Escaping the harem: postcolonial explorations of Algerian women in art

Barâa Arar explores how Algerian women can emerge ‘mischievous and dancing’ using postcolonial analysis to deconstruct 19th-century portrayals of the imagined harem in art Read More

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Hollywood’s Awards Season Fascination with Rape and Sexual Abuse

by Winnie M Li  Content warning: includes references to rape and sexual abuse A few months ago at the Golden Globes, Isabelle Huppert won a Golden Globe for playing a rape survivor, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson won for playing a rapist-murderer. While subsequent awards shows haven’t panned out the same way, both actors continue to be lauded… Read More

‘Dark Girls’ The @WritersofColour Review

by Taimour Fazlani Dark Girls is a documentary-film that brings to the screen an ensemble of intimate accounts that entice the audience into a poignant experience which studies the indignities faced daily by dark-complexioned African-American women. The documentary, which is the brainchild of Dr. Channsin Berry also includes interviews with objective psychologists, social commentators and… Read More

Photo Gallery: #BlackIsBeautiful

Alice Walker’s Definition of a “Womanist” from In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose. WOMANIST 1. From womanish.  (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color.  From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “you acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman.  Usually referring to outrageous,… Read More

Is the sexuality of black women judged differently from that of white women?

Originally posted on Black Women of Brazil:
Funk groups Bonde das Maravilhas (left) and Gaiola das Popozudas Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so the debate over the Brazilian music style known as “Funk” has raged on for a minute now. As in past posts that have touched on the topic of funk, it is…