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silverfuck:

nowisgreater:

thetinme:

malinakerman:

What!? Racist!? The LGBT community!?
The only girls I date or am interested in (for the most part) are of different races and ethnicities. Please don’t think all of the white LGBT community is racist. There’s bound to be a couple of them that do racist things, but not all of us do.
I could pin this on all of you, too.
Dear straight people of colour,
thanks for being homophobic during our time of need when many of us tried to help you during your time of need. 
Would you rather us pin that on the straight people of colour, too? Because I definitely do not like being called a racist. This seriously upsets me. I love everyone, I’m not a fucking racist.

And then this happened. I have no words. 

Yyyyyeah. It’s like they wanted to provide an example of what the OP was talking about. *headdesk*
[Text: Dear white LGBT community, Quit it with your fucking racism. This was one big reason why I found it so hard to come out as gay, and it’s a HUGE reason why I’m not as active in the community. I’ve always supported you (unknowingly because I was standing up for my own rights), and what do I get from you? Racist jokes, women treating me like I’m “exotic”, other women being afraid I’m some scary dominant butch trying to get with them, but mostly just being treated like I’m invisible and being silenced when I tried to speak for myself. How in the flying fuck can some of you be so dumb? You DO know better. That’s what pisses me off. Fucking tired of it, A gay woman of color.]

YOU GUISE, CLEARLY, WE’VE GOT IT WRONG. THE POOR, POOR WHITE COMMUNITY IS OH SO ~OPPRESSED BY PEOPLE CALLING THEM RACISTS. IT TOTALLY COMPARES TO FACING RACISM. LET’S GIVE THOSE WHO DATE POC COOKIES BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY, THEY’RE DOING THEM A FAVOR!

silverfuck:

nowisgreater:

thetinme:

malinakerman:

What!? Racist!? The LGBT community!?

The only girls I date or am interested in (for the most part) are of different races and ethnicities. Please don’t think all of the white LGBT community is racist. There’s bound to be a couple of them that do racist things, but not all of us do.

I could pin this on all of you, too.

Dear straight people of colour,

thanks for being homophobic during our time of need when many of us tried to help you during your time of need. 

Would you rather us pin that on the straight people of colour, too? Because I definitely do not like being called a racist. This seriously upsets me. I love everyone, I’m not a fucking racist.

And then this happened. I have no words. 

Yyyyyeah. It’s like they wanted to provide an example of what the OP was talking about. *headdesk*

[Text: Dear white LGBT community, Quit it with your fucking racism. This was one big reason why I found it so hard to come out as gay, and it’s a HUGE reason why I’m not as active in the community. I’ve always supported you (unknowingly because I was standing up for my own rights), and what do I get from you? Racist jokes, women treating me like I’m “exotic”, other women being afraid I’m some scary dominant butch trying to get with them, but mostly just being treated like I’m invisible and being silenced when I tried to speak for myself. How in the flying fuck can some of you be so dumb? You DO know better. That’s what pisses me off. Fucking tired of it, A gay woman of color.]

YOU GUISE, CLEARLY, WE’VE GOT IT WRONG. THE POOR, POOR WHITE COMMUNITY IS OH SO ~OPPRESSED BY PEOPLE CALLING THEM RACISTS. IT TOTALLY COMPARES TO FACING RACISM. LET’S GIVE THOSE WHO DATE POC COOKIES BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY, THEY’RE DOING THEM A FAVOR!

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{ I cannot finish anything rn ugh }

fiercelynative:

I started a post on mentalness, mad pride, internalized ableism and the intersectionality fail of free, online support communities putting so much emphasis on having an official diagnosis and shunning self-diagnosis and how it can in fact prevent some of the people who need it most from receiving any sort of help (specifically with regard to depression and EDs). Got about 1/3rd through it, burnt out and just saved it to text file. Another time, I guess.

Then I was going to reblog this [image in link: white on black text that says “Don’t take it out on your body.”] and explain my complicated feelings re: why it is not that easy and how shit like that and the “start a revolution: stop hating your body” campaign actually makes me feel WORSE about myself. idk I feel like these campaigns, while well-meaning, put too much responsibility on the people dealing with body hatred and not enough on the sources thereof. Like, this campaign by NEDIC I just love. But I don’t think that “hey you, you who has to weather the constant barrage of abuse from the media and people around you, the invalidation and insistence that not only is your body up for public dissection and consumption, but it is inadequate, it is too fat or too skinny, too sick, too much, not enough, just STOP HATING IT! Be stronger! Be braver! Join the revolution by just not listening to every voice raised against yours!” But then, then if I buy into that, and I am not strong and I am not brave, not only have I let myself down, I’ve let the revolution down. And I don’t need that fucking pressure, you know? But the first post turned out about as coherent as this one so I delete that, too. The point is, this shit doesn’t help me. Maybe it helps someone else, but not me. It just makes me feel like shit.

Then I started a post calling out a new follower on their appropriative and fucked up use of the term “spirit animal” but was just like ugh w/e I have no patience for this shit. Trying to decide if I should just block them or hope they fucking learn something.

Now I’m trying to work on my year one fic for thegirlswholived but it’s kind of funny, because I’m writing about Pansy’s neuroses but my own are preventing me from finishing it because the pacing is WRONG and I have to FIX IT but I don’t know HOW so I just stare at it in my word processor like ;____;

I guess I will reblog memes and cute pictures of bats instead until my brain sorts out w/e the fuck is going on with it rn.

P.S. Peppermint-frosted pretzels are amazing and you should try them if you can.

for what it’s worth, i think your writing here is totally coherent.  for example, i hadn’t noticed that “hey don’t hate your body!” pressure before and that IS really fucked-up and i think you do a great job of describing the problems with it here.

anyway, sorry about all the worries and pressure and that ignorant follower of yours.  {{{e-hugs}}}

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{ as you read about the trail of Brisenia Flores’s murderers… }

*trigger warning*

kiriamaya:

radicallyhottoff:

aim2misbehave:

radicallyhottoff:

Please note how rarely MSM is calling her murderers white supremacists and how rarely the organization they are a part of is called a hate group.

Notice how key phrases like “hotly contested issue” keep coming up as code words for “white supremacist violence.” Notice how the Minutemen are never called a terrorist organization. Notice how Brisenia is always mentioned in context of the little white girl shot during the Giffords shooting—as if Brisenia only became important and a tragedy *after* a white girl was killed. As if the only thing that could help us to understand the tragedy of Brisenia is first understanding a tragedy through a lens of whiteness. 

Remember that Brisenia was killed first. And that she was specifically murdered because of the color of her skin. 

What happened to Brisenia was an act of white supremacist violence. White supremacy is gendered male—and sees brown children as “anchors” and brown girl children as the next generation of resource drainers. Race IS gender. Citizenship IS gender. Border crossing is a direct threat to white supremacy. 

This is the truth we miss unless we teach other how to find it. 

I’ve honestly never heard of how white supremacy is gendered male before - does anyone have more information about this? It seems like a fascinating topic.

Ok—so the easiest way to understand this is to think to Jim Crow Era in the Southern US. You had white men in the KKK roaming around killing people and acting as vigilantes (as the Minutemen are being described now). And this *looks* like—it’s solely based on race. As in—people are being targeted because of the color of their skin by people who think the color of *their* skin affords them more rights and privileges.

BUT—if you look at the codes of *living* at that time—you begin to see that gender (and nationality, sexuality, etc) were all as wrapped up in those cases of violence as race was—such that telling race and gender (and all the others) apart (as in: this is a clear case of racial violence, or, this is a clear case of gendered violence) becomes near impossible. 

For example: as Ida B Wells showed repeatedly in the cases of lynching—black men were lynched repeatedly based almost *exclusively* on their supposed sexual aggression towards white women and girls. And so you saw white feminists *supporting* lynching because the men supposedly raped 15 year olds or attacked a woman when her husband was out of town. But as Wells showed—in most cases the supposed rape never even happened—or even more horribly—*it was a case of consensual sex*. So—the lynching was not really about preventing rape—but about upholding white supremacy.

And of course—white supremacy asserts that white men are the natural holders/inheritors of all positions of power—and *white women belong to them*. Why? because white women create the next generation of white children and we need to be *sure* that those children are not black. And as such—white women through their bodies *uphold* white supremacy. And in doing so, they *literally* uphold male supremacy as well.

So—you turn to today—and you see seemingly unrelated issues like the Minutemen violently “monitoring” and “protecting” the US/Mexican border—and states like South Dakota legalizing the murder of abortion providers. 

Although they don’t seem related—when you think of white supremacy as gendered male—it makes perfect sense that as violence against brown people increases, the specifically *reproductive* rights of women are increasingly under attack (along with other issues like “woman” becomes increasingly more strictly defined, queers become more suspect, even “eating meat” becomes more infused with nationalism [a *real* man eats half a pound of meat at one sitting! well, what is a *real* man but a heterosexual redblooded all american god fearing He-man Manly Man?])—in this case—citizen women reproducing is what reinforces the naturalness of White Male at the head of the hierarchy. It recreates a white supremacist system that legitimizes the idea that *some* people are not deserving of rights because they *drain resources*. Each new generation of *real* citizens being born reinforces the idea that there are *some* children being born who are *not* legitimate citizens. And as long as there are some people who are *not* legitimate citizens—there will always be a hierarchical structure of resource disbursement rather than an egalitarian one—and white women’s bodies *specifically* are needed to reinforce the right of white *men* to be at the top of that pyramid. 

Now—it’s certianly much much more complicated than this—people like Ida B Wells, Andrea Smith, Patricia Hill Collins, Angela Davis and soooooo many others have spent entire lifetimes writing about how White supremacy is gendered male and what that means for the rest of us—and I only have a few paragraphs here—but the long and short of it—this is what I mean when I say white supremacy is gendered male.

(p.s. on a side note: there was this really important essay at The Root about Recy Taylor—a black woman who was gang raped by white supremacists back during Jim Crow era.  I think it’s essential reading to help understand how even as black men/boys were being lynched for whistling at white women or having consensual sex with white women—white men were raping black women and girls at will with no reprecussions whatsoever. Rosa Parks, for example, was first and foremost, an anti-rape activist. She recognized that rapes of black women/girls were happening relentlessly throughout the south and was essential in documenting and helping to pursue legal justice. These rapes reinforced white supremacy—as it positioned white men simultaneously as *enforcers* of the law and *above* the law. Again, you see this today within almost every avenue of the US—white men are acting as vigilante “protectors of the border” —*without challenge or consequences* for their actions. It is almost exclusively white men that are creating these increasing legal restrictions on abortion—while at the same time facing no consequences at all for allowing open money season for bankers that has been proven repeatedly to have harmed *literally* the entire world (much less citizens in the own country).)

Very, very important. We can’t hope to succeed in fighting against patriarchy without also fighting white supremacy. It’s all connected.

holy shit sometimes i forget what a huge genius you are, bfp (but of course it’s hard to forget for any length of time because you keep being a genius all the time).

{ LINK: Why is Trader Joe’s short-changing farm-worker justice? }

Trader Joe’s business model is based on offering a limited selection of high-quality products at very low prices. By restricting its inventory, it’s able to effectively wield its purchasing power and demand deep discounts from its suppliers.

Unfortunately for farmworkers, it is precisely this type of high-volume, low-cost purchasing that has created strong downward pressure on wages and working conditions as suppliers look to cut costs in order to maintain profit margins. Supermarket chains may not have created farmworker poverty, but they continue to play an active, and profitable, role in perpetuating it.

Since 2007, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an internationally recognized workers’ organization based in southwest Florida, and its allies have called on Trader Joe’s to support the emerging solution to the human rights crisis in Florida’s fields. Yet Trader Joe’s still refuses to join the Fair Food program, and its tomato supply chain — especially the provenance of its private-label produce — remains shrouded in secrecy. It is increasingly clear that Trader Joe’s, like other supermarket industry leaders, is attempting to shirk its responsibility to pay into the system, short workers of its portion of the pay increase, and refuse to tie its purchases to the Fair Food principles. Florida’s tomato industry is responsible for nearly all fresh tomatoes grown in the U.S. between November and June.

(Source: abbyjean, via atapestryofdisasters-deactivate)

{ Open Letter To Western Feminism }

jaded16india:

Time and time again, critiquing Western feminist racefails like I have done many, many, manymany, many, manymanymany times leads me here today in a pit of emotions, I’m not too sure I can even decipher all of them¹. One seems like anger but the bigger ones are just disappointment and betrayal, mainly because I keep on talking and speaking and western feminism still hasn’t answered back; there is no acknowledgement that you know I speak — I don’t need any acknowledgement, haven’t for a long time — just stating facts. One day, you will realise I am silent around you, and there is a reason why: you often ask me to prioritise gender over race, gender over community, imaginary borders over land and language I breathe in, without realising my gender *is* my race *is* my community and all of these melt into my languages. 

You keep on talking about rape survivors, institutional rape and then add impressive lists with shiny statistics about how gender oppression is a worldwide epidemic but fail to mention how so many of said assaults are a result of skins and dust like mine being ‘undesirable’. You don’t take into account assaults on immigrants, that people with faces tongues feet and hues that are light dark darker than me; but you will tighten invisible borders a little too hard again making dichotomies between you and I traceable and invisible at the same time, playing forever with my head and asking me to question every interaction with you. When you come sauntering in brown spaces, you do all that you can to make sure the power dichotomy that favours you is intact, even though people you want to ‘help’ aren’t being reached at all². 

Then when I do talk about race, all I get are silences and empty gaps — quite used to that, in fact — or I get asked, “Hey why are you so angry all the time?” and the whole point of the post is derailed. Meanwhile, a white person writes about race I’m expected to give ze a cookie for acknowledging my presence? Get mocked because my dialect doesn’t match yours? Get rape threats because I don’t agree with what you do and how you frame bodies like mine, because pointing out the ‘western standard’ isn’t the one to judge the Rest Of The World with is obviously the worst anyone can do. 

By the time *you* realise I’ve stopped talking, I’ll have sold my lips and language. So this is me not talking, never again.

No love ever, 

J.

————

1. I’m pretty sure many other postcolonial and transnational feminists and womanists have pointed out similar tropes, I’m linking to mine because I know them best. 

2. I’m yet to come across a non-imperial Western feminist in my non-online life.

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{ LINK: nonbinaries: FINAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: OUT OF THE BOX }

crustyriotqueer:

Out of the Box: Queering the Gender Binary is a compilation zine for those of us who don’t fit into neatly organized gender boxes. I would like find submissions on a wide variety of issues pertaining to our experiences, including, but not limited to:

  • language/ pronouns
  • how gender pertains to sexuality & the gendered nature of sexual relations
  • feeling outcast in various aspects of day-to-day life
  • whether or not to “come out” to friends/ family/ strangers
  • assimilation vs. liberation
  • being of a non-binary gender at yer job
  • hirstory of androgyny
  • pressure to balance “masculinity” and “femininity” in actions/ characteristics/ appearance
  • the genderqueer community (and if there is one or not)
  • issues of legitimacy of identity
  • the trans* umbrella
  • queer theory in relation to gender
  • being erased or alienated in spaces that should be supportive
  • intersectionality with other issues/statuses (race/disability/age/class/etc.)
  • bodied representations & body politics
  • and so forth!

The submission date for #1 is March 31, 2011! Artwork is also totally desired and appreciated! For more information, please e-mail youvegotafriendinpa(at)gmail(dot)com!

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bulhana:

leonineclaire:

Move to tackle racism on the gay scene

An initiative happening in England. And predictably the comments are awful. ARGGH!!!

Basically some white queers think it’s OK to be racist because communities of colour are more homophobic than white people.

And also I’m so sick of white people from other oppressed groups saying well what about such and such group when there is an anti-racist initiative or when people of colour speak up about racism.

It assumes that all people from the other oppressed groups are white.

It assumes that all people of colour who are queer are not oppressed in other ways.

It just doesn’t give the space to tackle racism.

Thus whiteness is the universal. And saying well what about this oppression in the face of an anti-racist act allows the white person to be righteous on the basis of exclusions—but actually they don’t give a fuck about racism, THEY are the ones being excluding and not willing to engage with the issue at hand: racism—while people of colour are expected to measure up to a yardstick of perfect intersectionality. 

It’s derailing under the guise of a superficial intersectionality.

I think lots of white people actual abuse what intersectionality stands for. And I’m over it.

yeah, and their assumption that communities of colour are more heterosexist and queer hating … well, it erases those of us who are queer poc, it erases queer communities of colour. it’s also a blatantly ahistorical and imperialist assumption.

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{ 2011 TASH CALL FOR PROPOSALS }

nicocoer:

2011 TASH CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Proposals due May 6, 2011 at 5 p.m. ET

 

Only one month left to submit your proposal to present at the 2011 TASH Conference!

We strongly encourage early submission to ensure that we’ve collected your completed proposal.

 

WHO: Self-advocates, family members, service providers, educators, researchers, administrators, agency staff, students and many more…

 

WHAT: We are seeking presentations that reflect innovative ideas, programs and practices that are leading to positive systems change for people with significant disabilities.

 

Presentation Topic Areas

·     Inclusive Education

·     Community Living

·     Employment

·     Human Rights

·     Diversity & Cultural Competency

·     Cross-Topical Areas (including self-advocacy, youth leadership, family issues, sexuality, augmentative and alternative communication and other topics)

 

WHY: Share your work and information with hundreds of different stakeholders in the disability field, network and become a part of the larger effort to push for progressive systems change for people with significant disabilities.

 

HOW: Check out our informational flyer to learn more about submitting a proposal to present.

 

Proposals are due by May 6, 2011, at 5 p.m. ET.

 

Visit www.tash.org/2011TASH to learn more!

 

Contact (202) 540-9015 or conference@tash.org with questions.

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{ LINK: MALCS 2011 Los Angeles Call for Papers at Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social }

genderqueerdukeofmexico:

lalilster:

Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
Summer Institute
California State University, Los Angeles
August 3-7, 2011

Against Fear and Terror:  Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras

MALCS is a “national organization of Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women working in academia and in community settings with a common goal: to work toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/Latina and Native American women’s issues.”  The theme this year aims to foreground the academic and activist endeavors contesting the current framing of citizenship and belonging through binaries such as immigrant/non-immigrant that ignore lived relationship, histories and transformative practices in rights-based struggles.

In the past decade, our communities have confronted multiple forms of boundary making processes, greater surveillance, policing and restrictionist policies. In many ways, these developments ignore longstanding economic and cultural relationships and emphasize conflict, fear and exclusion.   The erasure of our histories, the denial of our rights and even the criminalization of our right to livelihood, rights to education and rights to family life, in all its diverse formations, push academics and activists to explore these processes as they manifest in institutions, communities and neighborhoods within and outside the state, within our very bodies.

We are interested in how our work negotiates –through our diverse locations of class, sexuality, nation and generation, our stories, music, poetry, visual art and foodways, etc. –the negative portrayals and marginalization of our communities to (re)affirm our humanity and our rights.   We seek a variety of work that explores the pursuit of a socially just and inclusive society beyond borders:  ”Against Fear and Terror: Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras.”

Suggested Topics May Include

  • 2001 Patriot Act/Homeland Security
  • Unprecedented Detention and deportation
  • AZ SB1070  and racialization, illegality
  • Chicana/Latina/Native American women’s resistance and activism
  • Social Justice/Popular Movements/Poder Popular
  • civil disobedience, popular democracy
  • DREAMERs, 2006 Marches
  • budget cuts, neoliberalism
  • reproductive justice, the right to marry/love

The 2011 MALCS Site Committee at the California State University, Los Angeles invites academics, educators, students, professionals, activists, “artivists,” and community members of all disciplines and fields of interest in Chicana, Latina and Native American/Indigenous Women’s Studies to submit proposals for individual papers,  panel sessions, roundtables, workshops, performances, conversations or alternative formats. Proposals are to be submitted electronically by May 15, 2011. All abstracts and panel proposals should contain title of paper, affiliation, email and street addresses, and contact number. Participants may submit proposals electronically by May 15, 2011 to:  malcscsula2011@gmail.com.

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{ And This Is How You Do The Reverse Racist }

jaded16india:

souljaboycantdancelikeme:

hystericalmarissa:

And again late with the replying to tumblr stuff, but ANYWAYS…

Let’s start with the fact that a whole bunch of women are effected by racism. You can’t separate experiences of oppression as “in this situation you’re being oppressed because you’re a woman” and “in that situation you were oppressed because you’re a person of colour”. That’s what white feminists fail to recognize and fail to make an effort to understand: The intersectionality of other women’s experiences. That the experiences of white women are not archetypal and universal. That because women of colour experience oppression as womenofcolour, racism is a feminist issue. 

I would say womenofcolor’s issues are not necessarily whitewomen’s issues. To pretend that racism is inherently a feminist issue is dishonest and rooted in the (understandable) desire to want to be included/given more attention to.

It looks something like this to me: there’s an ideology-based group X, but you have differing views/interests inside group X. Group X2 tries to assert the legitimacy/importance of their views/interests by implying that group X1 aren’t ~really~ proper members of group X at all.

I’ve implied similar things myself (about different groups I belong to) and of course I thought I was right, but it’s still a cheap tactic.

Must be nice if you can separate experiences and issues like the way you did — whitewomen’s issues is in one box, WOC’s issues in another. It must be so nice to be able to say “To pretend that racism is inherently a feminist issue is dishonest and rooted in the (understandable) desire to want to be included/given more attention to” with a straight face. 

*THIS* is exactly what I meant when I wrote “What we routinely do in theory — for instance — is separate the ‘object of race’ and ‘subject of racism’, forgetting that any marginalisation happens on bodies, living-breathing-tired-raging bodies”. What you’re doing oh-so-easily here is FORGETTING that this racism happens on our bodies, at the hands of our ‘white feminist allies’ *within* feminism, a space that promises to aid and support WOMEN. Not just white women, but women — I won’t go into how ciscentric this term is in this discussion — ‘across the globe’. But it doesn’t. Racism is an inherent issue *within* feminism. I live in India, in ‘brown space’ and when I go to international conferences, I’m either the token dusty lady from the third world ditches or in some cases token brown. These are FEMINIST conferences where I’ve seen my peers, my professors and sometimes myself silenced. It’s not a ‘notion’ that I have floating around in some part of my head, THIS HAPPENS TO ME. So no, I cannot be as horrid as you in even suggesting that racism isn’t an inherent part of feminism — and that it’s ‘splintering’ the cause if we keep on bickering amongst ourselves.

Because your ‘words’ and ‘rhetoric’ that ‘seem’ harmless assert once again to my face, on my body that I am unwelcome, because of my epidermal tissue, because of my geopolitical location in the world, because unlike other ‘Indian’ feminists, I don’t take white western feminism as a model to work with. Call it a ‘cheap tactic’ all that you want, I will call it self-care. 

reblogging for commentary by jaded16india.

and souljaboycantdancelikeme is just another shit-spewing troll (another example of their shitty behavior is this reblog, where they snidely misgender lakalenyu).

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