Applauding the Bootylicious Feminism of Beyonce and Josephine Baker by Vanessa Willoughby:
Both Beyonce and Josephine Baker’s career are inevitably tied to race and therein lies the Catch-22 of their sexuality. Why is a woman’s appreciation for her body and her astronomical levels of self-confidence painted as indecency and immortality? We want to simultaneously frown upon and marvel at the exhibitionism of pop stars. Not only does Beyonce’s support of feminism lead to a backlash policing her choices as a woman, but as a black woman.
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On March 7, 1942, fire engulfed the simple home of 89-year-old Lucy Gonzales Parsons on Chicago’s North Troy Street, ending a life dedicated to liberating working women and men of the world from capitalism and racial oppression. On the anniversary of Parsons’ death, take a minute to reflect on the life she led.
Lucy Parsons was a dynamic, militant, self-educated public speaker and writer—she became one of the first prominent women of color to crusade nationwide for socialist and anarchist causes. She started life in Texas, born into slavery in 1853. She was of Mexican American, African American, and Native American descent and after emancipation, the life she chose led to conflict with the Ku Klux Klan and many nights in jail.
Read more about the amazing life of Lucy Parsons on Bitchmedia.org.
From Sydette Harry’s advice column this week:
Do me a small favor. Before we do anything else in this column: breathe. Listen. Then do it again.
The ability to stop, take in what’s around you, and then pause is one of the skills that is most important about being an organizer—and is often one we leave out when talking about being a feminist. A lot of feminist literature advocates making your voice heard, standing clear in your opinions, and not backing down. I love that. I wouldn’t be a blogger, columnist, general pendant if I didn’t. But the sound of my voice talking doesn’t change much. If you want to invest in bringing folks together, you have to a lot of listening.
Read the whole feminist advice column at BitchMedia.org.
We had fun imagining how the GOP must be coaching its candidates on how to run against women. From the non-existent First Annual Women’s Rhetoric Retreat schedule:
LET’S DEBRIEF! A Q&A WITH TODD AKIN
In this workshop, attendees will be asked to silently read former Missouri Representative Todd Akin’s infamous testimony: “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that [pregnancies from rape are] really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” After the sustained silent reading exercise, Akin will lead a Q&A on how Republicans can create genuine accountability for their mistakes.
Q&A time will be limited to one minute.
Read the whole (fake) conference schedule at BitchMedia.org.
The cover of our brand new issue, Maps and Legends, features a glorious map of a feminist utopia. One key detail: No Mansplaining Land.
Illustration by Jen Renninger