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VULTURE: In Its First Season, The Handmaid’s Tale’s Greatest Failing Is How It Handles Race

While it’s easy to cast people of color in a variety of roles, it’s far harder to meaningfully evoke the ways race affects our lives — The Handmaid’s Tale is a classic example of the problem with settling for diversity that exists out of a desire to be “color-blind.”


PAJIBA: Film Twitter Needs More Female Voices

When every story you see, particularly the most expensive and widely appealing ones, are told exclusively through a white male lens, something is fundamentally wrong with our culture. The same can be said about the ways in which we consume and understand that culture. Even the most understanding and erudite of male critics — seriously, we do love you guys — can stumble when it comes to work made by and for women.


WOMEN'S MARCH: Reflect & Resist

The ways in which oppressive institutions are interconnected and perpetuate oppression cannot be examined separately from one another. When we examine issues of oppression in silos, people fall through the cracks and into the margins. We commit to focusing on those cracks and margins. In doing so, we strive to unfurl  an umbrella under which individually powerful movements - racial justice, gender justice, disability justice, labor justice, and more - can unite, with a collective emphasis on the people and communities that are so often left behind or treated as an afterthought.


BUZZFEED: 15 Charts For Anyone Trying To Be A Better Adult This Month

This diagram helps break down some of the distinctions that some feminist writers and thinkers consider. It’s from writer Cate Young, who includes much more context and description in her post “This Is What I Mean When I Say White Feminism.”


TWO BOSSY DAMES: Sea of Chaos; Island of Frivolity

Catherine Young, a Bitch Media Writing Fellow & culture critic, has been continuously updating a VERY essential thread on how news isn’t neutral, even when journalists are striving to adhere to ethical best practices (and especially when news is breaking).


BGD: Why Non-Black People of Color Need To Stop Blaming Black People for Their Erasure

The thing non-Black people of color seem to have a hard time understanding is that black hyper-visibility is not a privilege. Hyper-visibility of black people doesn’t translate into less systemic anti-black racism or more justice for black people.


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INTO THE GLOSS: The Trouble With Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here"

Here’s an interesting concept! You can make these statements without objectifying black women yourself! According to blogger Cate from BattyMamzelle: “To me, this is the equivalent of putting a television character in blackface in order to “show that blackface is bad.” It’s great that that’s the message you want to send, but you don’t combat the racist act by participating in it.


NPR CODESWITCH: About This Miley Business...

The blogger BattyMamzelle wrote a post which was also posted on Jezebel that has garnered a ton of attention. Along the lines of our continuing roundtable on race, feminism and digital spaces, she wondered why so many feminists who were defending Cyrus from slut-shaming were missing all the hard-to-miss racial imagery the pop star was playing with.


VULTURE: What Everyone Said About Miley Cyrus's VMA Performance

Yesterday, on cue, the Internet exploded in debate over Miley Cyrus's VMA performance. Others identified the implicit and oft-explicit slut-shaming to be found in many mainstream media responses. Here's our roundup of critical responses.


Code Red for Gender Justice: Bodies, Power & Caribbean Feminists on Lily Allen’s Hard Out There

I put this post together because I was dissatisfied with the way in which Sociological Images chose to report audience responses to the video.  I found their approach to be uncritical, apologetic, sympathetic even and extremely weak on the analysis of race and power.  After seeking permission I made this “private” conversation among Caribbean feminists a public commentary that goes beyond the Lily Allen video to think about black women’s sexual expression in the face of social relations of power of gender, race, class, among others.


 

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