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Great resources that'll help you better understand feminism

Last year I embarked on a project to better understand why some black men treat black women poorly. I just didn’t understand why black men would further oppress their sisters. When I sat down to start my research, I found myself in the world of black feminism — a space I wasn’t sure I understood. But I was determined to learn. I went all the way back to the basics. I started cataloging feminist thinkpieces and resources from around the web in order to help me find my space in the world of black feminism specifically. I eventually became comfortable enough to write about some of my own experiences with intersectional feminism.
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Photo: tumblr.com Feminism a wide-ranging topic with many facets, each of which has its own historical context and modern-day understanding. There’s a lot to take in! I’m certainly no expert, but having lots of resources on hand  has been immensely helpful in my learning process.

If you’re a beginner like me and want to better understand intersectional feminism, here are some great resources you have to check out:

Things you can read

Whether you’re looking for some fast facts, quick reads or in-depth research, these websites are awesome spaces for gaining knowledge.
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General research

Wikipedia’s feminism pages (for those at the very beginning of their research): Feminism, Black feminism, Chicana feminism and Womanism. Be sure to check out the sources at the bottom of each article for the in-depth info.
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Photo: thesource.com #Solidarityisforwhitewomen: hashtag feminism on Twitter Sesali B.’s trap feminism (and other feminist pieces) The Genderbread Person The Black Feminist eZine Black Women’s Manifesto Herstory: The Origins and Continued Relevancy of Black Feminist Thought in the United States Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog Everyday Feminism Ms. Magazine Jezebel Bust (website and magazine) The Guardian Feministing Feministe Bustle Stanford Women's Community Center Search "feminism" right here on Blavity!

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Photo: bustle.com Who Needs Feminism Saved by the bell hooks Feminist Lisa Frank Microaggressions Black Feminist Killjoy The Daily Feminist Make Me a Sandwich B*tch Planned Parenthood Notorious R.B.G. Lipstick Feminists Femsplain Pizza Feminism

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Photo: criticalanimalstudies.org Feminists United My Favorite F Word is Feminism Latina Feminista Feministing.com Everyday Feminism  

Things you can watch

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Photo: createherstock The things you can watch to better understand feminism are limitless. Many movies, TV shows and other media might not initially seem to highlight feminism, but might have feminist undertones. The key is to watch anything and everything with a critical eye: How are women being represented? Are there problems with their presentation? Are patterns of representation emerging? Asking questions and analyzing what you watch through a feminist lens will take your understanding to the next level. We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Confessions of a bad feminist by Roxane Gay How to Date a Feminist Jessica’s Feminized Atmosphere Walk of No Shame with Amber Rose The Fault in Our Schools Amber Rose on It’s Not You, It’s Men Spike Lee’s She's Gotta Have It Diahann Carroll in Julia: A landmark role for black women in TV John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood and Baby Boy: Analyze for their representations of black women. How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy or any of your favorite shows: Analyze for their representations of women, particularly women of color.
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Photo: techtimes.com And, if all else fails, there are women’s centers across the country just like Stanford Women's Community Center that you can go to for support services and advice. It’s easy to begin understanding feminism — all you really have to do is start immersing yourself in it.
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What resources do you go to for feminist content? Share with us in the comments!  


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