The Crunk Feminist Collective (B.C. Cooper, S.M. Morris, R.M. Boylorn)

  "Black women and girls are not generally offered the luxury of femininity. Women of color are faced with more than sexism in our homes, jobs, and communities. We face criticism when we express our independence from and solidarity with men, and receive backlash when we express our disappointment and frustration with their flagrant disregard for our lives and well-being. Many of us grew up witnessing our foremothers and other women in our lives demonstrate strength and independence out of necessity, never given the luxury or opportunity to be "kept women." Places we were told to revere like churches and schools, as well as intimate spaces like our homes and bedrooms, were privately, if not publicly, sexist. We were encouraged (by women and men alike) to accept these unfair and unjust practices as normal."

"Black women and girls are not generally offered the luxury of femininity. Women of color are faced with more than sexism in our homes, jobs, and communities. We face criticism when we express our independence from and solidarity with men, and receive backlash when we express our disappointment and frustration with their flagrant disregard for our lives and well-being. Many of us grew up witnessing our foremothers and other women in our lives demonstrate strength and independence out of necessity, never given the luxury or opportunity to be "kept women." Places we were told to revere like churches and schools, as well as intimate spaces like our homes and bedrooms, were privately, if not publicly, sexist. We were encouraged (by women and men alike) to accept these unfair and unjust practices as normal."

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.