“…people overcomplicate it. It’s simply believing in equality between men and women”
In the January issue of Allure, Jennifer Aniston sums up feminism in just one sentence. If we reminded ourselves more often that the movement’s bottom line is simply about equality, we’d all save ourselves a lot of grief. Aniston posed in a gorgeous topless shot alongside old friend Chris McMillan (the genius behind “The Rachel” haircut), and had a lot to tell the magazine about her right to simply be herself. She’s sick of the unfair pressure placed on women to have children and society’s silly tendency to fawn all over actresses when they choose to play an “ugly” character. [Image via Michael Thompson/Allure]
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A year ago today (well, technically tonight/tomorrow at midnight), Beyoncé blew the Hive’s mind by dropping her super secret visual album, BEYONCÉ, without fanfare or promotion, probably because she knew it was the best thing ever. In celebration of the last year, which saw the pop star embark on both a solo tour in support of the album and a co-headlining tour with husband Jay Z, Beyonce released a 11+ minute short film on YouTube today, called “Yours and Mine.” In the film, Bey reflects on, what else, Beyoncé, and shares her thoughts on everything from feminism and motherhood to fame and marriage, all themes from her album. The film itself is full of visuals you’ll recognize from the videos that accompanied each of the tracks on BEYONCÉ, plus some never-before-seen footage, like Bey brushing her teeth. Keep reading »
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“I think the big thing about feminism is that it scares men because, you know—the big deal is that people are scared of being controlled…I want to be clear that feminism is not saying ‘women are better than men.’ That’s not what’s going on … What it is is that we’re talking about gender equality, true gender equality …b ut the problem is that men have always felt like they’re more valuable … I have been that guy where I felt I was more valuable than my wife and kids.”
I’m not a football fan and I don’t watch”Brooklyn 99″ so while I recognize Terry Crews’ face, I am wholly unfamiliar with his work as an athlete and actor. But after watching this interview with Crews (above), I’m psyched to learn more, especially about his recent foray into gender criticism. Crews has written a book called Manhood: How to Be A Better Man — Or Just Live With One, and participated in the recent “What Makes A Man 2014: Maps to Manhood” conference, showing just how easy it is for men to support feminist ideals without taking over and dominating feminist spaces. Check out a few more choice quotes from Crews’ interview after the jump! Keep reading »
In early October, Gloria Steinem and bell hooks sat on stage at the New School in New York City and addressed an audience of like-minded people who listened attentively, fan-girling over the two feminist icons. A young woman asked how conversations about women’s issues can include those who aren’t keenly aware of them. Read more on Huffington Post Women…
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, as a Black woman, I do not share that same freedom or privilege to so easily align myself with gendered politics. I elaborated on that notion sometime ago in a piece that I wrote about intersectionality. In summary, my existence is plagued by both White patriarchy and racism. Neither of those plights outweigh the other, though both do have their own implications that are divisive and confusing. Therefore, I, as well as other women of color, am constantly at odds with the struggle against racism and patriarchy. It’s a predicament where I must constantly defend my position as a woman who cares about women’s issues to Black men– and the Black community– who claim that the main political focus of any Black individual should be tackling racism and White supremacy. And, similarly, I must constantly defend myself to White women who expect that women will readily adopt a White feminist agenda that does not account for the particular position that women of color occupy.
This is my statement to both of these demographics: I care not for your acceptance or approval. I stand upon the platform built for me by my foremothers, the Black women who understood the various struggles that plague women of color and the truth that advancement for us cannot be realized without the release of our community — and men — from the shackles of racism. I stand beside Alice Walker, bell hooks, Clenora Hudson-Weems and the myriad of women who understand my struggle and advocate for progress for the Black community. Keep reading »