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Monday, December 2, 2019
4:30 PM


Centers for Gender/Race Studies, First Floor Seminar Room (103)



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Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality


Please note that this talk has been CANCELED. We hope to reschedule later in the year.


Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley
Professor of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
“The Color Pynk: Janelle Monáe, Janet Mock, and Black Femme-inist Futures”

This talk 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.

Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley is Professor of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Tinsley is the author of "Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism," "Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism between Women in Caribbean Literature" and "Ezili’s Mirrors: Imagining Black Queer Genders."

Co-sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop.