From blues women to b-girls: performing badass femininity

  title={From blues women to b-girls: performing badass femininity},
  author={Imani Kai Johnson},
  journal={Women \& Performance: a journal of feminist theory},
  pages={15 - 28}
  • I. Johnson
  • Published 2 January 2014
  • Art
  • Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory
This article introduces the concept of badass femininity, a marginalized femininity captured in the performances of contemporary b-girls (women breakdancers) and blues women of the 1920s. The author uses the work of Hortense Spillers, Maria Lugones, Chela Sandoval, and Angela Davis to argue that non-normative gender performances from the fringes of society are necessary consequence of histories of enslavement, genocide, and exploitation. Badass femininity is a one version of a multiplicity of… 

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