Critical Media

In this section you will find information to provide context for the work we do at OSAPR.  Our commitment to anti-oppression encourages us to think broadly about the connections between the culture we live in and the violence many of us experience. We hope you'll take the time to explore some of our favorite resources!  Our office is always open for discussions and collaborative learning.  Stop in to our suite in the Smith Campus Center (731) to join the conversation.

The following resources are powerful examples of individual and collective activism.  Understanding all types of oppression and their connections is essential to building a social justice framework. These resources provide thought-provoking socio-political critique of the systems and ideologies that govern our bodies, spaces, and opportunities. They offer new ways of thinking about our world, and tools to challenge the old and oppressive. Explore, engage, and educate

Bernice Johnson Reagon is a Songtalker, “one who balances talk and song in the creation of a live performance conversation with those who gather within the sound of my voice,” speaking out against racism and other forms of systemic oppression.  A composer and performer, Reagon was a member of the SNCC Freedom Singers, a founding member of the Harambee Singers, and formed the African American women’s a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.  Reagon is Professor Emeritus of History at American University and Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her piece, “Coalition Politics: Turning the Century,” presented at the West Coast Women’s Music Festival 1981, speaks to the important concepts of Coalition vs. Home Space and the difficulty of maintaining one’s safety, peace of mind, and integrity while navigating contexts that pose a threat to those very things.  It is an important reminder of the need to find balance between advocacy and striving for a better world while also caring for one’s self and one’s well-being.

Black Girl Dangerous

Black Girl Dangerous is the brainchild of award-winning writer Mia McKenzie. What started out as a scream of anguish has evolved into a multi-faceted forum for expression. Black Girl Dangerous seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.

Caira Lee

In her TEDxSHHS talk “I search 4 it blinded: the power of self-love and self-esteem,” Caira Lee discusses how to she practices self-love and self-esteem. Lee uses Kendrick Lamar lyrics and a beautiful illustration of her own journey to speak about the power of absolute self-love. She demonstrates that your body, size, race, sexual orientation are assets that don’t need fixing. To her, these are characteristics that we should embrace.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In her TEDxEuston talk, renowned writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells us, "We should all be feminists."  Adichie addresses inequities as issues natural to feminism.  Her argument is simple, making feminism an accessible and obvious option.

Colorlines

Colorlines is a daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis. Colorlines is published by Race Forward, a national organization that advances racial justice through research, media and practice.

Feminist Wire

The mission of The Feminist Wire is to provide 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. Of particular interest are social and political phenomena that block, negate, or limit the satisfaction of goods or ends that humans, especially the most vulnerable, minimally require for living free of structural violence.

Feministing

Feministing is an online community run by and for young feminists. For over a decade, they have offered sharp, uncompromising feminist analysis of everything from pop culture to politics and inspiring young people to make real-world feminist change, online and off.

illdoctrine 

IllDoctrine is a video blog hosted by Jay Smooth, founder of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI's Underground Railroad.

Ladies Finger

"A women’s zine" that discusses pop culture, health, sex, fun, music, books, and cinema. They write what they want to read. 

No Country for Women 

No Country For Women is an internationally-recognized gender education initiative that aims to combat systemic gender-based discrimination in India through education, conversation, and action.  

Watch NCFW Co-Founder Shreena Thakore's talk at TedXLSRCollege "It matters WHY you think rape is wrong" as she deconstructs the complexities of rape culture in an Indian setting and elucidates how the reasons we condemn rape often strengthen the same power structures that lead to violence in the first place. The common arguments against rape are also the common contributing factors to female oppression, denial of female agency and sexual violence as a tool of punishment. 

 RH Reality Check

RH Reality Check is a daily publication and resource for evidence-based news, provocative commentary, in-depth analysis and interactive dialogue surrounding sexual and reproductive health and justice. RH Reality Check is guided by the issues and recommendations identified in the Program of Action agreed on at the International Conference on Population and Development at Cairo in 1994. Protection is their watchword — they are contributing to the global effort to empower people with the information, services and leadership they need to safeguard their sexual and reproductive health and rights against false attacks and misinformation.

Shakesville

Shakesville is a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between. 

SisterSong

The mission of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights.

 Soraya Chemaly

Soraya Chemaly is a media critic and activist working on issues related to freedom of speech and the role of gender and violence in politics, technology, media, and popular culture. She writes regularly for TIME, Salon, RoleReboot and The Huffington Post, and her work appears in The Guardian, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, The Atlantic and CNN. She regularly engages in social media campaigns with off-line objectives, usually related to media diversity initiatives and anti-violence advocacy in tech and media. To that end, Soraya created the Safety and Free Speech coalition, which works with leading tech companies to advocate for the reduction of violence against women and the expansion of women’s freedom of expression. She is also the Director of The Speech Project, a project of The Women's Media Center

Watch her TEDxBarcelonaWomen talk, "The Credibility Gap: How Sexism Shapes Human Knowledge", exploring how the global suppression of women's experiences, perspectives, and storytelling result in injustice and inequality.  

Women, Action, & The Media (WAM!)

Women, Action, & The Media is an independent, non-profit organization building a robust, effective, inclusive movement for gender justice in the media. We are also a strong, growing community of people engaged with media, learning and sharing capacity and skills needed to build a media ecosystem that represents the diversity of our lives and stories. Women have less opportunity to contribute to conversations, because they are less likely to own media, be asked for their opinion regardless of their qualifications, be published or be given the chance to tell their story.

The Women Media Center's Speech Project

The Speech Project is dedicated to raising public and media awareness about online harassment. The past several years have seen an increase in news, as well as a growing understanding that online harassment is a social, civil rights and workplace issue. However, many people, and institutions, think of harassment as “bullying,” instead of its much more complex and dynamic reality. While online abuse can and does happen to anyone, the focus of this project is on the ways in which women’s rights and expression are affected by intersectional harassment related to their gender, class, race, sexuality and more.  The goal of The Speech Project is to increase understanding of the nature, scope and costs of online misogyny and abuse in order to contribute to new frameworks that will ensure that free speech is a right that extends equally to all.