The Crunk Feminist collection / edited by Brittney C. Cooper, Susana M. Morris, and Robin M. Boylorn.

by Cooper, Brittney C., 1980- [editor.]Looking glass; Morris, Susana M., 1980- [editor.]; Boylorn, Robin M., 1978- [editor.].

Publisher: New York City : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2017.Description: xxi, 336 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781558619432.Subject(s): African American feminists -- United States | Feminism -- United StatesLooking glass
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For the Crunk Feminist Collective, their academic day jobs were lacking in conversations they actually wanted - relevant, real conversations about how race and gender politics intersect with pop culture and current events. To address this void, they started a blog. Now with an annual readership of nearly one million, their posts foster dialogue about activist methods, intersectionality, and sisterhood. In this collection of essays, these self-described as 'critical homegirls' tackle life stuck between loving hip hop and ratchet culture while hating patriarchy, misogyny and sexism.

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Publishers Weekly Review

The brilliant founders of the Crunk Feminist Collective bring together some of their website's most popular and thought-provoking essays on race, sisterhood, sex, and pop culture. As "hip-hop-generation feminists of color," the authors describe their politics as a "remix" incorporating the best of multiple movements, offering a truly diverse, intersectional series of viewpoints. They subvert paradigms-maligning stereotypes such as the "angry black woman" and the "side chick," while also supplying useful neologisms such as blackgirl and disrespectability politics. They take on black masculinity, "infighting" liberals, and misogyny in rap lyrics, and more personal subjects, including infertility, child abuse, and depression. Cooper's perspective as a born-again Christian is particularly nuanced, as she discusses the church's "harmful gender ideology," homophobia, and insularity. Cooper also penned a heartbreaking plea for justice after the death of Trayvon Martin and a brilliant defense of ratchet culture as the antithesis of the "pathology of... respectability." Another highlight contributor, writing under the pseudonym Crunkista, relates an infuriating incidence of racial profiling by mall security. Beyoncé is given ample space, as is Nicki Minaj and prolific showrunner Shonda Rhimes. These essays are extremely relevant, educational, and a genuine pleasure to wrestle with. The range of subject matter and myriad voices is representative of a new wave of vibrant and multifaceted feminism, at home in the academy and the beauty parlor. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Brittney Cooper is Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. Her forthcoming book Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition (University of Illinois Press) examines the long history of Black women's thought leadership in the US, with a view toward reinvigorating contemporary scholarly and popular conversations about Black feminism. In addition to a weekly column on race and gender politics at, her work and words have appeared at the New York Times , the Washington Post ,, TV Guide , the Los Angeles Times ,, The, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show , All In With Chris Hayes , Disrupt with Karen Finney , and Third Rail on Al-Jazeera America , among many others. She is also a co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a popular feminist blog. In 2013 and 2014, she was named to the's Root 100, an annual list of Top Black Influencers.

Susana M. Morris is co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and a contributing writer on the blog. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University and is currently Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her book, Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women's Literature , was published by the University of Virginia Press in February 2014.

Robin M. Boylorn is Assistant Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication at The University of Alabama. She received her Ph.D. from University of South Florida in 2009. She is the author of the award-winning monograph Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience (Peter Lang, 2013), and co-editor of Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life (Left Coast Press, 2014).