#IAmNotMyProfilePicture

“The way the world looks at me is definitely not aligned with my intention of myself and therefore, its power is not reaffirmed for I feel no feelings of subjugation to it.” This is a fantastic read on the background to the #iamnotmyprofilepicture movement happening. It is also an insight as to how critical thinking…

A long (and hopefully coherent) comment on Honest’s post on Lupita Nyong’o

I am speaking from a place of skin privilege, and while I worry about the worship of Lupita by media and think that there is room for more dark skinned women on Hollywood’s beauty charts, I still feel this is hardly making a dent in the life of an average dark skinned woman on the continent.

Was Lupita Nyongo’s “beauty” a personal struggle or social award?

Lupita Nyong’O said, “you cant eat beauty,” but today, beauty sure does affect how much you eat. The problem is that this beauty is not a personal struggle: Though we might struggle till we become beautiful, that resolution comes from the endorsement of those with the power to do so. What can we observe about Lupita Nyong’O’s hollywood journey to think deeply about how we label beauty before it is fed to us on magazine covers?

OBR and Global Movements: Did you rise for justice?

But, the woman’s body has been a site for a lot of trauma. Our experiences vary because every movement is coded from birth by culture so we cannot possibly combat violence by flashmobbing our way through Valentine’s day, or whatever else we would like to call it. I would like to take my body back- I don’t have to say “vagina” for that, hopefully. Dancing would be nice, but maybe some exercises first so I can protect myself.

The Miley Cyrus “Lookbook”

What does it say about a culture that provides its people with women’s bodies that are not only so readily accessible, but are also so easily broken apart and removed from the whole person?

Miley The Movement

In class we discussed the self awareness and intentionality of Miley Cyrus’ recent transformation and behavior. Here is the documentary where she talks about why this is her time and what exactly she is doing. The documentary is pretty short so give it a watch. Do you feel the documentary and her explanation brought anymore…

What Should Diversity Feel Like?

Judith Ohikuare shares a piece, When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools, discussing the struggle minority children face among their privileged white peers. This seemed especially relevant to Amherst’s struggle for “real” diversity today. We have the numbers, but our college’s culture is still strikingly divided. Michèle Stephenson, the mother of a minority student in…

Joss Whedon Rebranding Feminism

Joss Whedon’s proposal to rebrand feminism, at the November 14th Equality Now dinner coincides with an earlier class discussion about America’s cultural desire to redefine feminism. Whedon is a widely acclaimed director praised for his portrayal of strong female protagonists, however, Whedon’s feminist reputation is frequently doubted and has been continually critiqued. The previous post…

Ride or Die

So I’m sure you all have heard of the term “ride or die”. A Ride or Die chick is a girl who would do anything for her friends, family and man. According to Urban Dictionary, a ride or die chick is “A chick that aint afraid to be down with her man she’ll do anything her…

The Wolf of Wall Street and Christmas Cheer

In the aftershock of our nation’s annual heteronormative consumerist orgy, also known as the Christmas Season, let us reflect, and recall these sage words from our dear Louis Althusser: The tenacious obviousness of the point of view of production alone, or even of that of mere productive practice are so integrated into our everyday ‘consciousness’…