Online media has fostered new conversations about the intersections of race and feminism. My Google Reader feed agrees: while looking for this piece about white feminist privileges, I found many other posts on these topics. A few recent examples include the “Mommy, I want to be white” post on Feministing, “What Can the Black Man Say to the White Woman?” on The Abortioneers, and our own “Teaching Boys Feminism” post on Fem2pt0. There are many more examples that I could mention if I had the time and space.
New information and connectedness allow these conversations to take place. And where does this information come from? Often, from new social media. These platforms allow bloggers to access a wider variety of sources. Social media brings smaller forums attention while helping larger ones to disseminate information more quickly. Although discussions about race and feminism still have room for improvement, social media outlets have at least raised their profile.
Along these lines, Morgane Richardson and Jessie Daniels have made a call for submissions for a volume on race, feminism, and social media. This work follows from the “Ain’t I a Woman” conferences on the same topic that took place earlier this year. How does social media affect your perception of race and feminist issues? How are you using these forums to explore these ideas? What sorts of problems or solutions do these forums create? We would love to hear your thoughts on these questions and see your submissions in this work!
“AIN’T I A WOMAN: RACE, FEMINISM AND SOCIAL MEDIA”
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Professional Feminist, Founder of Refuse the Silence and Ain’t I a Woman Events
Associate Professor, CUNY – Hunter College and the Graduate Center
We are currently seeking essays on the importance of social media for, by and about women of color within the feminist movement. In 2011, feminists gathered in New York and Los Angeles at Ain’t I A Woman (AIAW) events to discuss race, feminism and social media. The discussions started at those events have continued through a wide range of outlets, both online and offline, challenging conventional notions about feminist activism, women of color and technology. The AIAW events made it apparent that social media has opened up new possibilities for connecting feminist activists across racial lines while at the same time perennial struggles around racism, class privilege and sexuality continue to undermine those alliances.
While there are books about young feminists (e.g., Full Frontal Feminism, Valenti, 2007) and about young feminists of color (e.g., Colonize This! Hernandez and Rehman, 2002), to date, there are no books that explore the experiences of young feminists of color using social media to engage in feminist activism. Ain’t I A Woman: Race, Feminism and Social Media will be the first volume to focus attention on the innovative resistance by women of color in feminist political struggle through social media.
Panelists from the AIAW events are strongly encouraged to submit to the volume, but submission is open to anyone engaged in social media around issues of race and feminism. Ain’t I A Woman is intended to include a range of perspectives by and about women of color, race, feminism and social media.
Click here for more details or to submit your piece!