Signed Copies & Recommendations from Professor Moya Bailey
Folio Books is excited to offer signed copies of Professor Moya Bailey's newest book, Misogynoir Transformed. Professor Bailey has also provided recommendations for complementary titles to read alongside her book.
Moya Bailey is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Her work focuses on marginalized groups' use of digital media to promote social justice and she is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She is the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network and the Board President of Allied Media Projects, a Detroit-based movement media organization that supports an ever growing network of activists and organizers. She is a co-author of #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (MIT Press, 2020) and is the author of Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance (New York University Press, 2021). She is an MLK Visiting Scholar at MIT for the 2020–2021 academic year.
Where racism and sexism meet-an understanding of anti-Black misogyny
The Street by Ann Petry is (IMO) one of the best sociology texts ever written, cleverly disguised as a breathtaking novel. From the first page to the last, I’m amazed by the way Petry makes the material consequences of misogynoir manifest in the life of the fated heroine Lutie Johnson. Petry’s prose pulls the reader along an exceedingly rich and often foreboding path of the harsh realities for poor Black people in 1940s Harlem.
Kaba has been one of my many teachers on this thing called transformative justice. Her work with Shira Hassan, Fumbling Towards Repair, shaped the title of my book and how I think about transformative justice in the context of digital spaces.
Pedagogies of Crossing by M. Jacqui Alexander is one of my favorite academic texts of all time. Alexander effortlessly bridges spiritual and scholarly concerns in a book that also brought me one of favorite theoretical concepts: palimpsestic time. Alexander genre defying scholarship helped me to lean in a little more to create the language I needed and wanted.
This gender bending series by the MacArthur winning Afrofuturist asks us to think critically about the survival of humanity. Sometimes humans need alien intervention and transformation to thrive. Not to mention alien/human orgies to reproduce! This series also features one of my favorite genders, the ooloi of the oankali, who remind me that there are an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to gender.
Though she’s gone on to bigger things, Mock’s memoir is an important coming of age narrative for Black girls. Mock describes her youth through her personal discoveries around gender, sexuality, and the more ugly sides of life including childhood sexual abuse, transphobia and misogynoir. She’s an excellent writer and her story, while difficult at times, provides such an important record of Black girl survival.
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison never really got the fan fare it was due. The story of a deep dark skinned child born to colorist light skinned parents illustrates the lengths we go to experience even a little love. This narrative, like some of Morrison’s other work, shows just how corrosive misogynoir can be when turned inward.
This book asks us to reconsider science, especially who gets to produce it. By considering physics, arguably the most objective of sciences, Prescod-Weinstein asks us to consider how misogynoir among other forms of systemic oppression, keeps us from the types of science that might transform our world for the better.