As you can see I had a favorite scarf that I wore almost every day of my life, I celebrated my first year as a new member of loc nation, went to DC for the first time to see my amazing little sister off for her first year at Howard, researched at Emory with a clutch research fellowship (Mellon), made memories with new friends and those that have been there forever, enjoyed an amazing summer and an eventful semester with the love of my life, tried new classes and new food, gave myself permission to cry and laugh when I felt like it, experienced the death of my beloved grandmother, gained a new sprit goddess angel, got my first paying job with the women’s center, was inducted into the Nat’l Women’s Studies Honor Society, met Sonia Sanchez and fell deeper in love with peace, saw Lianne La Havas & Jessie Ware in concert, got accepted to study abroad in Morocco Spring 2014, learned how complex and intriguing I am. Still on the journey, ya’ll.
Thought I would partake in Selfies 2013
listening to love songs writing love poems.
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Black Women Intellectuals (pdf) (from Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life with Cornel West)
“Men celebrated our sexual liberation — our willingness to freely give and enjoy blow jobs and group sex, our willingness to experiment with anal penetration — but ultimately many males revolted when we stated that our bodies were territories that they could not occupy at will. Men who were ready for female sexual liberation if it meant free pussy, no strings attached, were rarely ready for feminist female sexual agency. This agency gave us the right to say yes to sex, but it also empowered us to say no.”
bell hooks in Communion: The Female Search for Love
I still think this quote is so important because liberal feminism often emphasizes the fact that women can have sex without equally emphasizing on the fact that women do NOT have to have sex. That in fact sex has nothing to do with who you are as a woman and as a human being.
But this message that sex is the means to liberation supports patriarchy in a similar way to how forbidding women to be sexual does. And it’s disappointing how mainstream liberal feminism participates in this mis-truth at the expense of girls and women.
(Source: daniellemertina, via mangoestho)