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Join us in NYC on 4/25! 'The Anatomy of a Feminist Dream' Live!

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: Men Are Not the Enemy, Women Are the Enemy

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

So, What IS This About?

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.

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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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