Don’t Call it a Comeback: Misogyny in Modern America

"Misogyny" courtesy of nessie666.deviantart,com

“Misogyny” courtesy of nessie666.deviantart,com

I started this post with the intention of posing a definition of misogyny, providing a couple examples, and wrapping it up. But, when I went onto UrbanDictionary.com to look up the definition for misogyny, the first thing that popped up was “Vampire Ass: an ass so juicy you just can help but sink your teeth into it.” Nevermind the two blatant misusages of grammar, this is a perfect example of how misogyny has infiltrated our every day thinking.

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Empire in 3D: The Installations of Yinka Shonibare

 

"Flower Time" instillation by Yinka Shonibare courtesy of stephenfriedman.com.

“Flower Time” instillation by Yinka Shonibare courtesy of stephenfriedman.com.

Yinka Shonibare is a British-Nigerian artist who is perhaps most known for his work on “colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization.” He suffers from a disorder called transverse myelitis, which has caused one side of his body to be paralyzed. According to Shonibare himself: “I do have a physical disability and I was determined that the scope of my creativity should not be restricted purely by my physicality. It would be like an architect choosing to build only what could be physically built by hand.”

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Review of the New Black

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Many media outlets have praised ‘The New Black’ such as the Starpulse writer Jason Coleman, who writes “eye-opening stuff. Hands down a thought provoking film with equal parts energy and pathos”.

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Progressive Classics: Settler Colonialism

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Settler colonialism is the act of moving in and taking over. Wikipedia defines the term as a “specific colonial formation whereby foreign family units move into a region and reproduce.” Settler colonialism contains two distinct parts: migration and displacement through power. According to the writers at SettlerColonialStudies.org, not all people who migrate are colonizing settlers. Instead, “Settlers come to stay…They are founders of political orders who carry with them a distinct sovereign capacity. And settler colonialism is not colonialism: settlers want Indigenous people to vanish (but can make use of their labour before they are made to disappear).”

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Avoid. Accommodate. Compromise. Repeat.

 

Delois Blakely at a 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. protest. Image courtesy of the New York Times.

Image courtesy of the New York Times

Editor’s Note: We like to keep profanity, violence, and misogyny to a minimum at Progressive Pupil, but we do not believe in stifling the voices of our writers and community. Be warned, there is some strong language to follow.  In their renowned text The Managerial Grid, Blake and Mouton describe 5 methods of coping with conflict: Collaborating, Competing, Accomodating, Avoiding and Compromising. Given racist stereotypes about Black people being violent, angry and overly emotional – do African Americans choose too frequently to accommodate, avoid, and compromise to fit in?  If so, what are the mental and physical consequences? Read the full post »

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Barefoot Diva

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Ms. Cesaria Evora was born on Cape Verde in 1941 and was known as the “Barefoot Diva” because she performed without shoes. She was orphaned at the age of seven and fame did not find her until the age of 47 and won a Grammy in 2003 for her album “Voz D’Amor”. Cise (as she was known to her friends) is considered the best Morna singer – where Morna is a genre of music similar to the blues. In fact The Washington Post compared her to American jazz singer Billie Holiday.

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Submissions: Black August

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Progressive Pupil is looking forward to engaging and dissecting the Military Industrial Complex for Black August and we need your help!

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Fact of Fiction: Overspending or Just Living

Bryan Cranston as Walter White from a GQ photoshoot. Image courtesy of GQ.com

Bryan Cranston as Walter White from a GQ photoshoot. Image courtesy of GQ.com

No matter what generation, there is always a subset of the population living above their means. But, when is enough, enough?

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#BETAwards and Compassionate Independence

LaGuardia Performance Arts High School alum and Trinidad and Tobago native Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards 2014

LaGuardia Performance Arts High School alum and Trinidad and Tobago native Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards 2014

 

Happy July! I hope this July 4th will find you safe, affirmed and celebrating your independence. This month at Progressive Pupil, we celebrate struggles for self-determination in Black communities throughout the world.

If you are reading this on The Progress: a Progressive Pupil blog, chances are you have had the opportunity to make some constructive choices about how to see yourself and your community.   You have also probably had access to some positive role models either in person or through books and film. These kinds of life chances are essential to exercising independence and autonomy.  Although in theory we may have compassion for members of our communities who have not had similarly constructive chances, in practice on social media it can be hard to resist the opportunity to put down people – especially extremely visible people like Nicki Minaj – who have not. (You can click photo above for her acceptance speech).

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The Whispers of Black People: Langston Hughes’ Struggles with Gay Pride

From the movie “Looking for Langston”, 1989 The man on the right is Ben Ellison as Langston Hughes.  The man on the right is his boyfriend Mathew Baidoo.

From the movie “Looking for Langston”, 1989
The man on the right is Ben Ellison as Langston Hughes. The man on the right is his boyfriend Mathew Baidoo.

Is freedom merely enough?  That was a wonder for most of the black people in the United States in 19th and 20th centuries.  Harlem had become the destination for most African Americans in the early 1900s.  They were looking to find a way to achieve equality and civil rights. With a stronger black community, Harlem Renaissance had started its movement in 1910 to fight for their Americans’ rights.  Uniquely, the inspiration of this movement is based on the play, Three plays for a negro theater”, the essay for Claude McKay, “If We Must Die” , poems of Langston Hughes and other great artists who came from across the country to ask for a recognition of their works. Read the full post »

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