women of colour

FFFF: “Royals” Parody about Typecasting Women of Colour

Friday Feminist Funny FilmActress Tess Paras brings us this parody of Lorde’s “Royals” that calls out the typecasting of women of colour in Hollywood.

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Coming Together to Make Media from the Margins

Cover of Issue 1

by Jarrah Hodge

Often as feminists and social justice activists we find ourselves challenged by the mainstream media. It doesn’t seem to represent our issues. It tends to be created in a way that’s competitive, not collaborative. And while some women’s experiences get represented, others very notably do not. That’s why I was really happy to find out about a new print and online zine, Margins, started in Vancouver and written by “self-identified Indigenous women, women of color and queer women”.

Margins is a zine that puts intersectionality at its centre and exposes the links between the personal and political, the intimate and the global. It recognizes the value and purpose of emotion and experience.

Margins launched in June of this year to a packed house at the Rhizome Cafe. I got in touch with the editorial collective of Arielle Friedman, Ashley Zarbatany, Jennifer Wang, and Syahidah Ismail for an email interview and they sent back their joint responses on the zine-creation process, the reaction to Margins, and their plans for future issues..

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Summer 2012 Book List

by Jarrah Hodge

What’s that you say? Summer’s over? That explains why this book list is a little long. Let me know what you’re reading by replying in the comments below this post!


Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

As with The Hunger Games, I liked Katniss and the fact that she was a strong girl role-model, but I didn’t think the writing was that great. Catching Fire was probably my favourite and the most exciting of the three, but I found it harder to like Mockingjay, possibly because of the somewhat disempowered state in which Katniss spends most of the novel.

Game of Thrones Book #1 by George R. R. Martin

This is too complex to discuss here but you can read my analysis of the Geek Girl Con Game of Thrones panel if you want to know more of my thoughts. If you don’t feel like reading that, know I rated book one a 4/5 on Goodreads and am looking forward to the other books despite their issues.

Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Swamplandia is truly a work of art, combining the mystical and the very real. Russell intricately and creatively describes complex family dynamics, an underworld adventure, sexual assault, alligator wrestling, and the struggle of an uneducated kid to make it in the big city. Read more

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Indigenous and Women of Colour Media Makers Resist!

Tailfeathers (center) with star of A Red Girl’s Reasoning Jessica Matten (left) and Rose Stiffarm (right)

4th post as part of  Joanna Chiu‘s series of posts for Vancouver’s Battered Women’s Support Services on media representations of violence against women in recognition of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week. Read the whole series at the BWSS Ending Violence blog.

Today, as I was walking down the street to write at my favorite coffee shop, I received the usual afternoon greetings from my neighbours: “Hey baby!” “Konichee-wa!” “Ni hao! “Look at that ass!!”

As all Indigenous women and women of colour know, if sexism wasn’t bad enough, we encounter racism on a daily basis as well—on the street, in the classroom, in the workplace, and in the media. (See the theory of intersectionality on how oppressions like racism, ageism and classism intersect.)

In media, women of colour are often hyper-sexualized, and depicted in racial caricatures: Kung Fu ladies, geishas, sexy Latina sirens, Pocahontas types, etc. That is, if we see ourselves represented in the media at all. According to Journalism.com’s State of the Media report, race and gender issues only accounted for 1% of overall news coverage. And how many women of colour lead actresses can you name in Hollywood, or who have graced the covers of glossy magazines?

The absence of representations of people of colour in the media is as bad as racist representations in the media, because it implies that we simply don’t matter. Read more

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More on Dec. 6: Including Women of Colour

Thanks to Black Coffee Poet for creating and posting this interview with Deb Singh of the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre about why we can’t forget indigenous women and other women of colour when observing the National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women on December 6. It’s important to take into account Singh’s observations about why we can’t take a one-size-fits-all approach based on white women’s experiences in order to deal with violence against women across cultures.


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