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Today Is the Day

I just sent the Master’s Thesis which I have been working on since last September, to the printers.

I had to really fight to finish this thesis. Between my professors pushing me as far as I could go (sometimes past where I could really bear to be), from sleepless nights thinking about how to craft a single phrase, to photo selections from my own archives.

I don’t know how to feel at this point. But I know that what I do feel is the pride of knowing that I wrote it. 92 pages. All mine. It’s like giving birth, only to words rather than a child. I finished it with a lot of help. And the dedication page reads like so:

For MTR, Paula, Jon, and the Living Legends.

My mentor, my mother, my future husband, and the women who founded the art form about which I write.

I’m sick of this particular text, it’s true, but I’m not sick of writing. I’m not sick of teaching. I’m not sick of my topic either. This topic is something which I will write about for the rest of my life

It’s ready from the printer. Guess I should go get that?

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revolution of thought: Behold, Beauty

As a woman who lives with scars, it felt like such a gift to see someone  I deeply respect articulate this issue from her perspective. Beauty is what you make of it. Living is beautiful. Live every moment and you will be.

msnydiaswaby:

On Monday night, I got into a freak bike accident that’s left me with three stitches under my eye, four in my mouth, a black eye, a chipped tooth, and bruises and scrapes galore. I’ll likely wear the scars from this accident for the rest of my life – there’s a significant amount of road rash…

Filed under beauty biking accident Zadie Smith Toni Morrison self love standards of beauty physical attractiveness

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feministblackboard:

Did you know that Hattie McDaniel was the first African American woman to ever be nominated for an Academy award?She was not even allowed to attend her own movie’s premiere. The movie, in case you are unfamiliar, was 1939’s Gone with the Wind. Her career began with radio in which she played a maid who went by “Hi-Hat Hattie.” The radio serial was called “The Optimistic Do-nut Hour.” She was paid so little for her role (especially in proportion to her white counterparts) that she had to work as a real maid off to the side in order to make enough money to live. She also got criticism from different groups such as the NAACP, who felt she, like other black actors at the time, were only perpetuating stereotypes of African Americans. She decidedly kept working as she did saying, “I’d rather play a maid for $700 a week than be one for $7.”

feministblackboard:

Did you know that Hattie McDaniel was the first African American woman to ever be nominated for an Academy award?

She was not even allowed to attend her own movie’s premiere. The movie, in case you are unfamiliar, was 1939’s Gone with the Wind.

Her career began with radio in which she played a maid who went by “Hi-Hat Hattie.” The radio serial was called “The Optimistic Do-nut Hour.” She was paid so little for her role (especially in proportion to her white counterparts) that she had to work as a real maid off to the side in order to make enough money to live.

She also got criticism from different groups such as the NAACP, who felt she, like other black actors at the time, were only perpetuating stereotypes of African Americans. She decidedly kept working as she did saying, “I’d rather play a maid for $700 a week than be one for $7.”

(Source: feminist-blackboard, via msnydiaswaby)

Filed under gone with the wind hattie mcdaniel racism history sexism sexist women film black african american feminist feminism

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Not being assaulted is not a privilege to be earned through the judicious application of personal safety strategies. A woman should be able to walk down the street at 4 in the morning in nothing but her socks, blind drunk, without being assaulted, and I, for one, am not going to do anything to imply that she is in any way responsible for her own assault if she fails to Adequately Protect Herself. Men aren’t helpless dick-driven maniacs who can’t help raping a vulnerable woman. It disrespects EVERYONE.
Emily Nagoski. no idea who she is, but i thank her. there is no excuse for rape and anyone who excuses it is insulting both the victim and the rapist. (via rapeisnotajoke)

Filed under rape excuses rape culture victim blaming sexual assault