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The Color Pynk: Janelle Monáe, Janet Mock, and Black Femme-inist Futures

The 11th Annual Two Icons Lecture hosted by the Frederick Douglass Institute and the Susan B. Anthony Institute exploring the intersections between race and gender. The 2019 Lecture will be presented by Dr. Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley.

About the talk:

"The Color Pynk: Janelle Monáe, Janet Mock, and Black Femme-inist Futures" analyzes recent black femme cultural production as a black feminist poetics of survival for the Trump era. A queer gender that self-consciously embodies and subverts cultural standards of femininity, black femme remains undertheorized in contemporary feminist, queer, and critical race discourses where black queer feminine thinkers have been dismissed, Janet Mock notes, as “less serious, colluding with patriarchy, merely using our bodies rather than our brains … pressured to transcend presentation in order to prove our woke-ability.”But in the crisis in U.S. feminism following Donald Trump’s 2016 defeat of Hillary Clinton, black femme intellectuals have insisted with increasing urgency that the particularity of our racialized (black), gendered (feminine), and sexual (queer) imaginations offers important vantage points from which to challenge heteropatriarchy.This talk engages black femme-inist imaginations in Janelle Monáe’s music video “PYNK” and Janet Mock's writing for the television series Pose as a creative re-scripting of feminist imaginations of solidarity.

Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Rush Rhees Library, Humanities Center Conference Room D
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

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Lectures and Talks


Faculty, General Public, Students, Alumni, Staff


diversity, humanities




Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
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