U.S.A. / 2017
This is a hilarious, educational, and wide-reaching round-up of Crunk Feminist Collective's brand of feminism: "Hip-Hop Feminism." These essays explore topics like sex, work, police, love, music, and sisterhood within the context of our patriarchal culture. Until I was 21, I shunned the "feminist" label because I'd soaked up all the misinterpretations of what feminism actually is. People talk a lot about self-hating Black people, but there are also women who society teaches to loathe themselves and others for being women. I was one of those women, because I was raised to see women as inferior to men. They say it's impossible to grow up in this country and not be racist. It's also impossible to grow up in this country and not hold some kind of disdain for women. That goes for both men and women. It took a lot of conversations (and reading) for me to unlearn my own sexism toward woman (and myself). So, if even us women have to do this work to learn to see ourselves as equal and worthy, then yes, men, you've most likely got work to do, too. I highly recommend reading this book. Check it out from Feminist Press.