From enslaved women taking control of their sexual heath, the trap of “celebrating” women, Serena Williams (again), and the ongoing violence against transgender women to the prevailing diversity of the South, Charleston’s Geechee culture, a curriculum for teaching Black Lives Matter, ending rape culture on campuses, and protecting domestic abuse survivors from eviction, this is a week’s worth of women in the news.
In their ongoing series about American slavery, Slate features an innovative perspective on the lives of enslaved women. This except deals with power, sexual health, and childbirth on plantations in the antebellum South.
by Marie Jenkins Schwartz, Slate
This short, well-meaning, and even thought-provoking piece on gender dynamics and the “segregation” of women in the media and other industries unfortunately made me think of the #AllLivesMatter debacle. She brings up some great points, but doesn’t necessarily address the fact that women may still need their own space to hash out persisting inequality while trying to gain ground elsewhere. I will agree, though, we don’t need to be pandered to. Anyway, you decide.
by Gina Glantz, Washington Post
Another piece this week on Serena Williams. This one, from Claudia Rankine, delves much deeper into the racial politics of being a black woman champion.
by Claudia Rankine, The New York Times
More attention is finally being paid to the alarming number of transgender deaths, particularly women of color. Yet, we need to shine a big, bright light on how these murders are reported and investigated and demand that these women are being accurately identified.
by Zach Stafford, The Guardian
As part of their Folklore Series, The Bitter Southerner highlights the diversity of the South with this thoughtful and touching piece on an Indian-American and proud Southern woman who explores her identity through travel, history, politics, and culture. She writes about two Souths, one in Tennessee and the other in Andalusia, Spain.
by Meenakshi Krishnan, The Bitter Southerner
Black womanhood, civil rights, and the foodways of Geechee culture are celebrated in this piece on four sisters from Charleston.
by K. J. Kearney, Charleston City Paper
Teaching #BlackLivesMatter. These women created an important curriculum for our times.
by Francie Diep, Pacific Standard
As we start another fall semester, it’s important to fundamentally change the conversation about campus rape. “Leave no one behind” isn’t enough. Women are feeling embattled rather than empowered.
by Kate Harding, Cosmopolitan
Finally, this piece from the A.C.L.U. reveals how domestic abuse survivors face eviction due to terrible, terrible laws. You should be angry.
by Sandra Park, refinery29