Articles by Brigitte Fielder


White Womanhood Revised

Whatever else we might say about it, let’s not forget this: Rachel Dolezal’s story is a decidedly American one. Here, I refer not only to story of Dolezal’s racial passing, but also to how Dolezal’s story triggers and reveals America’s racial fascinations. Whatever Dolezal’s motives or ethics, our scrutiny of Dolezal’s race echoes a long history…


Making Sense of the Whiteness Project

The most noticeable thing about the recently launched Whiteness Project is that public responses to it have been so varied. The website gives an initial description of “a multiplatform investigation into how Americans who identify as “white” experience their ethnicity.” The project’s director and producer, Whitney Dow, orients the project around ideas that fall within…


Top Seven African American Ladies Who Could Have Used Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate.

Sarah Mesle’s piece “Top Seven Ladies Who Could Have Used Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate” has me thinking about the importance of birth control, and the absurdity that its importance to the quality of women’s (and men’s) lives isn’t more universally acknowledged. As Sarah, herself, has noted, her list included only white women.  And the stakes…