Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Reagan Gomez

Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Reagan Gomez
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The face and name of our #WCW this week is likely familiar to you – especially you ‘80s and ‘90s babies – but her feminista politics is a reason to fall in love with the TV and film star all over again.

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The Parent 'Hood and Love Don't Cost a Thing actress Reagan Gomez is a vocal feminist, unapologetically calling out sexism, racism, classism and homophobia in mainstream U.S., while vigorously tackling anti-blackness in Latino communities, something the half-Puerto Rican, half-African American star, sadly, understands all too well.

In this Q&A, Gomez tells Latina how she’s using Twitter and YouTube to crush the patriarchy.

A lot of your activism centers on black feminism. Can you tell us what that means to you, and why it’s important for you to differentiate your feminism from the “mainstream?”

Black feminism is everything to me. As a young woman, I'd heard the word "feminist" before, but I never really considered myself one, even though I was already thinking and acting as a feminist. I never thought of myself as a feminist because I never saw someone who looked like me or shared my passions presented as one.

Now, raising a black daughter, I want her to be aware, or, as they say on Twitter, "woke." I want her to know where she comes from. I want her to have role models to look up to that look like her. I want her to know that she is enough, that she is beautiful and that she is worthy. I want my son to be a feminist, too.

Talking about feminist role models, who would you say are yours?

My first feminist role model, I guess you could say, was my mother. She was a Detroit police officer. And, as one of the few women and the only black Latina there – she’s Puerto Rican – she faced horrible sexual harassment. She ended up suing the police force and the city for sexual harassment, by herself, and won. At the time, she reached out to women's organizations and civil rights organizations, but no one helped her. She was forced to do it on her own because the organizations wanted her to choose an identity – gender, race or ethnicity – and, as Afro-Latinas, we can’t do that. She taught me that.

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