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Latoya Peterson: A Woman Making History

March 9, 2010

30 Women Making History
In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month, Women’s Media Center is profiling 30 extraordinary women making history.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support WMC Exclusives — every dollar raised will go directly toward hiring women writers to comment on major news stories and report topics often neglected by the mainstream media. Will you contribute $30?
Click here to donate: or text WOMEN to 50555 to make a $10 donation. Latoya Peterson: A Woman Making History by Tahira Pierre-Cadet Latoya Peterson is a woman after my own heart. A self-described media junkie and hip-hop feminist, Latoya is a down-to-earth sister – someone women and girls everywhere can relate to. I have only met Latoya in passing, at one of her Progressive Women’s Voices alumnae meetings, but I know her well from her blog entries on Jezebel,  a fun and fresh feminist review of pop culture, and on Racialicious, a collaborative weblog that discusses media coverage of multiracial communities. Latoya is truly the quintessential feminist of our age. Her blogs are purposely driven by her anti-racist perspective of politics, media, and pop culture. She is particularly recognized for her expertise of video games, anime, American comics, and manga – a field in which the female perspective is most often ignored. But with 20 years of gaming experience and a strong sense of self, Latoya’s voice is not easily silenced.  Her articles continue to appear in The American Prospect, Bitch Magazine, Clutch Magazine, the Women’s Review of Books, Slate’s Double X, and The Guardian, and her highly anticipated appearances at conferences like Women, Action and the Media and South By Southwest Interactive have become more and more frequent. I personally admire her fearlessness in allowing young women like myself to see a time in her life in which she was once silent. Her essay “The Not Rape Epidemic”, published in the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (Seal Press, 2008) is a poetic and sobering insight into the reality of many girls – a must read for all. I look forward to seeing much more of Latoya in the future and encourage up-and-coming young feminists who may not have been familiar with her before to become well-acquainted: Latoya Peterson is a woman making history.