“The term Hispanic, coined by technomarketing experts and by the designers of political campaigns, homogenizes our cultural diversity (Chicanos, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans become indistinguishable), avoids our indigenous cultural heritage, and links us directly with Spain. Worse yet, it possesses connotations of upward mobility and political obedience.”—
“These days, before we talk about misogyny, women are increasingly being asked to modify our language so we don’t hurt men’s feelings. Don’t say, “Men oppress women” – that’s sexism, as bad as any sexism women ever have to handle, possibly worse. Instead, say, “Some men oppress women.” Whatever you do, don’t generalise. That’s something men do. Not all men – just some men.
This type of semantic squabbling is a very effective way of getting women to shut up. After all, most of us grew up learning that being a good girl was all about putting other people’s feelings ahead of our own. We aren’t supposed to say what we think if there’s a chance it might upset somebody else or, worse, make them angry. So we stifle our speech with apologies, caveats and soothing sounds. We reassure our friends and loved ones that “you’re not one of those men who hate women”.
What we don’t say is: of course not all men hate women. But culture hates women, so men who grow up in a sexist culture have a tendency to do and say sexist things, often without meaning to. We aren’t judging you for who you are but that doesn’t mean we’re not asking you to change your behaviour. What you feel about women in your heart is of less immediate importance than how you treat them on a daily basis.
I don’t trust anyone who supports vaginas as a symbol of feminism or feminist solidarity
Yep, side-eye and speaking back to that bullshit! How many damn times do I have to say to essentialist, transphobic, conservative “feminists”: my “vagina” is NOT what makes me a woman. (Half the time, these folks so essentialist, they don’t know the difference between a vulva and a vagina, by the way.) For goodness sakes, we learn this in women/gender studies 101. And I’ll teach it to you, too, if you take my class. 'Woman' is socially-constructed. Educate yourselves.
And by the way—no, you are NOT radical. You are conservative, actually. All of you biological essentialists who claim a “radical” feminism that is transphobic—you are FAR from radical. That is conservative rhetoric if I’ve ever heard it. And I need NO conservatism in my feminism. Do not dilute it with that conservative hateful nonsense; do not co-opt true radical progressive movement.
Better be anti-racist, intersectional, anti-transphobic feminism or not at all!
the way I see it, “black pride” (or any sort of “minority” pride movement) means “I am proud of who I am DESPITE those who have told me and my people that whiteness is superior” while “white pride” means “I am proud of who I am BECAUSE whiteness is superior” and that’s why it’s ok to say one but not the other
I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatizing thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would make a woman do that. I could not understand its lack of humanity; today is no different.
Reproductive justice is a fight for all of us, and for queer, trans and ciswomen and those who love us, as we fight for *sexual freedom and liberation, and bodily autonomy.* This is a battle that women of color, queer and straight alike, have fought now for too, too long. And sometimes, it’s nice to have conscious partners in that struggle, speaking across identity boundaries and axes of privilege.
In theatres now in LA and New York, coming to Chicago and other cities soon. In WIDE RELEASE on July 26. SEE THIS MOVIE.
Fruitvale Station: The Story of Oscar Grant — In Select Theaters July 12th. Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, as the day goes on, he realizes that changes is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day.
When a Dollar’s Too Much to Spare by Brando Chemtrails
"I woke up this morning in Richmond, in a part of town called “food desert” by people that do not live there. This doesn’t mean there’s no food there, it means there is no food those people would want to buy. Truth is there’s more edibles on sale per square block here than in a mile of most neighborhoods built on liberal guilt built on what used to be neighborhoods like these, and sold by the small family owned businesses they nondenominationally pray for every night. True, the shelves might not look like the ingredients to a long and healthy life, but if I was given the money to buy all I wanted from the co-op, I’d buy most of the same food I buy in stores like these, and the only difference would be the receipt, not the nutrition facts. I have a rule when it comes to buying anything. Don’t call it morals, I’m not looking for friends when I’m paying the ransom for the things that I need, call it loyalty. I won’t buy shit from any store that’s ever had anyone I know arrested. Since food is pretty much the only thing I spend money on and it’s available most places, this rule doesn’t change much for me. When one place gets crossed off my list there’s always another store not far from there that hasn’t had a chance yet to prove itself the same as all the others yet, and I buy canned beans there until I’ve been proven wrong. Anyways. On the door of one cornershop, they got a hoodie in a circle with a line through it, orders to take your hats off coming in or they’ll call 911, a dumpster with ALL CAPS demands not to pee there because we’re watching you. At the Dollar General, they got so many hanging cameras on the ceiling that the shadows look like black circle tiles on the floor. Every time I’ve gone to the North Avenue Deli and Market after sundown, the same cop stands between the registers and the people in line and watches the procession of best behavior, of the respect that comes from a hand resting on a holstered gun and the costume that makes it all OK. At the Family Dollar, they don’t play songs on the radio, they play warnings on a thirty second loop about how you’re being monitored from some office in Charlotte right now for your own safety, so don’t try to pull anything the next time you’re in here and hungry and a dollar’s too much to spare. I am angry, but it’s not the kind of story made for those whose business is outrage from the safety of their keyboard or sofa, no brave main street mom and pops trying to say “no” to a Wal Mart in town, and it’s not lone assholes speaking their mind too honestly, never expecting the world to watch and make them suffer till they say sorry like they mean it. No, this is the nature of holding the title to dinner in a place where a dollar can be too much to spare, and free help is always a phone call away. If I knew more people, I’d never buy a thing.”
From a gender studies scholar to Student Affairs Professionals: on the IU Strike
The note that follows is a response to a very thoughtful post by an IU student affairs graduate student regarding her quest to understand folks engaged in IU on Strike (which can be found here). This post got me thinking about the role of professionals in higher ed in joining with strikers in various ways, especially since I have beloved and valued friends and colleagues among the ranks of college student services staff, which then prompted me to respond to her post. And I thought I’d share that response, below, to maybe connect with more student affairs folks:
I appreciate your comments and your attention to democratic political action—It is so important to consider that this action itself is an education, the type of education that can only make our democracy, and our “imagined community” at IU, stronger. As a fellow graduate student in a very different field than yours, one that was born from the very type of activism you are seeing here with IU on Strike, I absolutely see the fundamental efficacy of this work, this particular type of collective political action. In fact, my field of study would not exist without the fact that students demanded it. And, since you mentioned the BGSU Women’s Center as a place where you did activism—I wonder, what do students do about a university like ours, IU, which has *no* Women’s Center? …To me, the issues that folks are striking for is inherent in that very problematic itself. Working within the system can be very effective—and that is a great thing to do, but we also must have the infrastructure available to us to do that work. So when the strikers demand that the university commit to issues of diversity, must they also brainstorm the *means*? That, I would assert, is where student affairs professionals can join in conversations with students/strikers to figure out how to make demands “happen” and manifest, however that may look. For me, that would look like: funding a Women’s & Gender Resource Center, creating a Black Cultural Center, and empowering our current cultural centers to actually do great programming. Also, starting a tenure-faculty diversity initiative to hire diverse faculty in mentorship “clusters,” and also showing commitment to diversity by putting real resources into marginalized programs on campus, such as Latino studies. There are so many ways that Admin/Student Affairs could “see the ideas” behind the tactics and demands and make those ideas into reality.
P.S. These thoughts are MY OWN & are not endorsed by strikers, etc.
Excellent post. And yes, not only do administrators line their own pockets but they do it over the bodies of students. Student athletes, for instance, make no money$ and must labor for the university to literally “work off” their education, generating lots of money (and prestige) for the university, and yet Coaches and AD’s make hundreds of thousands, and even millions, of dollars.
A strike will be taking place on Indiana University campus on April 11-12th. This is a wonderful example of democracy in action and a well-organized mass student movement to claim education for the people.
The IU administration is scrambling to respond to the strike organizing spreading across campus. The day after the Board of Trustees cancelled the second half of its meetings, apparently in response to the strike (see the Herald-Times, 4/3/13), the administration sent out a new fear-mongering…
"Meet Frida Kahlo": Video from the High Museum of Art Atlanta ‘Frida y Diego’ exhibit // Oh how I love Frida and I am so excited for the opportunity to finally see her work in person on exhibit. (At High Museum until May 12, 2013)
Rosa Parks’ legacy is more than the Bus. This is not to say that what Rosa Parks did that fateful day on a bus is not important because it ABSOLUTELY is. The question is why all of her activism before and after that day—specifically around violence against women of color—has gone so largely unrecognized. Furthermore, (even though woc are seen to defy “acceptable” gender roles so often) the very ways Parks is described, as a “quiet, demure woman” who sat, fits nicely with society’s stereotypes of proper femininity. This story of Rosa Parks, told here, does not.
I am tired of seeing how women of color must choose between all aspects of our identities—race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality—to be heard. To be understood. Tired that our politics, social justice commitments, and lives will be constrained by what the hegemonic order will understand.
Understanding Rosa Parks through the intersectional lens that would reveal how she experienced systems of oppression of gender, race, class, is “too complex” for the masculinist paradigms through which our bodies are read and interpolated.
This is a one-page resource to assist transgender people in preparing for restrictive new voter ID laws. AND it also features a piece to educate poll workers about the voting rights of transgender people.
Put this in your pocket & take it with you to the polls, folks!