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Audre Lorde wrote in A Burst of Light
, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." The concept of self-care was further explored by Lorde's contemporaries; Black feminists wrote about care as an activist practice, one that emphasizes the need to protect against and heal from a racist, sexist, homophobic, capitalist society. Black feminism explores the kinship between self-care and community care, and by extension, community accountability.
Today, self-care is often promoted as a project to manage individual stress in order to increase one's productivity. This reading group, facilitated by Marian Jones
and Natalie Adler
, explores the Black feminist roots of self-care and how the concept became co-opted and marketed. Engaging classic texts by Audre Lorde
and bell hooks
alongside contemporary writers like adrienne maree brown, Abeni Jones
, and Nick Mitchell
, the group will take a Black socialist feminist approach to explore the concepts of community care, work, activist burnout, and self-love, leaving participants with tools to engage in radical care.
This reading group will take place over Zoom. Syllabus here: https://tinyurl.com/BlackFeministSelfCare
is the former political education coordinator of the NYC-DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group. Marian has drafted syllabi on Black feminism, reproductive justice, and prison abolition. She is currently a member of the NYC DSA Steering Committee.
has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Brown University. Her interests include Marxist feminism, queer theory, and poetry. She is currently working on a novel.