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Moya Bailey is an African American feminist scholar, writer, and activist, notable for creating the term misogynoir, which describes the specific type of discrimination experienced by black women.[1][2] She works with the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network[3] and is the co-founder of Quirky Black Girls, a collective for black women who do not fit the cultural stereotype.[4]

Moya Bailey
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Bailey attended Spelman College for her undergraduate degree. She pursued graduate studies at Emory University in the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently a Dean's Post-Doctoral Fellow at Northeastern University.[5]


Bailey first used the term "misogynoir" in a 2010 essay entitled "They aren't talking about me...".[6] The term describes the specific type of discrimination experienced by black women:

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.[7]

Other workEdit

Bailey also does work on representations of race, gender, and sexuality in the media and medicine.[8]


  1. ^ "On Moya Bailey, Misogynoir, and why both are important". 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. ^ "About Us". Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.
  4. ^ lex. "Quirky Black Girls".
  5. ^ "Moya Bailey". College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University.
  6. ^ "They aren't talking about me…". The Crunk Feminist Collective. March 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "Moyazb".
  8. ^ "Moya Bailey".

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