The folks over at one of my favorite blogs Crunk Feminist Collective (CFC) have an interesting take on the ladies on VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta. Although the women on the show oft times dabble in some questionable behaviors, the CFC argues that some of the women depicted on the show just might be (ratchet) feminists after all.

In the article, “Ratchet Feminism,” one CFC writer notes:

Despite all the ratchetness that goes on on LHHATL, I actually find it refreshing on a couple of levels. The myriad friendships between women seem genuine, especially between Erica, Rasheeda and K-Michelle.

On last night’s episode, K-Michelle performed a one-woman show about her experiences with domestic violence. Although she’s been extremely open about her experience with producer Memphitz, he’s denied the abuse and one of her Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta costars questioned whether or not it actually happened, she’s never shied away from her claims.

While others have wondered if K-Michelle is trying to exploit the situation, it was refreshing to hear a young woman share her experience with domestic abuse. Far too often young women are being abused by their partners, but because they don’t fit the “sweet girl” stereotype their abuse is minimized, so it was wonderful to hear K-Michelle speaking her truth.

Although the ladies on the show seem to be making a few questionable relationship choices (ehem, Mimi, Joseline, and Erica), as the CFC pointed out, Erica provides an important motherhood alternative to the foolishness that is Scrappy’s mother, Mama Dee, and unlike the other women who are letting their relationships rule their careers, Karlie is quickly asserting herself as someone who won’t let anyone—not even the man she loves—to stop her from what she wants.

Last night Karlie confronted Benzino about his expectations about their relationship. Despite seeming to be supportive of her foray into rap music, Benzino seems to have had enough of his career-driven boo, remarking, “Relationships are a two-way street and her career is taking up both lanes.” Karlie wasn’t having it, however, letting him know that she wasn’t going to slow down anytime soon.

The women of Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta are certainly not perfect,  but they do represent many of the everyday struggles of some of the men and women in our communities and what happens when they don’t get help for those issues.

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  • Patience

    ‘Ratchet Feminists’? Come on, now. Seriously?

    • yeeeahhhh… Idk about them being femenists… Idk smh

  • Are the ladies of ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Ratchet Feminists? Erm no.

  • d_nicegirl

    Whomever wrote that should consider going into law or maybe a political advisor role. That was some major spin. Ratchet feminists? GTFOH.

  • 2cents

    “they do represent many of the everyday struggles of some of the men and women in our communities and what happens when they don’t get help for those issues”

    This is the only part of the article I can vibe with. People criticize the women’s choices but I know plenty of women who are sharing the same man, putting themselves at risk for STDS and unwanted pregnancies, getting tummy tucks and implants to make themselves look better (more power to them), and waiting for a man to “step up” when he has repeatedly shown that he can’t or won’t love anyone other than himself. Unfortunately these characters exist in real life on more modest levels. They have existed way before the show so we can’t blame Miss Mona or VH1 entirely.

  • keke

    seriously??? I do read CFC on occasion and I can vibe with some of their articles. i have not read this one yet so I won’t get into a detailed comment or opinion just yet but “ratchet” feminists? Have any of the women self identified as feminists? hell do they self identify as ratchet?, Lol

    Was this written before or after rasheeda told k-michelle that maybe she wasn’t abused?

    also, i won’t lie I do watch the show and yes i am an “educated upwardly mobile black woman”. there are some laugh out loud moments, there are some embarrassing moments, there are some shake your your damn head moments. and I do see some of these women in every day life. hell I have been a woman in a dead end relationship…so i know the games that men play and I know what it is like to be in love and be in denial.

    But honestly, I’m not gonna pretend that these people aren’t trying to get paid and get a check by looking like damn fools on tv. if you like the show, you like the show. but I’m not gonna label them as feminist or ratchet feminist to justify my willingness to sit down and watch this train wreck.