Check out this awesome interview I did with KPFK’s Feminist Magazine - thank you so much for all of your support - more to come soon! - SW
Listen HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kpfk-feminist-magazine/id505520679
And yes - you can submit your WRITTEN #FeministEnough manifesto/thought to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include it in the project!
When Shannon Washington invited women of color to speak their truths about feminism, she set off a controversy that has gone viral. Her blog and video series challenges popular and mainstream views of what feminism is and what a feminist should look like. And she features women delivering their own personal manifestos.
From that point of departure, our in studio guests Felicia Montes and Caroline Heldman are taking off.
Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes is a Xicana Indigenous artist, activist, academic, community & event organizer, educator, femcee, designer, poet, and performer living and working in the Los Angeles area. An established Xicana cultural worker of a new generation, she has worked on various transnational art and organizing efforts from Chiapas to LA. Fe is the co-founder and coordinating member of Mujeres de Maiz, In Lak Ech and Urban Xic.
Dr. Caroline Heldman is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She specializes in the presidency, race, and gender. She’s a commentator for Fox News and Al Jazeera and co-edited “Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?” Caroline is also a Totalitarian liberal. Radical feminist. Author. Metal head. Martial artist. Political scientist. Talking head.
In NYC? You’re invited to a special conversation, “Anatomy of A Feminist Dream” with between Shannon Washington (founder, Feminist Enough) and Ariana Proehl of Know This TV at NYU on Friday April 25th!
It’s free and open to all and as a treat we are FILMING your #FeminstEnough stories for the next set of videos! Come ready to laugh, learn and be heard.
RSVP to the link above or here.
Lily Allen is back on the scene and more irritating than ever. When we last saw her, she was “lampooning Hollywood standards of beauty” by thoughtlessly regurgitating Miley Cyrus’ gross and racist imagery. Now she is decrying how mean women are to each other… by being mean to other women.
Listen. What more can you expect from a woman who tried to call out the industry’s racial and sexual objectifying of women by….objectifying black women?!?! When she says “Feminism. I hate that word because it shouldn’t even be a thing any more. We’re all equal, everyone is equal so why is there even a conversation about feminism?" it serves as a CLEAR example of WHY the Feminist Enough project is here and is important. Because we certainly aren’t equal in 2014. -SW
A new week, new look for the main website and FIVE new videos! Yes - five new videos that feature TEN new voices. Yes, Feminist Enough is back for 2014. Watch, love, share and repeat. Check them all out here: http://bit.ly/1dpcCF7
Because being Superwoman is overrated, and can give you premature wrinkles….
We’re back ladies, let’s go! -SW
I’m Feminist Enough To, Manifestos - Vol. 2, New York
Another special thank you to Lyani Powers, Hillary Crosley, Leilani Montes, Clover Hope and Shantrelle Lewis for their words. Music: “Cleva” originally performed by Erykah Badu, Camera: Berman Fenelus.
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A few months ago, as I was flipping through an issue of Harpers Bazaar UK with King Bey (I call her that) on the cover, I read a snippet where she was asked if she was a feminist. Beyonce replied:
"‘I don’t really feel that it’s necessary to define it. It’s just something that’s kind of natural for me, and I feel like…you know…it’s, like, what I live for.
‘I need to find a catchy new word for feminism, right? Like Bootylicious.’”
What’s so wrong with ‘feminist’ Bey?
For many women of color, especially young women, the word ‘feminist’ provokes an image that is antiquated, overtly-aggressive, anti-male and white. In some cases, feminism can also be seen as divisive as demonstrated in the recent SlutWalk demonstrations (see here) that led to some women justifying the use of the word “nigger” as a term of solidarity. But I thought we were all sisters?
Given this divisiveness and a long history of miscommunication and misunderstanding over feminist thought and practice in our own communities, it is no wonder that the basic, simple tenets of feminism are lost on many young black and brown women.
I’m Feminist Enough To, Manifestos - Vol. 1, New York
It’s the first video! Real women saying real things.
A special thank you to Lyani Powers, Hillary Crosley, Leilani Montes, Venus Okeke, Clover Hope and Shantrelle Lewis for their words. Pounds and tipped brims to Berman Fenelus for the camera love and The Stuyvesants for the track…which is from their new project The Finer Things—which is awesome.
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