had issues committing to her. This maybe a little left field but it made me think that this black woman who takes care of him is good enough to do his laundry but not good enough for him to commit to and also that only black people have issues when it comes to relationships and respecting one another. As for the strong black woman, it shows her lowering her standards even though she finds love, I am not sure how I feel about her having being classified as being a man herself therefore she doesn’t need one to be in a relationship with. That comment made me think of when we talked about the black woman already being liberated because she was classified as being “to strong”. Even though this movie made me question some stuff that was said all in all it was a good movie.
Throughout the week I have been confronted with situations where I can plainly see that, as African American women, we go through alot of unnecessary trials because we do not know our worth. I believe that we are battling images created and established for us prior to birth without the knowledge of what they entail and how our lives are shaped around them; so we conform to them without realizing it. At my job I sometimes see cases that make me want to scream out to my African American sisters, but in order to keep the job, I’m unable to speak with them frankly. We are struggling, as a minority group, with all of the elements that we have been discussing during this course: classism, racism, sexism, a lost identity, and unity. Many of the disputes that I see and hear about are one Black woman against another, and it is kind of expected. Of the cases that I am privy to, I see that there is a lack of value and self worth; I say to myself, “If she only knew that she is worth more than this”, or “she has got to know that she deserves better.” Sadly, in most cases, they don’t. This mindset is not relegated to courthouse drama or any particular institution, thats where it often ends, but starts in our own homes. I write this blog because it saddens me, and we have to do a better job of uplifting each other. Giving compliments and kind words to each other instead of constant judgment. We so badly need it in our society today because the odds are stacked against us and many of us do not understand that we are so much more than the pictures other people have painted of us.
Before coming to college I don’t think I would have ever called myself a feminist. My opinion of feminism was skewed by the negative representations of what it means to be a feminist by the media. Changing my minor to women’s studies was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Upon taking these courses I was enlightened and I believe that these courses also helped me find my true calling. I can now confidently say that I advocate feminism and that I am a feminist. Being an african american feminist deals with a lot more than simply equal rights for women. Being an african american feminist means that I am a strong woman whose thoughts are shaped by ending oppression in all forms for all people. Being an african american feminist means that I can uplift black men and show young children that we are not defined by the negative stereotypes of us in the media, but that we are defined by the knowledge and strength that allows us to fight for a better tomorrow. Being an african american feminist means that I can give a voice to those who struggle to find theirs. Being an African-American feminist means that I can continue to fight the negative images and perceptions of my brothers and sisters by being educated and aware. Being an african american feminist means that I can be proud of my sexuality without trying to hide who I truly am. For these reasons and many more I am so thankful that the women who came before me made it possible for me to not only become an educated black woman, but a black woman who is comfortable in her own skin. Learning more about african american feminism and its ideals has overall helped me to become a better person and for that I am greatly humbled and appreciative.
By: Kathleen J. King
As I peered through the window display of a book store, I noticed several books grouped together—all of the titles included the word “bitch.” It got me thinking about Women’s History Month. Should we rename it: Bitches’ History Month?
I had been hoping to find some more intelligent life in that window: perhaps books on the women’s history and civil rights movements, Seneca Falls, Bella Abzug, or Gloria Steinem?
Instead, I found:
• Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl—A Woman’s Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship
• Skinny Bitch
• I Bitch, Therefore I am
The notion that women and the editors who publish them are using the term nonstop to get a reaction from us readers—eh, potential buyers—truly bothers me. Is this the path to celebrating women—or reinforcing negative stereotypes?
Words can make us squirm. Some go to the extreme of asking us not to use a word. A Queens, New York, councilman recently proposed a symbolic ban on the N-word. It was later approved by the New York City Council, but that’s a whole other—and equally interesting—conversation that merits its own article.
But whether or not you agree with the use of the B-word, can’t we be more creative about what we call ourselves as women? Must we call ourselves the very stereotypes we’ve been fighting against since the beginning of time: gold diggers, hookers and whores? (The list is endless, but I won’t bore you here; as women, you know them all by now.)
When I look around me at role models and other women I admire—writers, artists, businesswomen, stay-at-home moms, leaders in my community, activists, politicians, environmentalists, scientists, CEOs, global leaders, and family members—I don’t see them using the word. I don’t hear or read about them referring to themselves and other women as “bitches.” Why? It’s undignified for one. And it doesn’t advance women necessarily.
Thinking about how we use words is exciting, thought provoking, and invites discussion. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons we do it. I’d love to hear what you think.
The trial for the slaying of Jennifer Hudson's family has began. This was such a tradgedy as Hudson recieved her awards for "Dreamgirls" and her fame was becoming very real. I could not imagine this happening to my family. When the media first heard of the murders, the coverage focused on stereotypes and assumptions. This clouded all viewer's perceptions of who and what was really involved. Almost immediately it was assumed that the incident was drug related and cast a negative affect on Hudson's family. The killer, Hudson's sisters' boyfriend, threatened to murder the family over two dozen times. This goes to show that it was "normal behavior" for her to be treated this way by her boyfriend.
Is marriage dead? I feel as though that marriage isnt as valued as it was in the past. Marriage is suppose to be a Sacred bond between two individuals who love one another but in today’s society it taken for granted. When women or men marry someone else because of their money, or for other reasons outside of love. With the portrayal of marriage in the media, how could it be viewed as sacred? With shows such as Real Housewives of Atlanta where I believe only 2 out of them are actually married. Shows such as Basketball wives, Hip Hop wives where a lot of these women arent even married. Then shows like the flavor of love, and I love new york that doesnt give off the best presentation of african american relationships. Shows such as who wants to marry a millionaire, the bachelor, the bachelorette, and who wants to marry a midget are taken as a joke, but yet after all of these shows majority of Americans are against Same-sex marriage.
I recently just went to a program that was all about stereotypes and why a person stereotypes an individual before they get to know them. I found it very interesting that a lot of black people are always worried about being stereotype as being “thugs”, “hood rats” or “ratchet”. However we stereotype other races just as much and it was very interesting and surprising to hear from their point of view about the stereotypes that are attached to Asians, Hispanics, and Caucasians. The women of these other races also had a few words to say about how they are portrayed in the media as well and how the media seems to blur the lines of what is fact and what is fiction. It made me think that even though we all do not go through exactly the same situations, we are all still going after something similar…equality even though there are deeper obstacles that have to be faced for each race.