I almost feel bad for black women. It seems like the majority of the time they’re written about in the mainstream media, it’s about one of two topics: Why aren’t any of them married? as a question or None of them are married! as a statement. How frustrating that their representation in culture is thinned down to their marital status, right? The latest example is a new book by Stanford law professor Ralph Richard Banks called Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone about the so-called “man shortage” among middle-class blacks. As promotion for his book, Banks also published a piece in The New York Daily News last week entitled, “Why Black Women Are Justifiably Bitter: The Bleak Relationship Picture For African-American Females,” which began with the paragraph:
“Stereotypes of black women as angry or bitter are pervasive. They are also more accurate than many people would like to acknowledge: many black women have perfectly good reasons to be angry or bitter.”
Oof. Keep reading »
Yesterday, thanks to Summer’s Eve douching products, I learned that my vagina is “the most powerful thing on Earth and that samauri warriors and medieval jousting was all about fighting over a good, clean vagina. It turns out there are more douche-y douche commercials where that came from. Keep reading »
Race-related anti-abortion billboards strike again! At least 25 billboards reading “Black is beautiful” with a picture of a black baby and the URL for an anti-abortion web sitehave been posted this month in Oakland, California. The billboards are paid for by the Radiance Foundation, an anti-abortion group which is also responsible for slavery-related billboards in Atlanta which read “The 13th amendment freed us, abortion enslaves us,” and billboards in Houston which read “Black & Unwanted.” The goal of the Radiance Foundation, as you may have guessed by now, is to suggest that legal abortion is a plot to exterminate black people. This is hogwash for a variety of reasons I’ve explained in detail in past posts like this one. Keep reading »
Tactics used by anti-abortion groups just keep getting uglier. The latest “ugh!” is courtesy of the Radiance Foundation, whose new billboards target black women and read “The 13th Amendment freed us. Abortion enslaved us” and “Abortion makes three-fifths human seem overly generous.” The billboards purposefully appeared on June 19, or Juneteenth, which is the anniversary of the end of slavery in America. Said Ryan Scott Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation:
“When you look at what abortion has brought to the black community, it can’t be typified to anything other than present-day slavery. It’s just like slavery, because you have a class of people who are considered less than human, and therefore they can be treated like property.”
Why, yes, having reproductive rights is just like slavery. Keep reading »
The trailer for “Dark Girls,” a new documentary about black women and their skin tone, had me in tears by the end. “Dark Girls” examines racism and colorism both inside and outside of the black community and the societal devaluing of dark-skinned blacks (cough, Psychology Today, cough) dating back to slavery. I don’t feel as if I, as a white woman, can really do justice to the potential of this film, so I’ll encourage you to read this great post about “Dark Girls” on The Black Snob by blogger Danielle Belton. For us documentary fans, this one is definitely a must-see.
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What’s worse than offensive articles, like “The Top 10 Hottest Female Sex Offenders” — that are ‘just kidding’?
Offensive articles, like “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?,” published in reputable (?) magazines like Psychology Today that are serious.
Yesterday, Psychology Today pulled an article it posted online by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanzawa, which sought to explain why black women are considered “unattractive” based on a study of the attractiveness of different races. (However, you can still read the article and see the illustrated graphs here.) Satoshi Kanzawa referenced a study in which white, Asian and Native American women were rated “attractive,” while blacks were markedly not, and men of all races were rated equally “unattractive.” Keep reading »