In this episode, we’re talking about archetypes of Black women – the Mammy, the Jezebel, the Sapphire – and the ways they continue to be used against Black women, we fangirl over Hortense Spillers, and Alyssa struggles with pronunciation (#DecolonizeLanguage!). We dig into the repercussions of the Moynihan report, ungendering, and Tory Lanez’s alleged assault of Megan Thee Stallion. This episode ends with our commitment to #ProtectALLBlackWomen and uplifting the names of recently murdered Black transwomen Alejandra Monocuco, Tiffany Harris / Dior H Ova, and Queasha Hardy.
Content Warning: This episode discusses U.S. slavery, rape and rape culture, and intimate partner violence. If you would like to skip over the latter section, it’s from 1:02:00 – 1:24:35.
Discussed this week:
Reparations for Aunt Jemima! (Still Processing, 2020)
Ain’t I a Woman? (Sojourner Truth, 1851)
Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book (Hortense Spillers, 1987)
Sapphire as Praxis: Toward a Methodology of Anger (Bettina Judd, 2019)
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Justice for Alejandra: https://www.change.org/p/superintendencia-de-salud-colombia-justice-for-alejandra
Justice for Queasha: https://www.change.org/p/baton-rouge-police-department-justice-for-queasha-hardy