Thursday, March 26, 2015

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: GENDERED SLURS, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, RAPE THREATS AT LINK]

Hello Brittney Cooper is being brilliant again, pay attention.

Black girls’ sexual burden: Why Mo’ne Davis was really called a “slut”

Yes, this happened. Remember Mo'ne Davis, the baseball prodigy who is breaking records and generally kicking more ass than most adults have in their entire lives? Some dude for some reason that utterly escapes me got upset that Disney is planning to make a movie about her, which is FANTASTIC because representation not only matters, but saves lives, and so he called her a slut.

She's 13. She's amazing at baseball. So she gets called a slut.

As Cooper points out, this brings to mind the incident in which The Onion called Quvenzhan√© Wallis a cunt when she was nine. And while The Onion's tweet was meant to be a "joke" and Joey Casselberry's was clearly not, there's a definite pattern of using gendered slurs of a sexual nature to degrade black girls who are achieving great things.

Brittney Cooper explains the reasons behind this behavior and, more importantly, the effect this has on the black girls who grow into black women. This line in particular is intensely brilliant:

"In other words, Black girls’ sexual security is a routine casualty of boys’ sexual maturation process."

Click and read.

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