"African people did not hear of culture for the first time from Europeans…their societies were not mindless but frequently had a philosophy of great depth and value and beauty… they had poetry and, above all, they had dignity."
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon…
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.” But here is what I think you should know. You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago. You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement. You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993). You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime. In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice. In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks."
Libby Anne (via 366quotes)
Just wow. I couldn’t have said it any better myself in a thousand years. However, i do not agree that you have to be a feminist in order to appreciate all these sacrifices. I chose to be a womanist because I felt it best suited my mental and spiritual growth. However somebody else may feel like the theories of feminism do not suit their lifestyles. That’s their choice. This does not immediately mean that they do not value or even realize how beneficial their lives are now because of the feminist struggle.
Now I have had mixed feelings for the “I am not a feminist” campaign for a variety of reasons. But I do agree that most of the posts I have seen from that campaign were made out of ignorance of feminism, and were based off the stereotypes that people have heard about the movement.
"Put down the bleach. Your skin is not dirt that needs to be cleaned out like yesterday’s shirt. You are comprised of sienna, chestnut, and warm mahogany. Dark as the night sky, constellations are tucked neatly underneath your bones. Your skin reminiscent of the hot chocolate that warms winter nights. Like rings around a tree stump, you too have history etched into your melanin. Don’t let the glaring whiteness, blind you from the beauty that you are. "
black girl, whenever you feel ugly
remember that they want your style
they want your lips, your hips, your hair
your ass, your clothes, your music
your swag, your aesthetic, the way you speak
you’re a walking treasure, literally
they may say they dont want you
but they want everything you have
all of it