- What? - A roundtable discussion hosted by the NOW-NYC Activist Alliance, engaging in conversation with one another conducive to defining Solidarity for Women of Color by the end of the evening.
- When? - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 6:30pm until 9:00pm
- Where? - 150 West 28th Street, Suite 304, New York, New York 10001
The #solidarityisforwhitewomen caused an uproar recently in social media and the blogosphere, with Women of Color questioning what their position is within the feminist movement.
This conversation will explore how feminist Women of Color navigate their experiences within a society where solidarity has been commonly defined by White women. We will discuss recent developments within the feminist movement as it pertains to Women of Color and how race, politics/policy, pop culture/media and economic developments affect their lives.
Panelists will participate in a roundtable discussion, engaging in conversation with one another conducive to defining Solidarity for Women of Color by the end of the evening.
The following have been confirmed as panelists:
- Lori Adelman, Executive Director for Feministing.
- Olivia Canlas, NYC Chapter Coordinator for AF3IRM
- Tiloma Jayasinghe, Executive Director for Sakhi for South Asian Women
- Nicole Moore, Founder of The Hotness
- Patricia Valoy, Feminist Blogger for “Womanisms” and Radio Talk Show Host on "Let Your Voice Be Heard"
We encourage everyone irrespective of identities to attend and bring an open mind to this challenging and engaging conversation. To get the conversation going on what you think Solidarity is for Women of Color, use hashtag #NOWwomenofcolor.
Note: Due to an overwhelming response for this event, location venue may be subject to change. We will update the event should a change in venue is made. The event will begin promptly at 6:30PM.
Love Your Body: What’s It All About?
Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry (and the media in general) tell women and girls that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic and frequently hazardous to their health. The Love Your Body campaign challenges the message that a woman’s value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.
NARS Cosmetics is using the above image on a gift box called “Splendor in the Grass Blush Palette,” which will be sold in department stores this November. The name is likely a reference to the 1961 Elia Kazan film (or the Wordsworth poem from which that film got its title), but regardless, this image of a naked, apparently bruised woman face-down in the grass is now being associated with cosmetics and beauty products. As a result, NARS is glamorizing violence against women (Tellingly, another set in the same collection is titled “Crime of Passion”). Using apparently battered or dead women is actually a disturbingly common theme in fashion photography. And we’re absolutely #NotBuyingIt.
#notcool, NARS Cosmetics!
DC Comics has been having a bad week. Yesterday, two members of the Batwoman editorial team quit after their publishers refused to allow Batwoman (who is a lesbian character) to marry her partner. And now the comic company has provoked even more outrage by hosting a contest in which they readers to draw Harley Quinn, a popular villain, preparing to commit suicide. Naked.
The trope of sensationalized female character deaths has long haunted the medium, as has a terrible tendency to oversexualize and objectify women characters; it’s almost surprising that it’s taken DC this long to combine the two into a vile heap of casual sexism — because female suicide is so fascinating and compelling and cool, right, guys?
Just because something isn’t flawless doesn’t mean it’s not still beautiful. Take good care of your skin and accept your little imperfections. <3
Street harassment is across-the-board not cool. Here’s a role reversal
In Plymouth, Massachusetts - sometimes called “America’s hometown” - one can find an array of vulgar and sexist souvenirs, from a “peter meter” (which a fellow might use to measure his manhood) to a child’s shirt that reads “Grandma bought me this with Grandpa’s money!” The worst offense, though, is a onesie for a baby that boasts, “All Mommy Wanted Was A Backrub!” Spousal rape is real rape, and it is not a joke. That someone would want their infant’s apparel to declare that “mommy” procreated against her will is just Not Cool.