1. Exquisite Tweets from @thebestsophist

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    So I’ve been thinking about @FLOTUS’s speech all day. And I am absolutely awed at the precision of every word choice and rhetorical shift.

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    One thing is that she *never* talks about women and girls as things to be protected and sheltered.

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    Unlike *all* of the rhetoric from GOP men. Who are playing by the rules of chivalry and putting women on useless pedestals.

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    Whenever she talks about women and girls, it’s “we see this and we know what it means, and we brace ourselves for what comes next.”

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    This speech was the op-ed a lot of us *wished* we saw getting published in the papers.

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    But then she flips that rhetoric when talking about men and boys. “This is what toxic masculinity does to men and boys.”

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    But instead of being about shielding them, she makes it about empowering them to be better and highlighting those who know right.

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    The entire speech is about agency. Recognizing it, practicing it, and empowering people to use what they have.

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    And as others have noted that she never says the 🚮🔥’s name. And it’s obvious it is deliberately.

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    Because we are in a space where #sayhername is so deeply important in recognizing legitimacy of black women’s humanity.

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    So refusing to say his is a directly denying the legitimacy of his power. Even as she is calls him out for *his* agency and choices.

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    This is a speech that is deeply steeped in the intellectual history of black feminism.

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    And there is more that I missed because I am not a part of that tradition. This speech is so deeply placed in experience *and* scholarship.

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    Not only that, I suspect it is also from someone who is much more closely tuned into contemporary activism than we think.

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    A lot of people talk about @POTUS as the scholar president, but I think @FLOTUS is the sort of public scholar that we need more of.

    fin.

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