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The Center for the Humanities Lecture
November 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
“Race, Gender, Rights, and the Politics of Black Ladyhood”
Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science,
Friday, November 12, 2021
Zoom – Register Here
In her Black feminist treatise, A Voice from the South (1892), Anna Julia Cooper cites herself and other “well-bred” Black women as firm evidence against the “supercilious caste spirit in America which cynically assumes ‘A Negro woman cannot be a lady.’” In her talk, Professor Lindsay will ask, what can feminists learn from Cooper’s contention that a subset of Black women can and should regard themselves as ladies? Part of the answer is that “lady” is neither an unattainable social marker for Blacks nor one that necessarily inculcates them into an oppressive model of femininity. The more complex reality is that Black women have long defined themselves as ladies in ways that reproduce patriarchal racism and legitimate their right to participate in the public sphere.
Following the talk, we’ll have ample time for Q&A.