Through film screening/talkback, this session addresses the phrase “Pink Transgressions”, as any oppression of one woman over another, with a particular focus on domestics, examining the impact of race/class/ gender and transnationalism using a Black feminist perspective. The session includes a screening of the film “Black Girl” by Sembene (1966). The main character in the film, Diouana, is a young Senegalese woman who was duped into leaving her country to take a job working as a nanny to a French couple’s three rambunctious young children. Upon her arrival to France, Diouana is enslaved. She is caged in the apartment in Antibes in the South of France; her only freedom is furtive glances of the distant shores of the Mediterranean; her next area of seeming freedom was in the courtyard and only when she is attending to Madame’s children. Sembene’s (1966) film is short in length but deep in meaning; it is a lesson in intersectionalities of place and serves as an extraction of domestic labor and its gender and class-based oppressions.
Lucienne Nicholson is a student in the women and gender studies program at The College at Brockport. Her areas of scholarly interests include intra-feminine oppression based on race, class, and gender. Ms. Nicholson is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and through her studies, she seeks to make sure every woman has a political voice.
Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, is director and a faculty member for the women and gender studies program at The College at Brockport. Dr. LeSavoy teaches feminist theory, sex and culture, gender race and class, and senior seminar in women and gender. Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity/success, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. Dr. LeSavoy is the recipient of 2012-13 Academic Advising Award, the 2012-13 Outstanding Service to Students Award, and most recently, the 2013-14 Diversity Engagement Award.