Recently, I’ve been fielding questions about which blogs I read and recommend. This comes during Women’s History Month when I’ve been thinking about how to center the voices, intellectual contributions, and leadership of women of color. So, I’ve begun tracking where I spend my time online and compiling lists of my favorite blogs by feminists and womanists of color.
What I’ve created are some initial lists—and I say initial as there are many important blogs. I also include links to similar lists that others have compiled—to give starting points for podcasts, YouTube channels, and other media you might follow.
As a white woman committed to racial justice, I see Women’s History Month as a time to make explicit the commitment to racial justice as a commitment to all women.
Women’s History Month is a time to learn from the writing, art, and activism that feminists and womanists of color share in the world. It’s a time to get fired up with powerful critiques of “what is” and mobilizing visions for “what ought to be.” It’s a time to see beyond inherited (and typically normalized and uninterrogated) ways of understanding the world. It’s a time to explore white racial privilege/power and to imagine different ways of seeing, being, and doing.
I believe we all have a lot to learn from feminists and womanists of color. And I center feminism because it’s an ever-evolving movement to end oppression, including sexism, racism, and other –isms. Feminism is a movement for unlearning internalized oppression and supremacy. Feminism is movement that asks us to understand injustice and to enact more equitable and just worlds.
May you find a blog (or a few) to love from this list. And please share what you’re reading, exploring, or doing for Women’s History Month.
Blogs sharing news and commentary:
- Awesomely Luvvie—“all things pop culture, from TV to social media to travel to race and whatever else is in my little shadeful heart at the moment.”
- Black Girl Dangerous—“amplifying the voices of queer and trans people of color.”
- Crunk Feminist Collective—a rhetorical space for “hip hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight, in the academy and without.”
- For Harriet—“community for women of African ancestry” for “celebrating the fullness of Black womanhood” and aspiring to “educate, inspire, and entertain.”
- INCITE—“a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities.”
- Kinfolk Kolletive—“here for black people without qualifiers,” featuring writing that is “brutally honest, methodical and gripping with well-supported arguments.”
Blogs by feminist scholars of color:
- bell hooks Institute—“The bell hooks Institute documents the life and work of acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer bell hooks,” and it’s also where bell hooks posts new pieces.
- Feminist Killjoys—feminist scholar Sarah Ahmed’s research blog, connected to her new book, Living a Feminist Life.
Blogs related to vegan activism:
- Black Vegans Rock—“a platform devoted to spotlighting incredible Black vegans every day.”
- By Any Greens Necessary—“expert vegan tips” for a “health-loving revolution.”
- The Sistah Vegan Project—“a critical race feminist’s journey through the ‘post racial’ ethical foodscape…and beyond.”
Feminist blogs that regularly feature women of color:
- Feministing—“online community run by and for young feminists,” offering “sharp, uncompromising feminist analysis of everything from pop culture to politics.”
- Everyday Feminism—“intersectional feminism for your everyday life.”
- The Feminist Wire—“socio-political and cultural critique of anti-feminist, racist, and imperialist politics pervasive in all forms and spaces of private and public lives of individuals globally.”
Blogs addressing racial justice from a feminist lens:
- Decolonizing Yoga—highlighting “the voices of queer people, people of color, disability activists and more in relationship to yoga, spirituality and social justice.”
- Native Appropriations—“a forum for discussing representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes, cultural appropriation, news, activism, and more.”
- The Body Is Not an Apology—“radical self-love for everybody and every body.”
Lists of blogs and podcasts (more online spaces to explore):
- “9 Intersectional Feminist Podcasts to Fill in Your Commute” by Mashable.
- “9 Powerful Blogs By Latinas To Empower Women Everywhere” by Carolina Moreno of The Huffington Post Latino Voices.
- “10 Intersectional Feminist Podcasts You Need to Listen to Now” by Her Campus at the University of California, Davis.
- “Feminist Websites, Blogs, and Resources” by Stanford University’s Women’s Community Center.
- “Women of Color YouTubers to Watch” by Kim Katrin Milan of Feministing.