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18 Things White America Needs To Reconcile To Truly Become Colorblind

Black History Month presents the opportunity to explore African-American history: A history marked by the struggle for a fair and equitable America that treats its citizens and residents with respect and dignity, regardless of skin color. However, that struggle is often painted as “the issues of the past” that have been overcome and surpassed thank…

Tiffanie Drayton / February 26, 2015

The Soapbox: Here’s Why Closing The Gender Wage Gap Is A White Feminist Issue

Patricia Arquette’s words, problematic though they may be, were merely an entry point to a much-need conversation about wage inequality. It is up to us to expand on and continue the conversation she attempted to begin. So let’s go ahead and do that.

Tiffanie Drayton / February 24, 2015

Wanderlust: Finding Community While Traveling Alone

I was casually strolling down a sunny Hawaiian street in the small town of Captain Cook alongside a new girlfriend I hadmade a few weeks earlier, when a man pulled his truck over just behind us and tried to get our attention. My immediate response was to ignore him and continue walking, immersed in our…

Tiffanie Drayton / February 23, 2015

9 Comments I’d Like To Respond To In Regards To That “I Don’t Care If You’ve Come Yet” Rant

A little over a week ago, I anonymously published a Frisky Rant piece titled “I Don’t Care If You Haven’t Come Yet.” It detailed an encounter I had with a male partner where, after experiencing a great orgasm, I wanted a moment to enjoy and recuperate — much to his dismay. He was very upset that…

Tiffanie Drayton / February 19, 2015

Wanderlust: A Pit Stop At The ER & Why You Should Travel With Health Insurance

The only thing I didn’t consider when planning this solo traveling adventure is that I might end up in hospital. Sadly, I did.
I woke up in a pool of my own blood a few nights ago and was faced with a difficult choice: Do I go to the ER (which would be ridiculously expensive…

Tiffanie Drayton / February 9, 2015

Wanderlust: 8 Types Of Guys To Avoid On An Island Vacation

Solo traveling can be a great opportunity to meet cool adventurers, especially for single ladies looking to spice up their love lives or have a little fun with dudes with foreign accents. Yes, travel dating can certainly have perks! Exotic locations make for perfect date options, the island breeze brings a nice calm and there…

Tiffanie Drayton / February 2, 2015

Wanderlust: I’m Not Afraid To Travel Alone

I am traveling alone through the islands of Hawaii and I am a young woman. I am not worrying about getting raped every moment of my journey, unlike writer Tara Burton, who wrote about her fears in an article for Salon called “Dangers of Traveling While Female.” I don’t feel as if my life or…

Tiffanie Drayton / January 23, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Is Not Tarnished By His Family, But By The Absence Of Equality In America

It seems that USA Today is concerned with the preservation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy; or at least how his family has profited from it. Their editorial board published an article titled, “Martin Luther King’s Heirs Milk a Legacy” essentially detailed the amount of money the King family has made after hi…

Tiffanie Drayton / January 19, 2015

The Soapbox: On The Sacrifices Expected Of Immigrant Nannies

I have a deep-seated resentment of White parents who specifically hire Black immigrant women or people of color as nannies. Whenever I go to the park or take a stroll through New York City on any day of the work week and see large groups of Black or minority women pushing strollers with…

Tiffanie Drayton / December 24, 2014

7 Tips For White Women In Interracial Relationships

I recently got into a interesting conversation with a few White women I know, who happen to date Black or minority men, and it really highlighted a need to explore the complexities of such unions in greater depth. Though I do support the right to love anyone, regardless of color (or gender/gender identity), I also…

Tiffanie Drayton / December 9, 2014

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tiffanie Drayton / October 20, 2014

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