Sex and the City and Issues of Contemporary Feminism

| June 6, 2008 - 12:06 am

Tags: income, Sex and the City, sexism, women

I went to watch the "Sex and the City" movie and I realized that one of the main issues it dealt with was income.  It is interesting to see the wage gap between two attorneys, Charlotte's husband and Miranda.  Charlotte's husband, Harry, makes enough money so Charlotte doesn't have to to work but Miranda, also an attorney, works and her husband also has to work to support the family in Brooklyn, while Charlotte lives in Manhattan.  The income gap between men and women is 77 cents to every dollar, according to the National Organization for Women's data.  Twenty three cents less for every dollar is not justice.

Creating Alternative Communities that Empower: The Exclusion of Black Women in Two Mainstream Feminist Movements

This piece is dedicated to the women of color who found themselves left out of the mainstream feminist movements of the 20th centry. These women bold and bravely moved on, organizing themselves in response and despite the blatant and unjust racism and sexism that was thrown their way.

Oh Fred Thompson, You're Such A Card!

| December 18, 2007 - 3:16 pm

Tags: Fred Thompson, materialism, sexism

Surely I can't be the only one who finds this fairly disturbing.

As I've blogged about here previously, we have a popular culture that emphasizes and excuses material greed over personal connections to a degree that is truly concerning, and a President whose urge to citizens after 9-11 was to "go shopping" doesn't help obviate that shift.  The idea that one's proudest possession is a "trophy wife" doesn't much improve matters. (Are we to believe that Ms. Thompson reads this description and blushes proudly? And, if so, eewww.)

We have a Republican field that is startlingly white and startlingly male. Their lack of interest in attending the various NAACP forums demonstrated that they were not much interested in facing up to the implications of the former. Senator Thompson, it seems, is not much interested in facing up to the implications of the latter.

Take action to support Megan Williams

| September 25, 2007 - 1:48 pm

Tags: organizing, racial, racial slur, racism, sexism, violence, violence against women

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Earlier this month, Megan Williams, a 20-year-old black woman, was sexually abused, stabbed and tortured by six white people while repeatedly being called a racial slur.

Not In Our Town is working to facilitate an organized community response.

Here's what you can do to help.

Should Imus get another chance?

| August 15, 2007 - 8:43 am

Tags: Imus, media, racism, Rutgers, sexism, talk radio, women and media

During the Don Imus debacle when the talk radio shock jock referred to the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy headed ho's" among other racist and sexist appellations, I wrote the following:

"This is a Moment with a capital "M".

The opportunity for fundamental social change doesn't come often, so let's take full advantage of it.

Shock jock Don Imus's racist and sexist remarks didn't go beyond his typical bottom feeder discourse, but in this age of YouTube and internet rapid response capability, his sleazy pot shots against a target so clearly undeserving of epithets

A Response To All Hip Hop Apologists

| April 24, 2007 - 10:37 am

Tags: censorship, Don Imus, hip hop, racism, sexism

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So notice how in my previous blog, A Response To All Don Imus Apologists, I mentioned the 3 usual defenses for racially insensitive (read racist) statements.

Well, Don Imus took the #2 (Well if THEY can say it...) approach and it has avalanched into a crusade known as hip-hop-crisy as addressed in The Shame Blame Game.

But this critique of hip hop has been around since hip hop itself, usually from the voices within the community. So in the wake of the Don Imus fiasco, what's the deal with all of the Hip Hop Apologists?

I-Man pulled from MSNBC

| April 11, 2007 - 10:11 pm

Tags: Don Imus, free speech, misogyny, racism, sexism, talk radio

And yet there are still a few apologists out there, who despite their nuanced language, have yet to address the systems of racism and sexism that allow for such language to exist.

Who set it me of this time?