I don’t know about you, but I like to start my week off with some knowledge and feel-good food-for-thought. That being said, I’ve decided to dedicate Mondays to sharing and highlighting spoken word pieces that I find provocative and inspiring.
Here’s a piece someone shared with me just this past Friday.
I couldn’t help but think back on my old college days when I realized I had never considered myself to be a feminist, nor had I been taught to do so by other women in my family. My own mother raised me with the understanding, “Before you ever open your mouth, people will see that you are black, they will notice you are a women second after that. You’ve already got two strikes against you before you’ve even said a word.”
Little did I know, but there’s some interesting history between black Civil Rights activists, Gay Rights activists, and the Feminist movement. Turns out, I was not the first, nor only African-American female to feel alienated or without place within the Feminist movement. I’ve since reconciled my feelings through research, analysis, and understanding; but I know for a fact that there other black women out there who still share or did share my questions and feelings at first. Check out this piece I wrote two years ago to the day entitled, “the state of the black feminist union.”
Over the next three weeks, parents, family members and friends will shop tirelessly in an effort to secure the perfect, most-desired gifts for their loved ones. However, for some parents, trips to the toy store can be a source of frustration and stress, as the toys marketed to their child’s presumed gender, may not be teaching the desired lesson. It’s no secret that toys marketed for young girls focus more on cooking and fashion, and less on analytical skills and problem solving.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if your little girl had a toy just for her that taught her problem solving and analytical reasoning skills? A toy that showed her a cool female engineer or construction worker or scientist? [READ MORE]
The following excerpt was taken from the Vagina Monologues script written by Eve Ensler and found on-line in full text at script-o-rama.com. I am not the author, nor could I ever pretend to be as awesome as Eve.
I’VE RECLAIMED IT.
I REALLY LIKE IT.
JUST LISTEN TO IT, LISTEN TO IT.
CACKLE, CLIT, CUTE, COME-CLOSED C,
CLOSED INSIDE, INSIDE CA…
THEN U …
THEN CU …
THEN CURVY, INVITING SHARKSKIN, U…
OOH, OOH, U … [READ MORE]