The Crunk Feminist Collective

I purposely titled this essay to highlight Gabby Douglas’ leadership of the USA Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Team, which she led to victory yesterday, by capturing 33% or 1/3 of the total points  the team received.

You heard right. This kid, who commentators continue to suggest is “unable to handle the pressure,” was the only member to compete in all four events — vault, bars, beam, and floor.

So though she’s only 1/5 of the team, she did 100% of the events, and captured 1/3 of the points.

Of course she didn’t get 33% of the coverage, or even a quarter of the love her teammates got.

During the medal ceremony the camera panned to and stayed with Jordyn, ofttimes obscuring Gabby’s face. Commentators were exultant about Jordyn’s gold medal. “Jordyn’s gold.” As though there were a medal with her name already engraved on it or something.

But um…

The Olympics…

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In the past I’ve ranted about Whitewashing of Asian (and other) characters and stories in Hollywood, but here is a very good post about how things are playing out in the world of theatre. La Jolla Playhouse intends to produce a new musical called The Nightingale, based on a Hans Christian Anderson fable about an Emperor of China. Somehow, none of the cast is Chinese…

fairyprincessdiaries

The Fairy Princess would like to talk a moment about Diversity in Casting.

Yes, it seems odd, given that this blog tends to be about Women who love Gay Men who love them back just as much, but one must have outside interests, and I did state at the beginning, that I would perhaps sound off on this issue.

To give a brief background on my particular tiara and wings, my heritage is Chinese, Irish, and Welsh and I am a dual citizen of the United States and Australia. I am married to a (straight) man who was born in Korea and came to the USA when he was 8 years old. I have traveled to countries that include Turkey, Greece, Australia, Ireland, Canada, China, Japan and I plan to add Europe in general when my son is a bit older. My point is, I’m well aware of what the…

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Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story (TEDtalks)

It is impossible to talk about the single story without talking about power. …How [stories] are told, who tells them, when they are told, how many stories are told, are really dependent on power. Power is not just the ability to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

This is one of those profoundly important videos that in many ways speaks to more than the topic which it sets out to address. Although a commentary on one of the many results of Western imperialism and post-colonial cultural exchange and understanding, “the danger of a single story” is a concept which can be applied even to “Othered” groups within our own countries and with whom we have trouble understanding.

TEDxHampshireCollege – Jay Smooth – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race

“We are not good despite our imperfections; it is the connection that we maintain with our imperfections that allows us to be good.”

Jay Smooth is host of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and is an acclaimed commentator on politics and culture.

In this talk, he discusses the sometimes thorny territory of how we discuss issues of race and racism, offering insightful and humorous suggestions for expanding our perception of the subject.