A Twitter conversation started by @HoodFeminism on “black women, sexuality and promiscuity versus respectability” struck a nerve with women around the country yesterday and continues online today. Mikki Kendall (@Karynthia) and Jamie Nesbitt Golden’s (@thewayoftheid) discussion (based on this piece) got #FastTailedGirls trending and quickly became both something of a feminist rally and an emotional outlet for some women as they shared their own moving stories. Relive the conversation through some of the top tweets below.
When I talk about being #FastTailedGirls I’m talking about the way young black bodies are treated inside & outside the community.— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) November 30, 2013
If you’re not reading the hashtag #FastTailedGirls, you’re missing out on the criminal way society sexualizes girls of color.— Jess Banks (@ProfBanks) November 30, 2013
boys are encouraged to seek out girls from birth, at any cost& use& abuse the #fasttailedgirls. girls are told wait til marriage.— dulce de leche (@bad_dominicana) November 30, 2013
Some 40-60% of black girls are sexually abused before 18. Many don’t report it because they know they’ll be called #FastTailedGirls— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) November 30, 2013
#fasttailedgirls The strong Black woman impervious to pain, hypersexual & is hopeless if she has no man stereotype affects our girls— Adrienne Gravish (@AquafarE) November 30, 2013