“HH4L is something I believe in. We have the potential — and are building the momentum to — impact the culture at large. Not just Hip Hop culture. I’ve seen myself transformed through this work. I know and believe to my core that we can reach folks with what we do.”
Squeee! Here I am; my guest blogging stint on Feministe begins. I feel incredibly humbled to have been invited into your vibrant community. The past three months have seen me preparing for your energetic discourse; I have been reading your posts and comments with fervor, keeping a dictionary and internet close by. To be frank, ya’ll intimidate the fuck out of me. Consider yourselves serious educators in modern gender politics. (I know you know that, “in defense of the sanctimonious women studies set” and all; for what it’s worth, allow me to validate that idea.) I am looking forward to this experience not only as an opportunity to write, but to learn. Please do not hesitate to school me in all things animal, vegetable, and mineral.
Five years ago, I had no idea what a doula was. (Doula what? Doula who?) Then I saw the Ricki Lake documentary “The Business of Being Born” and was forever changed. I cried through most of it thinking about my cousin’s pregnancy and hospital childbirth via caesarian, and decided I wanted to learn more about doulas and even be one someday.