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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 219–231.
Published: 01 November 2018
... African continent, were the original feminists. In her now classic anthology, The Black Woman Cross-Culturally , Steady argued that “true feminism” stemmed from “an actual experience of oppression, a lack of the socially prescribed means of ensuring one’s wellbeing, and a true lack of access to resources...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 383–400.
Published: 01 November 2018
... feminism as a broad lens through which to examine how these women artists present challenges to patriarchy, gender norms, and the politics of respectability that may or may not align with African feminist ideologies. In addition to resistance, this research examines how these artists use their art to...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 269–278.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Fatima Sadiqi; Aziza Ouguir Abstract Aziza Ouguir talks with Professor Fatima Sadiqi, one of Africa’s most prolific and well-respected feminist scholars, about African feminisms north and south of the Sahara. Copyright © 2018 Smith College 2018 African feminism Moroccan feminism women and...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 279–295.
Published: 01 November 2018
... the struggle for gender and sexual liberation, thus strengthening solidarity across social justice movements. Copyright © 2018 Smith College 2018 sex work African feminisms activism solidarity In 2013 a group of twelve sex workers in Cape Town, both cis and transgender women...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 16 (1): 114–141.
Published: 01 September 2018
... encounter, in 1972, between a young Muslim girl in socialist Bulgaria and African American feminist Angela Davis. This encounter is linked to postsocialist Romani feminisms explicitly rooted in African American women's epistemologies of intersectionality to confront racism and anti-Gypsyism in the European...
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Meridians (1 June 2016) 14 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 June 2016
... experiences of Black women, as they run counter to the established order and are nourished by a Black African cosmovision or point of view, constitutive of Afro-Brazilian civilizational values. The latter elements form the basis for their thought, supplying thematic content and an epistemological perspective...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 233–245.
Published: 01 November 2018
...’ hope was to generate new readings of Africa’s history by shedding light on women’s writing and, in doing so, change assumptions of how knowledge is shaped. Copyright © 2018 Smith College 2018 Women Writing Africa archive canon memory knowledge African feminism Let me begin with my...
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Meridians (1 March 2008) 8 (2): 126–165.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Frances M. Beal; Loretta J. Ross Abstract In this oral history, Frances M. Beal describes her unique childhood as the daughter of parents of refugee Jewish, African American, and Native American descent. The interview focuses on her activism in the United States and in France, including founding...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 415–431.
Published: 01 November 2018
... an alternative sensibility of feminism within the African context. Initially I entered this new journey through a critique of liberal declarations and practices of citizenship, which keep the majority of women outside the ambit of laws and protections that are supposed to be universal...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 361–375.
Published: 01 November 2018
... always been part of the early conceptualizations of so-called ‘Western feminism,’ even if not properly acknowledged as such. More importantly African women have always defined and carried out their own struggles. African feminism dates back in our collective past, although much of the story has yet to be...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 338–358.
Published: 01 November 2018
... from erasure and, if so, whether that erasure was more severe in women’s case. My African feminist curiosity compels me to move beyond women’s history per se and to connect the histories of women to contemporary political movements. While African feminism seeks to resist multiple axes of oppression...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 94–151.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Joyce C. Follet Abstract This essay offers a historical overview of African American women’s efforts to gain access to contraception, from the early stirrings of the campaign to legalize birth control in the 1910s to the eve of mass movements for racial equality and women’s rights in the 1960s. The...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 401–414.
Published: 01 November 2018
... this archival work might be important in creating space for African queers, it fails to engage fully with what it might mean to be both African and queer, in the here and now . So what, if there were no ancestral queers ? What do these archives concretize and block out of queer possibilities? While...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 227–243.
Published: 01 April 2019
... heterosexual nuclear family model that is informed by feminist ideology and takes shape in a twenty-first-century material reality transformed by feminism. Second to this, and in the context of her relationship with her famous African American mother, Walker characterizes the biological (black feminist) mother...
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Meridians (1 September 2014) 12 (2): 142–152.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Alexis Pauline Gumbs Abstract On June 2, 2013, Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind and Mobile Homecoming organized a celebration of the 150 th anniversary of the Combahee River uprising, an epic event organized by Harriet Tubman in which nearly 800 enslaved Africans achieved their freedom at...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 150–162.
Published: 01 September 2018
... in its influence on the writing of contemporary scholars of the Black diaspora. Campt, Commander, and Sharpe amplify her claim of the importance of the enslaved past to understanding contemporary Black lives. Copyright © 2018 Smith College 2018 African diaspora slavery Black feminism...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 107–130.
Published: 01 September 2018
... intimately tied with Fanon’s brand of pan-Africanism. Fanon’s quest for “true love, real love” (24) in the microcosm of interracial heterosexual relationships is the beginning stage of his quest for a cosmic love—the kind of egalitarian brotherhood in which man can “touch the other, feel the other, discover...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 215–218.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Nairobi and like her mother devote herself to the uncompromising pursuit of justice, artistic creation, and scholarship. Thus I admit that when Alicia and Gabeba approached Meridians about guest-editing a special issue on African feminisms, the possibility of obliquely honoring both Dr. Mwangis...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 296–308.
Published: 01 November 2018
.... Together, these excerpts of the document allow us to ponder the effects of the conference on both African and global feminisms. They also challenge individuals to consider the gains achieved and struggles remaining since the meeting in 1985. All images are from the Decade for Women Information Resources #5...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 184–204.
Published: 01 September 2018
... suppressed or repressed.” Quashie goes on to emphasize, “This is the key aesthetic difference between the two terms because in its inwardness, the aesthetic of quiet is watcherless (22, emphasis mine). Quashie’s engagement with sovereign quiet reframes African American discourses that regard resistance...