From rock stars and rape, racist videos, VMA rivalries, and our new comedy hero to saying goodbye to your college-bound kid, a new novel from Amy Stewart, the Black Panthers, a Ghanaian’s response to Christianity in Africa, and Kim Davis going to jail for defying SCOTUS, here’s a week’s worth of women in the news.
Chrissie Hynde thinks it’s her fault she was raped. Now, while many women actually feel a great deal of guilt and shame about assault, abuse, and rape (part of survivorhood is working through that pain), not so many go on to complain about all of the women who attract rape by the way they act and dress. In the wake of Jackie Fox’s rape allegations (and all of the women who have been raped and assaulted ever), this seems tone-deaf, for sure, but also just cruel and bizarre. It’s been a sad couple of weeks for our rock star “feminist” heroes.
by Soraya Nadia McDonald, The Washington Post
Families all over are sending their kids to college for the first time. While it’s clearly a privilege to do so, and one many families only dream of, this piece tugged at my heart strings. I’ll just leave it here.
by Land DeGregory, Tampa Bay Times
The Drunken Botanist is back with Girl Waits With Gun. Here’s a great review of Amy Stewart’s latest work, a novel set in 1914 on a farmstead. Apparently, there’s lots of history, action, and sisterhood. Really looking forward to this one.
by Genevieve Valentine, NPR
Bust Magazine sits down with (read: worships) the unstoppable force that is Jenny Slate. This is basically all the awesome things about this woman whose candor is both refreshing and compelling.
by Sabrina Ford, Bust Magazine
Is Taylor Swift’s new video for “Wildest Dreams” a deliberately racist ode to the oppressive white colonialism of early 20th century Africa? Very doubtful, though it does kind of look like it. The video seems to ask, “Wasn’t life more beautiful when movie stars wearing white and beige were the best thing going in Africa?” And the excuse that people of color created it isn’t much of an excuse. Is this something we should talk about? Yes.
by Kelly Lawler, USA Today via The Tennessean
Here, Ghanaian rapper Azizaa attacks the legacy of colonialism with her funny yet bitter critique of Christianity. This frank interview about life, religion, and spirituality in Ghana offers the kind of perspective so often missing in mainstream American media. And the video is awesome.
by Benjamin Lebrave, The Fader
Here’s an important counterpoint to all of the hype surrounding the new documentary, Black Panther: Vanguard of the Revolution. Former party leader, Elaine Brown takes director Stanley Nelson to task for making a movie that will put white people at ease by distorting the history of the Black Panthers. I’ll still watch the film, but this a searing criticism that shouldn’t be dismissed.
by Elaine Brown, The Daily Beast
Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, the VMAs, cultural appropriation, white feminism, and “What’s good?” Here it is.
by Chaedria LaBouvier, Elle
Finally, Kim Davis dominated the headlines this week, but here’s one of the best responses I read.
by Michael Lambert, The Huffington Post