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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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“We thought we’d be safe”: Islan Nettles, the New Jersey 4 and the illusion of security for LGBTQ people of color

“We thought we’d be safe”: Islan Nettles, the New Jersey 4 and the illusion of security for LGBTQ people of color | Herstory | Scoop.it
A frightening look at what happens when LGBTQ women of color refuse to accept street harassment and other violence

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The Anti-Lynching Pamphlets of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1920

The Anti-Lynching Pamphlets of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1920 | Herstory | Scoop.it

Pamphlets written by Ida B. Wells-Barnett on the subject of lynching comprise a substantial body of innovative writing, reporting, and analysis in U.S. intellectual history. In the 1890s especially, nascent professional social scientists, media opinion shapers, and leaders in the black community acknowledged and relied on her work.1 Indeed, Ida B. Wells-Barnett's foundational insights into the complex social dynamics behind the lynching for rape scenario have stood the test of time in the more than one hundred years since she penned them; yet her status and recognition as a social critic in the ensuing years has been embattled, to say the least.2 At her death in 1931, for example, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) journal, The Crisis, that her work had been "easily forgotten" and "taken to greater success" by others.3 Wells-Barnett herself complained in a diary of the neglect of "my anti-lynching contribution" in early black history textbooks penned by the influential scholar Carter G. Woodson.4 This essay suggests that rather than comprising a "forgotten" body work, Ida B. Wells-Barnett's pamphlet writings were appropriated and transformed by peers and colleagues in social reform. In turn, they marginalized her as author and leader.


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In honor of Ida's birthday. For books by & about Ida B. Wells-Barnett, go here.

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In honor of Ida's birthday. For books by & about Ida B. Wells-Barnett, go here.

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Writing That Imagines What It's Like to Be: A Review of Kola Boof's Selected Works

Writing That Imagines What It's Like to Be: A Review of Kola Boof's Selected Works | Herstory | Scoop.it

Let's just spell it out right at the start: Kola Boof is one of the great migrant writers of our time. Her Selected Writings, If My Father Dies I Give Birth to Him Again (edited by Mark Fogarty), underlines the Egyptian-Sudanese-American writer's literary achievements over a wide range of forms as diverse as poetry, memoir, and fiction, (both long and short form) and over a wide range of physical and emotional territory extending from her native Sudan to America, back to Africa, and then back to America again.

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The White Woman’s Burden

The White Woman’s Burden | Herstory | Scoop.it

Below is a remarkable commercial in which a white woman is told that if she buys Pampers, the company will donate vaccines to children in other countries.

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Part of the racialized sexism wants everyone to think that a 15-year old Mexican is not a girl, she’s a woman.

Part of the racialized sexism wants everyone to think that a 15-year old Mexican is not a girl, she’s a woman. | Herstory | Scoop.it

 We know she’s a girl. We can never emphasize this enough, because this is the fate of colored girls globally right now: the denial of their girlhood, the denial of their childhood, and the constant state of risk and danger they are living in.


bell hooks, Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism (via fajazo)

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Confronting racism face-to-face

Confronting racism face-to-face | Herstory | Scoop.it

Mo Asumang is the daughter of a black Ghanaian father and a white German mother.


As a well-known TV presenter in Germany she became the target of racist extreme right-wingers and neo-Nazis, who based their attacks on Asumang's "non-Aryan" background.


So she decided to look into the racist ideology and to find out more about those who consider themselves "Aryan".


In her new documentary, The Aryans, she confronts racists, both in Germany and among the Ku Klux Klan in America.


Mo Asumang spoke to BBC News about her experiences making the film.


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With openness, smiles and courages, she digs down to find the common humanity.

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Breitbart Stupid And Terrible Again, This Time About Sex, Innocence, Race And Shirley Temple

Breitbart Stupid And Terrible Again, This Time About Sex, Innocence, Race And Shirley Temple | Herstory | Scoop.it
We made the mistake of going over to Breitbart's Big Nonsense Big Hollywood to see what they had to say about Shirley Temple's passing.
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The Strange, True Story of Kathy Bates' 'American Horror Story' Character, Delphine LaLaurie

The Strange, True Story of Kathy Bates' 'American Horror Story' Character, Delphine LaLaurie | Herstory | Scoop.it

So much in American Horror Story depends on the suspension of disbelief that it seems like lunacy to investigate the “true stories” on which it’s based. As in the more familiar forms of folklore, the story itself is less the point than the manner of the telling.

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I had no idea the character had any basis in reality... *shudder*

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I had no idea the character had any basis in reality... *shudder*

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Bad Hair Is No Joke (Or, Hairy Situations In Racism & Misogyny)

Bad Hair Is No Joke (Or, Hairy Situations In Racism & Misogyny) | Herstory | Scoop.it

I don’t know that I actually have to beat all the dead horses in this vintage ad, do I?  [But] while we are on the subject of hair…

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Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:15 AM

One horrible vintage ad (and those who click through to read will find lots of info on hair history).

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Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 21, 2013 7:22 PM

The importanace of hair

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The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach & Other Lessons In Vintage Cookbooks

The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach & Other Lessons In Vintage Cookbooks | Herstory | Scoop.it
This is the cover of The Way To His Heart “A Cookbook with a Personality”, 1941; note the figures on the cover. The five female figures on the cover of...
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One cookbook illustrates so many issues: body image, ageing, racism, marketing & consumerism. Oh, and recipes too ;)

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malek's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:59 PM

KITSCH-SLAPPED describe itself as

"SPECIALIZING IN BAD TASTE FROM A (FEMINIST) CHICK’S PERSPECTIVE. POP CULTURE, PAST & PRESENT, IN YER KISSER."

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The Root: How Racism Tainted Women's Suffrage

The Root: How Racism Tainted Women's Suffrage | Herstory | Scoop.it

"I am in Great Britain today because I believe that the silent indifference with which she has received the charge that human beings are burned alive in Christian Anglo-Saxon communities is born of ignorance of the true situation. America cannot and will not ignore the voice of a nation that is her superior in civilization."


In 1893, journalist and early civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells crossed the Atlantic for the first time to deliver that sobering message to Great Britain. She had hoped to sway public opinion about the racial violence that plagued the U.S. The lynching of black men and women seemed to have become a sport among Southern white mobs — reaching a peak of 161 deaths in 1892.

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Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe

Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe | Herstory | Scoop.it

Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of Ella’s biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good. Here, Ella tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life:

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Beauty Is In The Lies Of The Beholder: What You Didn't Know About The Modeling Industry

Beauty Is In The Lies Of The Beholder: What You Didn't Know About The Modeling Industry | Herstory | Scoop.it
Women are often worried about how they look and that's not superficial. We know that our appearance has nothing to do with how smart, creative, or hardworking we are, but it plays powerfully into what society decides we are worth.
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, May 11, 2013 1:26 AM
Cameron Russell on race and genger -- on the catwalk & beyond.
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True in mainstream & adult.

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The Blame Game: Black Women, Shame, and Victim Blaming

The Blame Game: Black Women, Shame, and Victim Blaming | Herstory | Scoop.it

The many stereotypes of black women are used to justify violence and aggression against them.  Because black women are mythologized as gold-digging, angry, physically strong, provocative shrews some black men assume (and this is something that having a mama, a auntie, a grandmother who raised you, or your own damn daughters doesn’t change) that if/when black women are hit, they asked for (or deserved) it.  At the end of the day many men empathize with other men and instead of vilifying any act of violence, physical or otherwise, against anyone, especially a woman, they attempt to justify it.  They put themselves in the shoes of the aggressor, but not the victim, and see themselves as blameless and reactionary, rather than violent and misogynistic.

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American Revolutionary: Grace Lee Boggs

American Revolutionary: Grace Lee Boggs | Herstory | Scoop.it


Grace Lee Boggs, 99, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.


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Study: Eviction Rates for Black Women on Par With Incarcerations for Black Men

Study: Eviction Rates for Black Women on Par With Incarcerations for Black Men | Herstory | Scoop.it


MacArthur Foundation “How Housing Matters” (pdf) study reveals that while black men face alarmingly high incarceration rates, black women are disproportionately evicted from their homes.


According to the study, in any given year, approximately 16,000 adults and children are evicted in Milwaukee from approximately 6,000 housing units—that equates to 16 households evicted every day.


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The reality of being a black woman: A response to Ernest Baker

The reality of being a black woman: A response to Ernest Baker | Herstory | Scoop.it

“I’m pretty sure if you get in your Delorean and go back to the point where any colonized people first encountered the white man, the thought was not “That’s fucking attractive!” It was more like “What is that yellow haired thing with the demon eyes?!”

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The missing women you don’t hear about: How the media fails Indigenous communities

The missing women you don’t hear about: How the media fails Indigenous communities | Herstory | Scoop.it
When indigenous women disappear, their cases often get little coverage -- and their identities can be erased
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Gender, Race, and Rape During the Civil War

Gender, Race, and Rape During the Civil War | Herstory | Scoop.it
Slavery, the value of chastity, and laws that favored men all made it difficult for women to find justice during the chaos of war.

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11 Extraordinary Vintage "Teen Magazine" Covers

11 Extraordinary Vintage "Teen Magazine" Covers | Herstory | Scoop.it
Never before have we seen such a weird combo of rad, vintage imagery with totally WTF cover lines. Be thankful you had Teen Vogue .
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:15 AM

Note the "Pow-Wow Look:

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Black Women, White Women and '12 Years a Slave'

Black Women, White Women and '12 Years a Slave' | Herstory | Scoop.it
Michaela Angela Davis at Jezebel joins the flock of literary giants parsing 12 Years a Slave by examining the complicated relationship that was created during slavery and still persists between black women and white women.

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MHP's dialogue with bell hooks

MHP's dialogue with bell hooks | Herstory | Scoop.it
Melissa Harris-Perry has a conversation with famed author bell hooks on the evolution of the black feminist movement in America.
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Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans

Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans | Herstory | Scoop.it

In May of this year, I talked to Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women With A Vision in New Orleans about her approach to organizing. WWAV scored a significant grassroots legal and political victory in the last year with the NO Justice campaign, which removed hundreds of cis and trans women from Louisiana’s registered felony sexual offender rolls. Deon is a longtime activist in the city of New Orleans, with a history of organizing low-income women of color around reproductive justice, harm reduction, and human rights.

 

...We are not all in the same boat. And if we keep playing like we are, we’re not really going to make the kind of change we’d like to see. Because the women I work with are never going to be able to jump into the sex workers’ rights movement. They don’t feel like that movement is for them.


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Lakota and Dakota grandmothers captured the Nazi flag hanging in Leith, ND and burned it

Lakota and Dakota grandmothers captured the Nazi flag hanging in Leith, ND and burned it | Herstory | Scoop.it

Lakota and Dakota grandmothers captured the Nazi flag hanging in Leith, ND and burned it. Warriors!

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:55 AM

Sometimes I am proud to live in ND

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This Is A Film Reflecting My Disgust At The Acceptance Of Racism In The Fashion Industry

This Is A Film Reflecting My Disgust  At The Acceptance Of Racism In The Fashion Industry | Herstory | Scoop.it
“ “Untitled” by Nick Knight [x] ”
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