Patriarchy Doesn’t Work Without Women

And Black Women are Working Overtime

South LA: Church mothers, circa 1960

I learned about misogyny from my mother. I was seven years old at the time. One day after church, I overheard her and three of the other church mothers discussing my big sister, Temi, how she’d snuck out the other night to attend a high school party and gotten caught up in some “mess” by “mess” they meant sexual assault. Initially, I thought, nothing to hear…

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