On Annie Lennox and erasure: Black Feminism, 30.10.14

This is a great blog comment which echoes my thoughts on Racial Patriarchy very loudly. In this case, Morgan Jerkins illustrates how everyone is affected by Racial Patriarchy, as Black Feminism is clearly positioned as inferior to Feminism (aka white feminism, which appears to be the ‘universal’ and “correct” form of feminism). This blog comment is a great piece of intersectional analysis and observation!

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(Morgan Jerkins graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Comparative Literature and is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars. Follow her on twitter @MorganTheScribe or her Tumblr blog, “Black Girl in MFA.”)

When I initially heard that Annie Lennox was promoting a new album, I, like countless others, was excited about it. Annie’s a living legend who has been in the music industry for nearly 40 years, and she’s a well-known social activist, raising money and awareness for marginalized communities affected by HIV/AIDS. So it was safe to assume that interviewers were going to ask her about feminism, right? After all, feminism has been a hot topic, and Annie was alive during the earlier waves of feminism.

In an interview with Pride Source, Annie is specifically asked what she thinks of Beyoncé in the context of feminism. She says that Beyoncéas…

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