Tressie McMillan Cottom is an American writer, sociologist, and professor. She is currently an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
The modern feminist movement, with Gloria Steinem as its face, could be said was focused primarily on white women’s rights. Black feminist author and assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University Tressie McMillan Cottom, who was a finalist for a 2019 National Book Award, joined host Krys Boyd in October to talk about her exploration of black women’s space in culture, affluence, beauty and power. Her book is called “Thick: And Other Essays.”
The panel, from left to right: Santilla Chingaipe, Fatima Bhutto, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Jia Tolentino and Aminatou Sow — Photo: Hannah Koelmeyer What is feminism under capitalism? What is feminism without it? 'Art does become so very important – because it does help a community articulate a way of understanding the world that allows them to reimagine it, rather than reproducing it.' Tressie McMillan Cottom Not all of us can afford to lean in, because some of us aren’t even in the room. We’re rightly galvanised by the fact that there are more CEOs at ASX200 companies in Australia named Andrew than there are women – but when did feminism become about earning power? Doesn’t it have to be anti-capitalist? Market ideas about success and failure seem like a shaky foundation for liberation for the 99% of women, so what does an uncommodified resistance look like? In this conversation from Broadside 2019, hosted by Santilla Chingaipe, our panellists – Aminatou Sow, Fatima Bhutto, Jia Tolentino and Tressie McMillan Cottom – discuss she-EOs, 'ethical consumption', reimagining value and good ancestorship. Tressie McMillan Cottom, Jia Tolentino and Aminatou Sow on stage at Melbourne Town Hall — Photo: Hannah Koelmeyer
The modern feminist movement, with Gloria Steinem as its face, could be said was focused primarily on white women’s rights. Black feminist author and assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University Tressie McMillan Cottom, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about her exploration of black women’s space in culture, affluence, beauty and power. Her new book is called “Thick: And Other Essays.”
Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. Her new book, 'Lower Ed,' argues that for-profit colleges can exploit racial, gender and economic inequality.
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Episode Count
4
Podcast Count
3
Total Airtime
3 hours, 19 minutes