Moya Bailey On Misogynoir

Moya Bailey first coined the term misogynoir in her dissertation as a way of thinking about the intersection of sexism and racism, and especially how anti-Black misogyny functions in visual culture and digital spaces. She never expected the term to go viral, but now misogynoir has its own Wikipedia page and is making its way into mainstream pop culture.

For today’s show, Wednesday host Ali Muldrow spends the hour with Dr. Moya Bailey discussing misogynoir and insights from her latest book, Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance.

Topics covered include inequities in medical care for Black women, intersectionality and solidarity, gendered violence and the reduced lifespan of Black trans women, and how misogynoir has affected popular figures like Janet Mock, Kamala Harris, Meghan Markle, and most recently tennis player Naomi Osaka.

Moya Bailey is assistant professor of Africana studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on critical race, feminist, and disability studies. She is co-author of #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (MIT Press, 2020) and author of Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance (NYU Press, 2021).

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