Using Barbara J. Love's four elements of developing a liberatory consciousness, this essay establishes ratchetness as liberatory for Black girls and femmes through exploring the writer's efforts to subvert Black respectability politics in organizing with Black students on a predominately white campus and in building digital communities for queer women of color. Ratchetness honors personal experiences and identities as knowledge. This essay explores how ratchetness enables Black girls and femmes to maneuver through oppression without collapsing into dejectedness by allowing for creativity in the ways we express ourselves, use social media, promote body positivity, and dismantle the gender binary.
Respect My Ratchet: The Liberatory Consciousness of Ratchetness
Montinique Denice McEachern is doctoral candidate in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Syracuse University. A therapist, creator, and queer Black troublemaker, she holds a masters in clinical mental health counseling and utilizes her education, writing, experiences, activism, and various spaces she occupies to center mental and emotional health practices in women of color communities. She aims to transform communities through collaboration and learning in a radically healing space. When she's not twerkin’ you can find her managing her Tumblr blog, Queer Women of Color (http://queerwoc.com/). Correspondence to: Montinique Denice McEachern, Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University, 601 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Montinique Denice McEachern; Respect My Ratchet: The Liberatory Consciousness of Ratchetness. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2017; 6 (3): 78–89. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.3.78
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