that sucks, i had started this blog but didn't think i published it.
how embarrassing. well, now it's finished.
when does it become necessary to draw what lines? to define hip-hop feminism? to declare a set of laws under which you can position yourself a hip-hop feminist?
i don't believe that there is a reason to draw lines in terms of hip-hop feminism. within an organization or a political platform it is helpful to have a definition of such, but i don't believe that you must adhere strictly to the guidelines or beliefs of any definition in order to support/identify with it.
as the name suggests an identification with hip-hop is essential to make a claim from a hip-hop feminist standpoint, but i am not sure that denying any well meaning individual knowledge or insight into a lifestyle or an experience does anyone any good.
we were talking in class on tuesday about the impact of black feminist theory on hip-hop feminist activism, and i think that within the hip-hop movement that there are enough strong voices of women of color that there is room for activism on the part of others. i don't even necessarily think that hip-hop feminists even need to go so far as to refuse to listen to the crap that a lot of popular rap is spewing today, so many people have said in class that they don't agree with the lyrics but that they listen to it anyway because it is catchy and it is available. but i do think that a critical eye, or ear, is necessary in that case.
i guess that it boils down to the fact that i am not in a position to define hip-hop feminism, and that i have a hard time telling anyone what they can or cannot call themselves.