by Sharon H. Chang
In February/March of this year Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indian-American woman, became the first woman in the U.S. to be charged, convicted and sentenced for feticide and child neglect over the loss of her late-term fetus.
It started with barely a hunch. I read, “resulted from…relationship with a married co-worker,” “didn’t want her conservative Hindu parents to know,” “shouldn’t have sex outside of marriage,” and a light bulb was dimly lit in my mind. I reflected on those words and in them I saw boundaries, boundary-crossing: (cis)female/male, married/unmarried, Hindu/non-Hindu, proper/improper, faith/fear, expectation/defiance. The light bulb grew brighter; an unformed contemplation sat vaguely in the corner. Then other details emerged: immigrant/American, authority/subordinate, empowered/disempowered, justice/injustice. The light bulb grew even brighter, illuminating an idea that stood up and stepped forward out of shadow.
Powerful article. Thank you for sharing Sharon!
I wish I could say that I’m surprised and appalled by the ignorance that white men tend to show when they approach me, but I’ve come to expect it. While white men are not the only group to hold racial biases and stereotypes against black women, they tend to be the least informed on the racialized and gendered issues that black women endure.
White men have the privilege of not having to actively think about their intersections of race and gender, which is starkly different from black women’s realities. White men navigate society with relative ease while black women are teetering on the precarious margins of race and gender that they do not have the privilege to ignore.
This is not a game to us, nor is it something we can ignore.
Our race and gender affects the way we carry ourselves, and this uncomfortable mindfulness is something that white men simply cannot relate to. While it may be hard for two people from widely different intersections of race and gender to understand each other, it’s not impossible once the more privileged party (in this case, the white guy) is able to recognize their shortcomings and how the intersections of race and gender affect every aspect of a black woman’s life.
A white man must be willing to work toward a better understanding of how race and gender intersect differently for everyone, and he must also be prepared to speak out against the injustices that their partners will endure.
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Author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock (pictured) announced her engagement to longtime beau and New York photographer, Aaron Tredwell (pictured). Mock showed off her sparkler and answered her betrothed’s question on her Twitter and Instagram sites by simply stating, “I said “YES!”
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Congratulations to them!!
I recently had a very unique interview….
Eugenia Massaquoi, a 12th year student from Nazareth Catholic College in Adelaide South Australia contacted me and asked if she could interview me for her English project regarding the topic of, “What are some of the reasons why people are attracted to different races?” What a special interview it was…
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Hey girl, Ryan Gosling is a dad.
The actor welcomed a baby girl with longtime girlfriend Eva Mendes on Sept. 12, multiple sources confirmed to Us Weekly. People also confirmed the news.
The Huffington Post has reached out to the couple’s reps …
One Drop of Love
Today at Stanford! 7:30 PM
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford, CA
WHEN: Friday, September 5 – classroom visit at 11AM; performance at 7:30PM
WHERE: Campbell Recital Hall, 471 Lagunita (this address is to the Dinkelspiel Auditorium, which Campbell Recital Hall is attached to)
TICKETS: General admission; Stanford students and faculty will receive priority seating
In straightforward portraits of mixed-race families, photographer Cyjo reveals how our ethnic identities evolve and blur.
The couples don’t seem to look too happy
– Glenn Robinson
InterracialDatingCentral.com, the world’s largest online interracial dating community, with more than 900K active members on Facebook, spreads message that “love is more than skin deep” with viral video
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2016318#ixzz35rEtK2DY
“It seems there are a lot of interracial dating sites.
I don’t know which to trust. And what would prevent the big sites like eharmony, okcupid, and yahoo personals from being interracial dating sites?”
– -Glenn Robinson