Continuing into the New Year, with another legacy to fulfill in the feminist movement, the mystique of the 2015 Amber Rose Slutwalk continues to linger. A bold statement by a woman, who made her personal, part of the political. And in turn, voiced the secret revelation to women, that they were not alone.
Generations of feminist activists laid the foundation for a philosophy, which is “oh, so. . .natural.” The art-filled canvass of U.S. feminist (and womanist) herstory had been presented in last year’s décor of Paper Mag. A dynamic twinship of girl power, re-livings of 70’s and 1920’s/1930’s legend of glamour and silent films, the power of woman was also captured in other classic icons of women. who wanted to roar.
Feminine twins of darkness and light were captivated in Rose’s portrayal of Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pittman Hughes. That iconic photography of fists in the air, making a statement-a bold statement. The presence of the darker sister articulated that women’s rights is not only a “white woman’s” movement. An aura that was too often proclaimed in African-American (Black American) communities. This photo connects the complicated herstories, between Black and White women in the United States. Women all over the world can relate to how difference has been used to divide women. It is also a reflection of other -isms, outside of sexism.
In Egypt, the issue of racism and colorism (even religious persecution), in the Egyptian, mainstream, women’s movement has yet to be addressed. One of the intriguing aspects concerning the dichotomy of Black and White in woman is that they serve as complements for each other. Maintaining and securing a balance of essential, feminine elements. The beauty, elegance, and allure of this iconic photograph, is that it centers acceptance of difference as crucial in the task of capturing the entire painting of woman! For it cannot be commoditized, owned, or operated by one particular look of woman!
Examining this reality in Egypt, comes to no surprise that there are missing feminine images in Egypt’s mainstream, feminist movement. Take a wild guess, and allow the presence of Nubian women to wonder the mind! In the rhetoric of Sojourner Truth, “Aren’t They Women?” The words and stories of Egypt’s Darker Sisters has truly been missing in Egypt’s, female narrative.
With the visibility of Nubian woman activist, Fatma Emam, Egypt’s Darker Sister is starting to gain some recognition of publicity. But this movement of visibility continues. Nubian women have a strong and prolific herstory in ancient Kemet. One of leadership, diplomacy, intellect, and spiritual knowledge.
And as more Nubian women push for their image in the women’s movement, time’s essence and fruition is a future memory of seeing Nubian women in Egypt’s “museum of Woman.”