My Feminism is Ratchet: A Black Feminist Review
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From the time of our arrival in America, Black people have been forced to create protective strategies and employ tactics of survival against racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression put in place by the dominant society. Of those strategies the politics of respectability, which were crafted by a group of Black Baptist women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is a strategy that Black people are currently still employing. While both Black men and women are negatively affected by the politics of respectability I chose to focus solely on women for this specific project. Throughout this paper not only will I be exploring the reasons why adhering to the politics of respectability stifles Black women, but I will also discuss the ways in which respectability sneaks into Black feminist discourse. Also within the context of this paper I will address the newfound interest that Black entertainers such as, Beyoncé and Cardi B, have with feminism and the ways in which they are using their artistry to aid young Black women and girls in forging a new sub section of Black feminism — Ratchet feminism.