Moya Bailey

Moya Bailey is an African American feminist scholar, writer, and activist, notable for creating the term misogynoir, which describes a specific form of discrimination experienced by black women. Bailey is an assistant professor at Northeastern University.[1][2]

Moya Bailey
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NationalityAmerican
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CareerEdit

Bailey attended Spelman College for her undergraduate degree. She received her doctoral degree from Emory University in the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and the program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University.[3]

She works with the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network,[4] "an organization that supports and promotes the writer's legacy,"[5] and is the co-founder of Quirky Black Girls, a collective for black women who do not fit cultural stereotypes.[6] She also worked on the project #tooFEW. The hashtag "FEW" stands for "Feminists Engage Wikipedia". [7] The objective of this project was to have feminists engage Wikipedia pages, both adding and editing information regarding individuals, events and things regarding feminism (with a particular focus on Black feminism).[8] She received backlash and derogatory comments for taking part in this initiative.[9]

MisogynoirEdit

Bailey originally coined the term "misogynoir" in 2008, but first used the term in a 2010 essay entitled "They aren't talking about me ...".[10] It is a portmanteau of the word "misogyny" and the French word for "black".[5] The term describes the type of discrimination experienced by black women, specifically the "anti-black racist misogyny that black women experience":

I was looking for precise language to describe why Renisha McBride would be shot in the face, or why The Onion would think it's okay to talk about Quvenzhané the way they did, or the hypervisibilty of Black women on reality TV, the arrest of Shanesha Taylor, the incarceration of CeCe, Laverne and Lupita being left off the TIME list, the continued legal actions against Marissa Alexander, the twitter dragging of black women with hateful hashtags and supposedly funny Instagram images as well as how Black women are talked about in music.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "On Moya Bailey, Misogynoir, and why both are important" Archived 2018-08-27 at the Wayback Machine. The Visibility Project. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Tiffany, "Queer, Black Geeks, Unite! Moya Bailey Leads Women of Color Digital Skill-Sharing Collective, Shawty Got Skillz". QWOC Media (June 2012). Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "Moya Bailey". College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University.
  4. ^ "About Us". octaviabutlerlegacy.com. Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network. Archived from the original on 2018-03-26. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  5. ^ a b Thompson, Martine. "'Misogynoir' Coiner Moya Bailey Is Eating Pasta and Channeling Her Inner Black Auntie". Bon Appétit. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  6. ^ lex. "Quirky Black Girls". quirkyblackgirls.blogspot.ca.
  7. ^ "#tooFEW Feminists Engage Wikipedia 3/15 11-3 EST | Moya Bailey". 2013-12-06. Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  8. ^ "#tooFEW Feminists Engage Wikipedia 3/15 11-3 EST | Moya Bailey". 2013-12-06. Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  9. ^ "Patriarchy Proves the Point of #tooFEW | Moya Bailey". 2013-12-06. Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  10. ^ "They aren't talking about me ..." The Crunk Feminist Collective. March 14, 2010.
  11. ^ "Moyazb". tumblr.com.

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