Tiffanie Drayton

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An Open Letter To Iggy Azalea Regarding Her Appropriation Of Black Culture While Ignoring The Issues Faced By The Black Community

Dear Iggy Azalea, I was a Black child of the '90s who grew up on hip-hop and R&B. Some of my favorite adolescent memories were set to the soundtrack of the likes of Toni Braxton, Tupac, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Nas. I may have only been seven-years-old when DJ Kool announced, "Let Me Clear My…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 4, 2014

Over-Policed & Under-Served: How The Phrase “Fuck The Police” Was Born

"You fucking stupid bitch," a man screamed followed by the slam of a car door. Feet thumped and the passenger door swung open. The incoherent pleas of a woman could be heard. Then the loud sound of skin making contact with skin reverberated through the late night, down the empty street. My brother, sister and…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 1, 2014

Why Minority Male Oppression Is A Feminist Issue

I am at odds with feminism and my conflict is a "race issue." For White women, defining oneself as feminist is pretty simple. The need to advance a female political agenda -- while dismissing male oppression -- makes sense in a world where White men maintain the highest position and power. I understand that. However,…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 25, 2014

7 Things Feminists Should Understand About Today’s Men

The feminist movement began as a struggle for basic rights: women's suffrage, reproductive rights, access to work and education, and equal rights within those institutions. Through the hard work and dedication of our foremothers, many of those feats have been won. As a result, our culture has become dominated by a narrative that is not…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 18, 2014

More Thoughts On Jean-Paul Goude, The Black Jezebel Stereotype & That Racist Kim Kardashian Photoshoot

Yesterday, I did a brief post on the racism displayed in Kim Kardashian's much talked about Paper magazine cover and photoshoot. I focused on Kardashian's demotion from "Whiteness" in society because of her relationships with Black men; relationships that have essentially cast her into the realm of "Blackness" where her body is readily exploited and…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 13, 2014

Kim Kardashian Is Exploiting Her ‘Honorary Black Womanhood’ With Her Latest Hypersexualized Magazine Cover

Kim Kardashian's derriere has cause quite the stir online with the release of her Paper magazine cover, mostly invoking discussions about the "realness" of the posterior or the likelihood that the greased asset has been Photoshopped. While consumers mull over these trivialities, I'd rather talk about how the great machine of America's racism is once…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 12, 2014

Girl Talk: My Best Friend, My Beauty Muse

Whenever anyone asks my mother what I was like as a child, she always responds by telling stories of her first attempts to put me in a dress as a toddler. "I would just finish dressing her and she would be looking like the cutest little princess," she usually relays, "After I turned my back…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 6, 2014

An Open Letter About The Racist Undertones Of That Viral Street Harassment Video

Dear Hollaback & Rob Bliss Creative, I have watched your collaborative video depicting the menacing street harassment of a young, white woman as she casually walked through the streets of New York. You captured dozens of men making unwarranted comments -- some more "innocent" than others -- as well as the incredibly uncomfortable actions of…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 31, 2014

5 Technological Breakthroughs That Will Change The Way Men & Women Interact

Many of society's roles and traditions that govern the male/female relationship have their roots in a single biological imperative: to procreate. We long understood that in order to keep our species from going extinct, certain rules and guidelines must be put in place to help men and women get along and keep it together long…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 21, 2014

Why Americans Riot: 10 Historical Examples Of Bad And Better Reasons To Riot

When riots broke out after citizens of Ferguson took to the streets to protest the murder of Mike Brown by a police officer, the media was littered with imagery and stories of violent and savage Black people destroying the city. To a large extent, those images overshadowed the reason for the protests and even gave…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 20, 2014

True Story: I Was Stalked By A Random Dude And My Friends Laughed About It

Last week, I had a stalker experience that left me feeling very uneasy. I frequent a Starbucks about a mile away from my house and sometimes just spend the entire day there writing. On one particular afternoon, a young man came into the cafe. I just happened to look up at that same exact moment…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 17, 2014

The Soapbox: “The Whiteness Project” Is A Pageantry Of White Ignorance

In case you are unaware, there is something called "The Whiteness Project." Per the website, the project, from documentary director Whitney Dow, is "a multiplatform investigation into how Americans who identify as 'white' experience their ethnicity." The first installment, titled "Inside the White Caucasian Box," was released a few days ago and is an assemblage…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 15, 2014

Frisky Rant: Peter Pans & The Women Who Love Them All Need To Grow Up

This piece does not target all men. It is geared towards the demographic of Peter Pans among the male population who, regardless of age just refuse to grow up. They are the dudes who believe they are working towards a gig that will be extremely lucrative in the long run, but in the interim they are 30+…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 13, 2014

The Soapbox: Fear Me If You Do Not Respect My Right To Walk Down The Street In Peace

Before the movement to end street harassment really gained steam, I penned an essay about my childhood experiences as a poor, Black girl. In the piece, I detailed an interaction I had, at 11 years old with a group of men more than two times my age, where they publicly sexually harassed me while on my…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 10, 2014

10 Things White Feminists Should Know To Better Understand Intersectionality

Politically and socially, the most powerful demographic, with the exception of White men, is White women. Though still underrepresented in key economic and power positions, White women enjoy numerous social benefits, maintain political power as a “majority” voting body, are still allowed access to the resources provided by White men through marriage or other familial…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 6, 2014

8 Reasons Why Feminism Isn’t “Anti-Male”

As highlighted in Emma Watson's recent speech addressed to the United Nations, society has ravaged the word "feminism." For many, the term has become synonymous with "anti-male." This perception derives from the attempt to view feminism as a singular movement or theory founded by lesbians and promoted by man haters. In actuality, feminism represents a…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 26, 2014

Frisky Rant: What’s So Funny About Forcing A Woman To Kiss You?

A bunch of obviously misogynistic "pranks" have been circling my Facebook newsfeed for a few days now and it is just pissing me off. In one particular video, that really can’t be labelled as a prank because there is absolutely nothing funny about it, a young man walks up to a random woman, asks a…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 23, 2014

Girl Talk: On Police Brutality & Experiencing Blackness Through My Boyfriend’s Eyes

I think I may have had a small mental break down last week. I knew it was coming, I was all tight with emotion after some of the responses I received on an open letter I wrote to some New York school teachers who wore NYPD shirts to school on the first day of class--…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 22, 2014

10 Things No One Tells Men That Will Make Them Better Lovers

There are many reasons why men don’t necessarily know what women really like in bed. The most important: a lack of access to real information. Movies oversimplify sex by not really showing what happens in the sack, pornography is just, well, pornography, and "Talk Sex With Sue Johanson" is off the air. Aside from that,…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 15, 2014

The Soapbox: Why I Cannot Be Friends With People Who Don’t Share My Politics

Some years ago, a young man that I was casually dating invited me to a birthday party with some of his friends who all moved to New York City, from Florida, to go to college. It was a scenario I had long grown accustomed to: I was the only Black girl amongst a group of…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 11, 2014

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