Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Aretha’s “Respect” has been lifted up as an anthem for women, and later for Civil Rights, but specifically for us Black little girls who gleefully adapted her demand as our own, “Respect” has been a very personal anthem grounded in the intersection of race and gender. So when I was asked by Eve Ensler to write a vagina fact for a benefit performance of the “Vagina Monologues” at the Apollo, I went to Aretha as inspiration. This tribute to the centuries of Black women’s struggle for respect, for sexual autonomy, is a critical part of her legacy. Here, in her honor, is an excerpt.
— Kimberle Crenshaw
_Respect_ Delivered at V-Day at the Apollo by Kimberlé Crenshaw Black vaginas the hardest working vaginas in America, and still they get no respect. No vagina has done so much for this country and received so little..png