Tuesday, April 1, 2008

We B(e)lo(ng): Womyn of Color and Online Feminism

Along with some other fantastic womyn, I presented at a conference this weekend. The title of our session was "We B(e)lo(n)g: Womyn of Color and Online Feminism.

An inspiring session filled with wishes envisioning a new world, a just world; there wasn't much else to do but make a quick flick paying tribute to the energy that swept the room.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Episode 1: Say It Ain't So Feminism

A glimpse into comments on some of the most progressive US feminist sites and blogs on the internet.

Quotes from Say It Ain't So Feminism

Here are the quotes used in Say It Ain't So Feminism, in order of performance.
Aren't they just gems?

Of course I saw his race. I deliberately married him, too, as a political statement.

If transgender advocates don’t think their lives are enough to support their political agenda, I’m sorry but that’s their problem. They don’t get to take over my life for their ends.

Many portrayals of Asian feminist empowerment come at the expense of Asian men.

As for the gypsies, their main problem is they have too many kids. Stupid people all over the world tend to have too many kids. It’s going to prove to be one of the issues of our day if nothing is done to prevent the wanton, reckless procreation of the world’s have-nots, who only succeed in passing on their poverty to subsequant generations, and thus drag us all down with them. Not pretty, but it’s obviously what is happening. Soft-headed, well-meaning but cosmically misguided “welfare” practises only exacerbate the problem.

Just for the record, I do not fear or hate these psychologically damaged boys. I pity them. I do hate that “professionals” can say they are able to magically turn these pitiful guys in a woman. As I said before, they should lose their license to practice medicine by praying on and profiting off the mental problems of these unfortunates.”

I just wonder, you know, what would happen, what would we accomplish if women spent more time fighting the causes and the issues than one another. I mean, can’t we all just get along.

This is beyond awful, and I’m incredibly ashamed of the US–though not even remotely surprised. (Maybe someone should tell them that if they send more money, fewer of those displaced persons will try to cross the border? Even if that’s total bullshit?) But my shallow self has to take over for a second here: The state of Tabasco. I had to do a double-take. Yes, yes, I’m an ignorant slut, blahblahblah, but it is kind of funny.

Race, racism is male tool. It was created and perpetuated to keep one type of man in power. If a woman supports race, she’s supporting male power.

I am currently undertaking my 3rd year dissertation at University College London on the subject of the Peloponessian War. I will soon have a degree in the subject of Ancient History. Can you say the same?

I’m just upset that attributes of femininity and feminism, are once again attributed to the thin, perfectly tanned, white female body.

I’m saying this as a women of color, which is a stupid term anyway. My color is only skin deep and I don’t define myself by it. White women are no more privileged than any others. Feminism is the great equalizer, and frankly, these women of color need to get a fucking grip.