Moya Bailey

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Crip Camp: #HashtagActivism

Still from Crip Camp recording of me in one box above an interpreter and my slide about Disability #HashtagActivism is centered.
Still from Crip Camp recording of me in one box above an interpreter and my slide about Disability #HashtagActivism is centered.

I was so fortunate to have been invited to participate in Crip Camp by the late Stacey Park Milbern. It was really important to me that my contribution pushed a conversation about disability and Blackness and I think I achieved that. I also got to meet and fan-girl over Alice Wong and her incredible book and collection, Disability Visibility. Here’s the recording in case you missed it!

Crip Camp: #HashtagActivism Transcript here.

#OctaviaTried to Tell Us Webinar

Video of the #OctaviaTried to Tell Us Panel

I had the pleasure of speaking with Monica A. Coleman and Tananarive Due on the 6th episode of their Octavia Tried To Tell Us podcast Saturday. I was a guest to the show alongside one of my favorite Black feminist thinkers, Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin.

We talked Parables, music, and masculinity. Take a listen and support the show!

MLK Visiting Professor at MIT

mage of me with a blue background smiling at the camera with my answers to three questions on the right.
Image of me with a blue background smiling at the camera with my answers to three questions on the right.

I am so excited to finally announce that I will be spending the year at MIT as an Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar in the program of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Check out my intro to the community with my answers to three timely questions.

1. What are you looking forward to at MIT? I’m excited to be connected to feminists who are actively exploring the sciences. My course, “Black Feminist Health Science Studies,” [WGS.S10, offered Spring 2021] is really designed to make some critical connections between feminism, science, technology, and society. I really can’t think of a better group of students with which to explore these topics.

2. Your new book #HashtagActivism came out at a poignant time with Covid-19 keeping us home more. What are the crucial hashtags you are looking out for in the “new civil rights movement?” Unfortunately, I think we will continue to see hashtags that point to the public health crisis that is racism in the form of the names of extrajudicially killed Black people. I am excited about the hashtags that help expand our advocacy to behavior changes like #StayTheFuckHome and #MasksSaveLives.

3. Favorite song? If the class had a theme song it would be “Brujas” by Princess Nokia.

Interview with MIT WGS

Creator of term ‘misogynoir’ sees power in #HashtagActivism

Picture of me with blue background and red scarf smiling just off from camera.

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A U.S. academic who coined the term “misogynoir” for discrimination against black women said hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter are helping activists to use social media to mobilise and demand justice.

Moya Bailey, co-author of a new book #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice, coined “misogynoir” in 2008 after noticing that black women were often depicted as sex workers or unintelligent in the media or jokes.

Ellen Wulfhorst for Reuters

MIT Press #HashtagActivism Talk

Join authors Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles to look at how marginalized groups use Twitter to advance counter-narratives, preempt political spin, and build diverse networks of dissent. Learn more about the book:

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!

Two in-person events were transformed into Zoom panels and they were wonderful! We also got to do one talk, our first book talk for #HashtagActivism.

The first was with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. I talked about Caster Semenya and the undue burden placed on Black women athletes when it comes to gender, sex, and sexuality.

Human beings have long called on science to define concepts of sex and gender and used them to characterize, classify, and divide. On Friday, March 13, the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a Women’s History Month event on Science, Sex, and Gender. Moderated by Harper Jean Tobin (National Center for Transgender Equality), a panel of experts explored the role of science in evolving and expanding notions of sex and gender in a discussion that centered the lived experiences of transgender and intersex women.


– Harper Jean Tobin, National Center for Transgender Equality (Moderator)

– Moya Bailey, Northeastern University

– Katie Dalke, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

– Tori Cooper, Human Rights Campaign

– Katrina Karkazis, Brooklyn College/Yale University

Science Sex and Gender: Women's History Month 2020 from The National Academies on Vimeo.

The second panel was part of the launch of the Center on Digital Culture and Society. I talked about the need for creating a digital culture that honors pace and the humans hidden in the digital supply chain.

Center on Digital Culture and Society Digital Launch Symposium



Moderator: Sarah J. Jackson, University of Pennsylvania

Moya Bailey, Northeastern University

Kishonna Gray, University of Illinois at Chicago

Carrie A. Rentschler, McGill University

CDCS Digital Launch Symposium: Technology, Race, and Gender Panel from CDCS on Vimeo.

A radical reckoning: a Black woman’s racial revenge in Black Mirror’s “Black Museum”

So geeked for this piece to have found a home at Feminist Media Studies! Special thanks to Erica Edwards for the invitation to Rutgers that really set this piece in motion!

An excerpt below…

Image of Letitia Wright as Nish in the Black Mirror Episode “Black Museum.”

“Black Museum,” the final installment of season four of the original series Black Mirror, incorporates many of the episodes that have come before it, creating an apotheosis episode that critiques the technophilia of the series. A Black woman administers justice and brings forth a rare, onscreen vision of a white man being held accountable for his racist violence. Told in three parts, with sci-fi elements that are reminiscent of the work of afrofuturist visionary Octavia Butler and borrow directly from famed illusionist Penn Jillette, “Black Museum” offers a welcome departure from the standard Hollywood tropes of magical negroes, white saviors, and Black victimhood. This British production and cast make the redress narrative possible, building on another yet unsubverted trope of Black British actors portraying Black Americans. It inspires viewers to consider the role of the museum, an institution that has long served as a compendium of technology and racialized gendered violence.

#HashtagActivism is out…everywhere!

Brooke Foucault Welles and Sarah J. Jackson look on as I talk into the mic at our book tour launch at the Strand Bookstore in New York City.
Brooke Foucault Welles and Sarah J. Jackson look on as I talk into the mic at our book tour launch at the Strand Bookstore in New York City. Photo by @MLMillerPhD

I really can’t express my delight in my first (co-authored) book, #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice, being out in the world! My amazing co-authors Sarah J. Jackson and Brooke Foucault Welles and I had a wonderful crowd at The Strand Bookstore in New York City, the first stop on our book tour. Folks asked us great questions and my cousin Jonathan came!

We have been very lucky to have excerpts appear in our favorite feminist publications including Ms. Magazine and Bitch Media. We also made it on the Ms. March 2020 Reads for the Rest of Us as well as Autostraddle’s Also Also Also. Our chapter on allyship and the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite was featured on Engadget. I got to speak with Gracie Staples at the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the book who interviewed me 16+ years earlier about my involvement in the Nelly Protest. I wonder what our actions could have sparked if we had had hashtags to support our organizing?!

The book is just $20 so do take a look to learn more about how folks are using hashtag activism to change the world! Also, come see us in a city near you!

Misogynoir in the Media

Misogynoir is popping up in the media and I am going to do a better keeping track. Here are two places I and the word have shown up. features “misogynoir” as a word made by a woman for Women’s History Month.

Spring Talks

Dr, Moya Bailey Northeastern University 

February 5th, 2020 @ 5:30PM
"Misogynoir in Medicine"
The University of Kansas
The Hall Center for the Humanities, Conference Hall

March 3rd, 2020 @ 3:30PM
"Debility and Disability in Digital Activism"
Fitchburg State University
Randall Science Lecture Hall

April 20th-30th, 2020
"Humans in the Digital Supply Chain"
University of Illinois, Chicago

Conference: Resources and Visibility in Digital Humanities at UIC
April 2nd, 2020 @ 5:00PM

Tuesday March 3rd @ 7:30PM
New York, New York

Thursday, April 9th @ 7:00PM
Harvard Book Store
Cambridge, MA

Friday, April 24th @ 7:30PM
Charis Books
Decatur, GA
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