Sisters Talking Back (Challenging Dominant Narratives)

23 Jun

Sisters of Resistance have recently read some powerful sisters talking back, challenging racist, sexist stereotypes of the dominant white male power structure. 


Lauryn Hill has spoken back against the poisonous nature of the music industry in a powerful statement available here.

Erykah Badu has directly addressed those who seek to badmouth her because of her third child here. 

Lastly, this in depth article analyses “respectability politics” and how they can be oppressive for black women in particular, making reference to the racist film The Help and Erykah Badu. 

3 Responses to “Sisters Talking Back (Challenging Dominant Narratives)”

  1. Libby Dickerson June 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I am thrilled to have found the work you’re doing on twitter today, and want to say keep it up! I have an observation that I hope will add to the dialogue…in exploring this site, I went right to the Top Posts area. I hate all the emphasis there on “him.” What he is up to, what if he’s cheating, etc. I am an abuse survivor, and I feel like an emphasis on “her” is so important.

    My two cents….don’t worry your head about what he’s doing. If you think he’s cheating, if you think he’s verbally abusive, if you think he’s manipulating, HE IS. If you think he will hit you. HE WILL. You don’t have those suspicions or gut feelings in healthy relationships. Don’t waste time reading about that crap, read about what women are doing who are empowered and strong and good. Worry your head about what you are doing today to let your life shine and make this world a better place. Time better spent imho. That’s why I love the article above…that is where the energy should go!

    • Sista Resista July 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      Dear Libby, Agreed! Thank you very much for your comment. By way of explanation, we have found many women searching for advice about what to do about cheating lying men and we wanted to provide a feminist analysis of relationships etc under patriarchy. However, we whole heartedly agree with your comment and the strength and positivity you seem to demonstrate as a survivor. Thanks again for your comment,

      Sisterly Solidarity,


  2. Sarah Maria Medina July 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Thanks for posting these pieces. I read them all, and they are all what’s up. Both Erica and Lauren are true queens. And the third analytical piece really breaks it down.

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