Home   •   About   •   Content Use Policy   •   Comment Policy   •   Donate   •   Ask   •   Archive
August 2013
10

Janelle Monáe drops a few minutes of womanist wisdom in her video 'My Message Is To Rebel Against Sexism' via NME. I like that she said this:

When I’m ready to do those things [in reference to “feminine” attire/presence] I’ll do them. It won’t be because ‘oh it is law that women have to look this way’ or ‘you’re an R&B singer, you’re a Black girl singing, you need to dress this way and sing about these things.’

And rebelling against sexism doesn’t mean that sexism evaporates. It means how we embody the oppressor within is challenged. It means a starting place and continued place for the fight for change. It means deconstruction and resistance. It’s what Black women have always done. And I like that she mentioned this without throwing any Black women who are different from her under the bus. The politics of respectability is not womanism/Black feminism. People often juxtapose her to Black women they think are “less respectable” and I am NOT here for that. We all have space for our identities.

  1. preciousdaydreams reblogged this from marfmellow
  2. rulesofthemodernlady reblogged this from gradientlair
  3. fisforfeminism reblogged this from gradientlair
  4. carolemelanie reblogged this from gradientlair
  5. abisvoboda reblogged this from gradientlair
  6. sociallyuncomfortable reblogged this from gradientlair
  7. yxmxr reblogged this from didyoueatallthisacid
  8. ambersboombox reblogged this from marfmellow
  9. tell-em-how-you-feel-girls reblogged this from beutifulmagazine
  10. verdanthandshake reblogged this from gradientlair
  11. lilithistheshit reblogged this from thegreatflyingmachine
  12. kenyancurves reblogged this from thegirlwiththeafrocrown
  13. belanna-torres reblogged this from thegreatflyingmachine
  14. thegreatflyingmachine reblogged this from dandelionchild
  15. dandelionchild reblogged this from marfmellow
  16. shuturcakehole reblogged this from carrotainment
  17. rolandofeld reblogged this from blerdgirlchronicles and added:
    Khaleesi
  18. parisbound2016 reblogged this from gradientlair
  19. payslipgig reblogged this from marfmellow
  20. angbeen reblogged this from marfmellow
  21. the-wistful-collectivist reblogged this from gradientlair
  22. corysmile reblogged this from marfmellow
  23. thatgeekichick reblogged this from beutifulmagazine
  24. liltha-na-galadhrim reblogged this from gradientlair
  25. electrophilady reblogged this from gradientlair