The folks over at one of my favorite blogs Crunk Feminist Collective (CFC) have an interesting take on the ladies on VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta. Although the women on the show oft times dabble in some questionable behaviors, the CFC argues that some of the women depicted on the show just might be (ratchet) feminists after all.
In the article, “Ratchet Feminism,” one CFC writer notes:
Despite all the ratchetness that goes on on LHHATL, I actually find it refreshing on a couple of levels. The myriad friendships between women seem genuine, especially between Erica, Rasheeda and K-Michelle.
On last night’s episode, K-Michelle performed a one-woman show about her experiences with domestic violence. Although she’s been extremely open about her experience with producer Memphitz, he’s denied the abuse and one of her Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta costars questioned whether or not it actually happened, she’s never shied away from her claims.
While others have wondered if K-Michelle is trying to exploit the situation, it was refreshing to hear a young woman share her experience with domestic abuse. Far too often young women are being abused by their partners, but because they don’t fit the “sweet girl” stereotype their abuse is minimized, so it was wonderful to hear K-Michelle speaking her truth.
Although the ladies on the show seem to be making a few questionable relationship choices (ehem, Mimi, Joseline, and Erica), as the CFC pointed out, Erica provides an important motherhood alternative to the foolishness that is Scrappy’s mother, Mama Dee, and unlike the other women who are letting their relationships rule their careers, Karlie is quickly asserting herself as someone who won’t let anyone—not even the man she loves—to stop her from what she wants.
Last night Karlie confronted Benzino about his expectations about their relationship. Despite seeming to be supportive of her foray into rap music, Benzino seems to have had enough of his career-driven boo, remarking, “Relationships are a two-way street and her career is taking up both lanes.” Karlie wasn’t having it, however, letting him know that she wasn’t going to slow down anytime soon.
The women of Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta are certainly not perfect, but they do represent many of the everyday struggles of some of the men and women in our communities and what happens when they don’t get help for those issues.