Am I a Feminist or a Womanist?

    I’m trying to think of the first I time I was like, “man, I totally want to be a feminist.”     I can’t remember. Sorry, bro. I remember sophomore year high school when I was like, “I’m totally not a feminist, I’m a womanist because I’m for equality for both men and … Continue reading

When You Decide to Love Me, Love Me Like You Love Your Coffee

Love me strong and love me weak. Love me bitter and love me sweet. Love my cliche litanies that are drawn in the foam of your lattes like delicate leaves or smooth artsy hearts. Love me for my serenity. Understand that nothing of me is original and that everything is created. Drink me in the … Continue reading

Nerd.Vomit: Feminism & Firefly

(This post is a part of my Nerd.Vomit series, which will analyze popular television shows from a feminist perspective and analyze the portrayal of female characters in terms of character development and plot device.) **SPOILER ALERT**((seriously, don’t read this and then leave angry comments like you didn’t know. I put asterisks so my warning’s legit.)) Firefly, 2002 Writer & … Continue reading

Nerd.Vomit: Feminism & Game of Thrones

This post is a part of my Nerd.Vomit series, which will analyze popular television shows from a feminist perspective and analyze the portrayal of female characters in terms of character development and plot device.  **SPOILER ALERT**((seriously, don’t read this and then leave angry comments like you didn’t know. I put asterisks so my warning’s legit.)) Game of Thrones Guys, … Continue reading

My Feminist Life in GIFS

9th year when my mom said I should probably start shaving my legs Freshmen year of college at a crazy Halloween party when I was talking about the under-reported rapes on campus, and how the school newspaper should do more coverage of it. The guy I was talking to said that only women would read it, so nothing would change. Also that … Continue reading

Seriously, Bro? The Mysterious Penis Drawn on My Window at 4AM

So, for those who don’t know me, I’ll tell you this–I get scared easily. I cover my eyes in scary movies like Iron Man 3, I sleep with my laptop open because I’m afraid of the dark, I hate when the train passes by my house because I envision the next few moments being like … Continue reading

Where the World is White & Privileged: Being Black in Alaska

There is freedom in living in a place where the worst thing to be, isn’t being Black. In Alaska, less than 3.6 percent of Blacks make up the state’s entire population. At my college, Blacks are less than 2 percent. The largest minority group here is Alaska Natives–making up approximately 15 percent of the population. … Continue reading

15 Badass Quotes About Women & Feminism

0. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings” Cheris Kramerae 1. “Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so” Naomi Wolf 2. “We need to reclaim the word ‘feminism’. We need the word ‘feminism’ back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women … Continue reading

The Revolution Will Never End. But for Now, Saying Goodbye to Black Feminist Rising

For all of you feminist blog lovers, the title is true, this will be the final post for Black Feminist Rising. Didn’t you start this blog like three weeks ago? Yes. Are you renouncing your black feminist ways? Girl, hell no. Then why are you doing it? Um, a lot of reasons. Well for one, … Continue reading

I Have No Photos For These Memories: A Childhood

It’s in some closet somewhere in a some small town, I’m sure you’ll find it. It’s a school photo of me when I was 6. My hair is in two big puff balls and a smile reveals my missing teeth from too many Mickey Mouse lollipops. I’m wearing a purple v-neck shirt with a blue … Continue reading