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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