“Ignorant White Girl”: One Man’s Attempt to Defend his Sexism

We’re pleased to feature this special guest post authored by Muhlenberg College (and Contemporary Racism) alum, Brittany Smith (’17). Brittany is at Columbia University pursuing an MPH focusing on health promotion and children’s health equity. A few weeks ago, I went dancing at a few bars with some college friends who were visiting. I also encountered one of the most fragile and aggressive examples of masculinity I’ve ever seen. (And, as a woman who dates men, I’m no stranger to fragile masculinity.) When analyzing the situation, I found myself thinking about intersectionality; coined by feminist legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, intersectionality … Read more

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My students have produced thought-provoking pieces for you to consider. Please join in the conversation! As a reminder, however, note that this is an academic blog and an educational space. Please read our About page, and follow these Guidelines when sharing your own comments: Direct your comments toward the ideas, not the author. Seek to educate/engage via your comments. Imagine you are face-to-face with a real person who wrote the post and want to continue the conversation. Remember the authors of these posts are learners. They are learning about racism and about how to talk about racism. Moderator reserves the … Read more

Drawing the Line

Published by an Anonymous Student This week, I learned that my hometown debuted a painted blue line in the middle of the road in front of our municipal building, which houses the library, government offices, police department, and other administrative offices. Multiple government officials posted about it on their official Facebook pages, including pictures like this one from our Committeeman. They presented their action as a tribute to fallen law enforcement officers. Under the Facebook post, there were tens of comments praising the efforts of law enforcement and the symbolic recognition of the sacrifice made by police officers and other … Read more