Twerking for Autonomy and Resistance

7 May

How amazing is this girl?

The politics of twerking are complicated. It had a long and important history before white people heard of and then appropriated (aka started mocking) it. Because here in the U.S. butts are a sex thing and so never mind what significance this practice had in your culture, here in ours it just supports the dangerous stereotype that black people are more sexual than white people.

I also love how she correlates erotic autonomy with land rights. The twin ideas of holding on to where you live in the world and where you live in your body as outside forces try to strip them from you. It’s actually really beautiful.

Also, I love “Ashley Reed: Feminist.” One day I want to introduce myself that way.

And lastly, Miley Cyrus is just so bad at twerking. Jeez.

Thanks to Sesali for keeping such a kick ass blog.

2 Responses to “Twerking for Autonomy and Resistance”

  1. Anna-Lee Craig May 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Everything about this video is on point. Bravo ladies, bravo.

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