Julianne Moore by Driu & Tiago for Madame Figaro, May 2014
Indian Woman by Anna Chakravorty
“The way I look isn’t about feeling sexy for me; I like to feel hilarious and quick-witted.”
Zadie Smith was the Commencement speaker at my graduation last week. She’s amazing, and such a great writer.
"Oh, the love dramas. So many love dramas. Mine, other peoples. They take up such a large part of college life it seems unfair to not have them properly reflected in the transcripts. Any full account of my university years should really include the fact that I majored in English literature, with a minor in drunken discussions about the difference between loving someone and being in love with someone.”
The Hidden Half (Tahmineh Milani, 2001)
Overheard in Shoppers Drug Mart while picking up snacks on my way to the manfriend’s:
Little Girl, in barely audible whisper: Mommy, why does that girl have her hair like that?
Little Girl’s Mother, loud enough so that I can hear: Well sweetie, some people are just desperate for attention.
Me to little Girl, but really speaking to her mother: Actually, I really love having a shaved head but I like having braids too so this makes me happy. It’s the best of both worlds! And my mom taught me that people are beautiful even when they don’t look like how others think they should look. There are other women all over who have hair like mine, especially in Africa.
Shame faced Mother: I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend you.
Me: Oh, I’m sure you didn’t.
Then I walked away.
You guys have no idea how good that felt to do. NO IDEA.
Winona Ryder in Night on Earth,1991
The real history of Rosa Parks! Parks was an activist for decades before the bus boycott. She travelled around the south investigating rapes of black women by white women (because obviously the police weren’t going to do that shit) It’s a heartbreaking but inspiring history of resistance, and everyone should read it. Especially feminists - if you call yourself a feminist and talk/write about rape culture, you’re missing a huge piece of analysis if you don’t know this history.
Read this book!
THIS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK TO UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORY OF RACIALIZED SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA! THIS IS FOUNDATIONAL RESEARCH AND INFORMATION THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW.