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April 26, 2010

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Homegirl Quel

I agree with you 100%. I'll stand by for the ABC Nightline special, "Why white Southern Women Can't Keep a Man", but imagine I'll be waiting for a very long time. Mmmhm.

revolutionary_petunia

im glad women of color are speaking up on this and not letting the media hijack our sense of identity or worth.

theres is a twisted perk growing up as'fatherless' daughters in a patriarchial society. fatherless not so much in the biological sense, but in the cultural sense. we have had to defend ourselves. protect ourselves. raise ourselves. result being, we are free.

i think that is what really bothers 'others' so much about us. we are free women.

summer

@homegirl - thanks for the co-sign. the difference in treatment of these two groups really is infuriating and completely nonsensical when you think about it.

@revolutionary_petunia - thanks for stopping by! i love your discussion of our being culturally fatherless. that is profound. and that can be bothersome to others, can't it?

revolutionary_petunia

@summer thank u for discussion!

one good spinoff from this flurry of bad press is that is has engaged us black women in converstation together with each other in a really supportive way. we may be 'fatherless', but we are not without our sisters.

and yes, i think women sustaining themselves *by* themselves & with help from 'each other' rather than from "men" (be it father, husband,or government)...is indeed very threatening to the core of american society. it goes against what a patriarchial society is built on (egalitarianism, independence, matriarchy, etc..)

i personally believe that black women are under attack b/c of our insistence at being boldy, visibly, unquietly unique, creative, and innovation in our ways to forward the black family. our embracing of non nuclear family standards, coupled with a sense of many single womens refusal to "not lower their standards" makes folks say 'who do you women think you are?'

we are free

summer

i like how you think, rp! cyberspace sisters, unite. :-D

these attacks are attempts to hurt our esteem, with the most recent one was clearly directed at "successful black women." hmm.... very much a veiled "who do you think you are" statement.

food for thought, indeed.

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