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HuffPost Opinion: Why Black Women Have Never Had the Privilege of Rage

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/14/18 –The past several weeks have sparked an unprecedented conversation about women’s collective fury in this #MeToo, #WhyIDidntReport and post-Kavanaugh hearings era. Three recent books and a flurry of op-edsessays and social media energy has everyone talking about rage in a brand new way.

This is good news for women. But what’s been blatantly missing from mainstream dialogue is a nuanced understanding of how rage is perceived by and received from black women ― and whether this alleged new moment in the ongoing liberation of women will actually be an equitable one.

Black women have been furious for decades, and our collective rage hasn’t exactly led to any revolutionary change in our lived experience. Quite the opposite: The “angry black woman” trope is a powerful tool that’s been used to dehumanize and silence black women for decades.

The dangerous stereotype of the black female as an angry, finger-snapping, emasculating, neck-moving, “oh no you didn’t”-spewing being has done deep harm. Our anger has never been viewed as legitimate or warranted due to unfair treatment; instead, it’s been twisted into a pathology. Read more at Huff Post Opinion. 

Washington Post: Female Fury Is In–What Does That Mean for Mothers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/11/18 –As a woman, I am angry. But as a mother, I’m seething. There’s a robust conversation right now about the historical and present power of female rage as a tool for social change. A number of books, articles and social media hashtags are pointing out that women are fed up. Instead of being silenced by patriarchal ideas of women’s emotions as “hysteria,” women are embracing their anger as a social and political force to be reckoned with.

That is great news for women. But what about mothers as a key subset of women?

Truth is, mothers have plenty of reasons to be angry. We live in the only industrialized nation that doesn’t offer a federal paid parental leave, our maternal mortality rates are rising while rates in other developed countries are in decline or flat, and affordable, quality child care feels like a national oxymoron. Studies indicate that the “maternal wall” — bias toward mothers in hiring and promotion practices — is more pervasive than the glass ceiling. These are just some of the policy failures and systemic gaps that can rob us of the joy of motherhood and make us angry. Read more at Washington Post

New York Times: Forgiving $38,750 in Child Support, for My Kids’ Sake

April 19, 2015

Illustration by Abigail Gray Swartz

Illustration by Abigail Gray Swartz

Earlier this year, I spent three hours sitting on a hard, wooden bench in the Queens County Family Court, waiting for a judge to approve my petition to forgive $38,750 in child support arrears from my ex-husband.

The judge said, “Well this is a rare one,” then asked me several times if I was aware of what I was doing and if I had received legal counsel. When I told my single mom friends, they looked at me as if I had committed an act of treason. “Child support is all we have!” one friend exclaimed.

Is it?

Read more in The New York Times >>

Mom and Dad are Fighting Podcast

April 23, 2015

In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk to writer and mother Kimberly Seals Allers about child support and why she decided to forgive her ex-husband’s $38,750 debt.

Listen to Mom and Dad Are Fighting by clicking on the arrow in the audio player below:

  • Huff Post: Black Women Have Not Had The Privilege of Rage

    10/14/18 –The past several weeks have sparked an unprecedented conversation about women’s collective fury in this #MeToo, #WhyIDidntReport and post-Kavanaugh hearings era. Three recent books and a flurry of op-eds, essays and social media energy has everyone talking about rage in a brand new way. This is good news for women. But what’s been blatantly missing from mainstream dialogue is a nuanced

  • HuffPost Opinion: Black Women Have Not Had The Privilege of Rage

    10/14/18– The past several weeks have sparked an unprecedented conversation about women’s collective fury in this #MeToo, #WhyIDidntReport and post-Kavanaugh hearings era. Three recent books and a flurry of op-eds, essays and social media energy has everyone talking about rage in a brand new way. This is good news for women. But what’s been blatantly missing from mainstream dialogue is a nuanced

  • Getting It Right: Ethics & Engaging African American Communities for Breastfeeding Support –Live Webinar on October 23rd.

      REGISTER NOW!  Engaging African American communities is critical for improving breastfeeding support efforts and outcomes. But how it is done matters! Incorrrect, inappropriate or unethical engagement can reverse recent progress to reverse racial disparities and lead to irreversible harm. Increasingly as researchers, organizations and programs  seek to address racial disparities in breastfeeding rates and apply an equity lens to community

  • Bigger than Benefits: Creating an “Understanding” of the Breastfeeding Experience

    Lately, in my presentations I’ve been extremely intentional and deliberate about one particular slide. This is what it says: Why is this so important? Because for so long, we have sought an interpretation of breastfeeding , as in, how do we use studies and data to better understand how to connect with women. What are the benefits that we need

  • By Us, For Us: On Black Breastfeeding Week, the WHO Code & Calling out Camels

    By Kimberly Seals Allers Every year when Black Breastfeeding Week occurs there is some sort of kerfuffle related to the act of black leaders determining what is best for their community. This year, a disappointing chatter began among those who strictly monitor the WHO Code– very important work with critical historical context. BBW received no monetary contributions, but two pump

  • Huff Post: Black Women Have Not Had The Privilege of Rage

    10/14/18 –The past several weeks have sparked an unprecedented conversation about women’s collective fury in this #MeToo, #WhyIDidntReport and...

  • HuffPost Opinion: Black Women Have Not Had The Privilege of Rage

    10/14/18– The past several weeks have sparked an unprecedented conversation about women’s collective fury in this #MeToo, #WhyIDidntReport and...

  • Getting It Right: Ethics & Engaging African American Communities for Breastfeeding Support –Live Webinar on October 23rd.

      REGISTER NOW!  Engaging African American communities is critical for improving breastfeeding support efforts and outcomes. But how it...

  • Bigger than Benefits: Creating an “Understanding” of the Breastfeeding Experience

    Lately, in my presentations I’ve been extremely intentional and deliberate about one particular slide. This is what it says:...

  • By Us, For Us: On Black Breastfeeding Week, the WHO Code & Calling out Camels

    By Kimberly Seals Allers Every year when Black Breastfeeding Week occurs there is some sort of kerfuffle related to...

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