Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Reading

The Lasting Legacy of Florynce Kennedy, Black Feminist Fighter
by Sherie M. Randolph
 SEVERAL DECADES AFTER the 1960s political upheavals, very few people recognize the name of the Black feminist lawyer and activist Florynce “Flo” Kennedy (1916-2000). However, during the late 1960s and 1970s Kennedy was the country’s most well-known Black feminist. When reporting on the emergence of the women’s movement, the media covered her early membership in the National Organization for Women (NOW), her leadership of countless guerilla theatre protests and her work as a lawyer helping to repeal New York’s restrictive abortion laws. Indeed, Black feminist Jane Galvin-Lewis and white feminists Gloria Steinem and Ti-Grace Atkinson credit Kennedy with helping to educate a generation of young women about feminism in particular and radical political organizing more generally.
Read More at Solidarity
Corollary: Remember Susan Faludi's obituary for Shulamith Firestone "Death of a Revolutionary" for The New Yorker? It doesn't mention Florynce Kennedy at all.

‘AHS:Coven': Gabourey Sidibe’s Queenie as an Embodiment of the “Strong Black Woman” Stereotype
by Cate Young
I love American Horror Story: Coven. But even though I had immediately made the connection to the racialized violence against Black bodies this season, I hadn’t picked up on [Nichole] Perkins’ perspective of Queenie as an SBW. After seeing the episode “The Replacements,” I not only vehemently agree with her, I also want to expand on her observations.
Read More at Bitch Flicks


When men are rejected they demand answers: On the ubiquity of male butthurtedness
by Meghan Murphy
Today, Daniel Jones, the editor of [The New York Times’ Modern Love] column, published an article reflecting on the kinds of submissions he receives — particularly the difference between submissions from women and men. Some of his findings...
Read More at Feminist Current


For Colored Girls Who Are Violently Quoted King When Their Own Words Are Enough
by Mia McKenzie
In my recent piece about Ferguson and so-called “violence” of protestors, I touched on the fact that racists, both liberal and conservative, who don’t value the lives of black people, love to quote Martin Luther King to us, in feeble attempts to silence us when we get too radical for their liking. In that piece, I explained why Martin Luther King’s views on “riots” were complex and why, regardless of what he thought or said, I and many other black people, including many of King’s own contemporaries, simply don’t/didn’t agree with him on many, many things.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, But That’s Not The Point. Stop Being Ableist.
And for the love of Pete can we please stop talking about how autistic people have no light in their eyes or no soul or whatever. First of all, that’s vampires you’re thinking of – they’re the ones without souls. second of all, how can you talk about real, living people like that? Would you tell Temple Grandin to her face that the “light” (whatever that even means) is missing from her eyes? If you went to a book reading by John Robison, would you greet him afterwards with the words “so, what’s it like not having a soul? Do you still have a reflection? Can you eat garlic? Do you sleep in a coffin?”
Read More at The Belle Jar


Gaming as Other: Sex, Consent, and Game Mechanics



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