By Crystal Brandenburgh This summer marks the 100th anniversary of American women gaining the constitutional right to vote through the 19th Amendment. The upcoming centennial has sparked a flurry of new scholarship, including a reckoning over the often racist tactics of White suffragists, the exclusion of diverse voices from the suffrage movement, and the disfranchisement of Southern Black women, Native American women, and Asian immigrant … Continue reading Carrie Chapman Catt: Suffrage and the Politics of Race
On Thursday, in response to the results of the presidential election, SLC raised this banner proclaiming “Black Lives Matter” on the front of the Performing Arts Center. Students, faculty, and staff gathered outside to bear witness, to listen, and to speak their response to the monumental decision to elect Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. Did you attend this gathering? Do you have a response … Continue reading Black Lives Matter
Book Review by Hank Broege “The American Africa” In the land of sloth and vice Where they never heard of ice Where the donkeys and women work all day Where the land is full of ants And the men don’t wear their pants It is here the soldier sings his evening lay. Underneath the boiling sun Let them have their Benet gun And return us … Continue reading Book Review: Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940 (2001) By Mary Renda
I did not celebrate “Columbus Day” on Monday; did you? Let’s leave it to Howard Zinn to say it straight: To emphasize the heroism of Columbus and his successors as navigators and discoverers, and to de-emphasize their genocide, is not a technical necessity but an ideological choice. It serves- unwittingly-to justify what was done. My point is not that we must, in telling history, accuse, … Continue reading Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: Indigenous People’s Resistance Day
Until the Supreme Court’s 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia, interracial marriage was legally banned in a few states in this country. Although we may look back and say to ourselves how can that be? That was so recent! the changes in legal thinking that made eradicating all miscegenation laws from the books were actually quite remarkable. Rather, it was not so much that the … Continue reading Miscegenation: A Law Review
Its been awhile, friends and readers!! I’ve been bouncing around, adjusting to a summer job and detoxing my brain from school. But I haven’t stopped reading!! Here are some of the pieces that have caught my eye as of late. Happy perusing! <3 Why that Harvard/Tufts Study Isn’t Breaking News Racialicious: “Another week, another head-scratching study result. Or so you’d think, right? The study, conducted by researchers at … Continue reading Linkety Links: Rape in Prisons, White Privilege and Feminists, Hotels, Pervs, and More!!
These images are data from a report by the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, posted at Sociological Images. Continue reading Images of Inequality
by Amanda Seybold
David Simon’s The Wire, which aired for five seasons on HBO from 2002 to 2008, is possibly one of the most probative and insightful shows that has ever graced the small screen. While some would describe it as a show about police in Baltimore who investigate and apprehend drug dealers, the show actually presents thoughtful and in depth examinations of many aspects of urban life, which would otherwise be ignored by middle-class America. Despite being outside the regular scope of the show, The Wire, perhaps intentionally, perhaps unintentionally, uses the juxtaposition of two female detectives, Detective Kima Greggs and Detective Beadie Russell, to illustrate a discourse on gender norms, racial implications, sexuality and motherhood.
At the end of her text No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women, Estelle Freedman takes a moment to reflect on the changes that have occurred in both the public and private sectors with regards to women’s issues. She notes “[w]omen and men are demanding new social policies that allow them to choose both caring and breadwinning rather than choose between them.” It is apparent from The Wire’s depiction of both Russell and Greggs, however, that the show is a bit behind the developments that Freedman lauds in her text. Ultimately the show’s story arc stays with Greggs while Russell is relegated to a secondary position after just one season. Greggs’ character seems to illustrate Simon’s argument that in order for a woman to succeed in the high energy and exciting world of crime fighting in Baltimore, she must essentially align herself more closely with traits we have come to regard as part of the male gender, rather than with the female. Continue reading “David Simon’s The Wire: A Study of Women”
Jasmine Burnett at the Planned Parenthood rally in New York! Continue reading SisterSong & Trust Black Women Stand Up for Women’s Health