I'm Feminist Enough Video SeriesFor some feminism is a pejorative hurled at women deemed angry, aggressive, or anti-men, and to others feminism is mantra that speaks to a life of equality, choice, and collective work. But a new video series hopes that by sharing stories of young black and brown feminists they can break down some of the negative stereotypes associated with the word.

Created by Shannon Washington, “I’m Feminist Enough” features Lyani Powers, Hillary Crosley, Leilani Montes, Clover Hope and Shantrelle Lewis, and uses videos and still images to put a new face on the movement.

According to the “I’m Feminist Enough” tumblr, the project aims to redefine “feminism for women of color worldwide and inspiring a new generation of fiercely feminist girls. The women reflected in the “I’m Feminism Enough To…” project choose to exist at the cross-roads of culture, tradition and contemporary ideas. It’s the F-Word we can all get down with.”

Check out the first three volumes of “I’m Feminist Enough” and check out the website to find out how you can share your story.

Vol. 1

Vol. 2

Vol. 3

What are you feminist enough to do? 

  • arlette

    im a womanist not a feminist.

  • Erica

    What’s the difference?

  • arlette

    @erica, please read these two articles from the wonderful renee of womanist musings.

    http://www.womanist-musings.com/2012/01/calling-someone-feminist-is-not.html

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/apr/10/white-feminism-black-woman-womanism

    i personally feel that i cant seperate my race, gender and religion and to be honest my experiences with feminism has meant that i had to. i get that not everyone feels this way so please dont attack its just my opinion.

  • Tweed12

    Feminism caters to the needs of white women. When the whole feminist movement began, these women made sure that black women [and other minorities] weren’t involved in any government affairs [for the improvement of female conditions]. I’m not sure who created the term ‘womanist’ (Alice Walker?), but it is basically feminism for the black woman. Minority women not only have to deal with sexism, but racism from their own sex.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    Are they still chattin about this dead and irrelevent ideology?

    Strewth!

    Roll on Occupy – We Are The 99%

  • arlette

    @tweed12. totally agree. I don’t consider womanism to be a complete dismissal of feminism. I see it as an evolution of feminism. I believe that it honors my idenity better than Feminism™ does.

  • arlette

    i can’t ignore the racism, cissexism, classism, and heteronormatism that goes on within Feminism.

  • K

    I agree with Arlette. Why are we trying to force our way into an ideology that has never made room for us, one that puts our needs and concerns on hold? I cannot tell you how many times a white feminist has insisted that bringing up the concerns of WOC in feminist circles is divisive, stopping us from reaching our singular (white) goals. No, I am not a feminist.

    I claim no times to feminist history. While 1960s housewives were busy liberating themselves, our grandmothers and great grandmothers were back in the kitchen, raising their children. Previous feminists did not show any concern for our people then, just as they don’t now.

    I see no need to create a “feminism we can all get behind,” when history suggests that won’t work. We should be bolstering our own traditions, like womanism, ones that don’t treat us like second class citizens.

  • Bisous

    @arlette you made a great point I’ve always felt the same I just didn’t know there was a term for it. I’ve always thought my opinions or beliefs went futher than alot of feminist agendas. I will be checking out the site.

  • arlette

    oh my gosh thank you, could not have said it better.

  • QON

    @Tweed

    “Feminism caters to the needs of white women.”

    How ungrateful are you? Thanks to white women, black women can have disporportionate number of abortions. White women are the face of pro choice in America. So the sistas can hide behind white feminist who defend our rights to dispose of our black babies. Lets also not talk about white feminist and liberals who keep the government cheese crew well fed with their defense of social spending.

  • QON

    @K

    Right. White feminist are still defending abortions so black women can still have them. The white feminist are still defending social spending, black women are still lining up for section 8. White feminist are still defending the matriarchy and female headed homes and an ever increasing number of black homes are headed by females. How about you be thankful to the white feminist?

    The reason why you feel like your concerns arent addressed by white feminist is because black women bare the brunt of the God awful idea that is feminism. Oh well.

  • QON

    Do I have to be a feminist? I dont want to be.

  • arlette

    @QON

    Did i say anything about not being thankful, i don’t owe anyone anything i dont have to feel guilty for not identifying with that movement. What so white women are our some kind of saviours and without them we would not be anywhere. stfu. Aren’t you a white woman anyways?

  • QON

    @arlette

    On the contrary black women owe white women a lot. You practically owe them your livelihood.

    “What so white women are our some kind of saviours and without them we would not be anywhere.”

    I wouldnt say we wouldnt be anywhere but we most, the vast majority of the priviledges that black women enjoy today are thanks to white women.

    “Aren’t you a white woman anyways?”

    I was born a black female but accoding to a few here, I am a black man. My race and gender depend on the positions I hold. Standard fare for Clutchettes with weak arguments.

  • QON

    I hope this isnt a repost. My bad if it is.

    @arlette

    Well I wasnt talking to you but if hit dogs scream the loudest than so be it. Yes, black women do owe white women tons. Many of our educational opportunities, our professional opportunities, our reproductive freedom and in some cases, even a place for us and our children to live and our ability to eat.

    Now while I was born a black female, depending on my position on a particular topic, I can be a black woman, a black man, a white woman, or a white man. Right now, I think I am a white woman. On other topics here at Clutch, I am usually a black man.

  • lynette

    I’m so glad you said this….I couldn’t agree more yet more and more younger black women love to identify with feminism….I say God bless them…I’ve seen how this has torn our community apart in so many ways I can’t even name…I know this is a feminist website so I won’t bother to go into any details…do the research on feminism on your own..

  • http://thedaughterofafrika.blogspot.com/ African Mami

    I am feminist enough to understand that feminism is a fucked up ideology that I have a love and hate relationship with!

  • YeahRight2011

    LOL I’m pro-choice. Thank you white women.

  • LMO85

    Agreed.

  • YeahRight2011

    I still wonder if feminism is necessary in developed nations. In the US women aren’t regulated to the lowest rungs of society. We have divorce parties, family courts work our favor, we can dress in revealing clothes, demand sexual satisfaction outside of traditional marriage, I mean if you’re going to be a feminist the best thing you can do is go to nations where women are in fact marginalized, sometimes even to point of death. Or at least work with foreign affairs/state department to do more for these women abroad. In America where single, childless women are out earning single, childless men in the same jobs feminism might be past its shelf life. I thank feminists for what they’ve done, now can we focus on racism?

  • YeahRight2011

    @Q What livelihood? You know you want the question so you might as well elaborate.

  • http://nesheaholic.com LaNeshe

    I found the videos to be wonderful. Of course they can’t cater to everyone’s “isms” is one brush stroke, but I liked all three.

  • modern lady

    Feminism has destroyed the American family. Which was what it was created to do. I think historical male-female roles worked better for soceity. Things were a lot simpler before woman started to ‘learn’ they were being opressed.

    And Black women have to worry about the stereotypes of race more than being a woman. So feminism, to me-is a moot point.

  • Alexandra

    “Black women have to worry about the stereotypes of race more than being a woman”

    Of course there are few exceptions, but I agree with this. Black women are affected by sexism, however there are enough stories to show that most of the issues Black women face worldwide are because of their race/skin color.

  • YeahRight2011

    The American Family turned into a generic facade after the second world war. Consumerism, Sprawl, and technology pretty took care of that. Things weren’t simpler, people were just complacent.

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