Working While Black: 10 Racial Microaggressions Experienced in the Workplace

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By Dr. Robin Boylorn for The Crunk Feminist Collective, cross-posted with permission I have worked, on and off, since I was fifteen years old. My summer office job financed the name brand school clothes my mother couldn’t afford and grounded me in the work ethic I learned from watching the women in my family go to work from sun … [Read more...]

The Accidental Racism of Matthew McConaughey’s Redskins Nostalgia

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By Olivia A. Cole for The Daily Dot, with permission Too many conversations destined for doom begin with sentences like this: "We were all fine with it back in the good old days!" Matthew McConaughey has found himself bathed in unwelcome limelight after expressing something similar: his desire for the Redskins' mascot (which has … [Read more...]

Violence against Indigenous Women: Fun, Sexy, and No Big Deal on the Big Screen

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By Elissa Washuta This piece originally published on Tumblr and cross-posted with permission The body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, a member of Sagkeeng First Nation, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg on August 17. Her murder has brought about an important conversation about the widespread violence against First … [Read more...]

For Michael Brown and Ferguson: Facing White Fears of Blackness and Taking Action to End White Supremacy

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By Criss Crass at Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission The police murder of Michael Brown and the courageous resistance of his family and the Black community in Ferguson, Missouri, have once again brought the attention of the country to the devastating reality of racist violence, structural inequality, and the need … [Read more...]

America Still Doesn’t Get It: White, Blue-Eyed, and Thin IS the Universal Standard of Beauty

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By Alana de Hinojosa Earlier this month, journalist Ester Honig had what seemed to be a pretty good idea. Having stumbled upon Fivver, a freelancing platform that connects freelancers around the world for a variety of tasks, Honig decided she'd send a makeup-free picture of herself to 40 individuals in 25 countries with one … [Read more...]

The Real Reason Asians Get Eyelid Surgery

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by Min Lee Here’s a trivia question for you: Which country has the highest rate of plastic surgery? Think it’s the US? Nope. Russia? Guess again. Give up? It’s South Korea. Among women ages 19-49, the most popular procedure is eyelid surgery where excess skin is reduced on the upper lid to create a more prominent double … [Read more...]

Flying While Brown

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By Sayantani DasGupta at The Weeklings My nine-year-old daughter has developed a fear of the TSA. She doesn’t say it in so many words but I know. “I’m glad we’re going on our trip, Mama.” She pauses, chewing her lip. “But I wish… I wish we didn’t have to go through security.” “Me too,” I agree, remembering a time when she … [Read more...]

Lupita Nyong’o and the Evolving Paradox of Black Femininity

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By Hannah Giorgis This piece was originally published at Youngist.org and can be read in its original context here. It’s no secret that I am a Lupita Nyong’o fan girl. She is gorgeous, graceful, and certifiably ***flawless. The actress gained worldwide attention for her heart-wrenching portrayal of the enslaved Patsey in … [Read more...]

Dear Racist Yogini: It’s South Asia Calling and We Want Our Yoga Back

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By Sayantani DasGupta Dear Racist, Size-Shaming Yogini at XO Jane, It’s South Asia calling. And we want our yoga back. Okay, truth, I’m just one Indian American woman, not actually all of South Asia (where, n.b. we brown folks like to capitalize the ‘S,’ just sayin’), but on behalf of all my mystical, exotic peoples, I … [Read more...]

Black Women’s Asses, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Politics of Ambition

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By Aya de Leon As an ambitious woman of color, I avidly read commentary this season on Julie Chen’s remorseless decision to have eyelid surgery. With East Asian women, the body part targeted for racism is often the eyes. With black women, the first line of attack is on the hair. But our hair is a moving target.  Always growing, … [Read more...]