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Thousand Steps and Stars

genderdemoness:

im referring to ppl who cloak their ideology in inaccessible + academic language for no actual reason as the nerdgeoisie from now on + i invite u all to join me

(Source: wormful)

hestmord:

this is 90% of people who say offensive shit “ironically” imxp
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hestmord:

this is 90% of people who say offensive shit “ironically” imxp

(Source: bedabug)

In social justice, there’s this absurd meme (that I’ve been guilty of myself) is that we are the “voice for the voiceless,” but that’s not right. The oppressed are not voiceless – they’re just not being listened to.

Dianna Anderson, of Be the Change, at Rachel Held Evans’ “Ask a Feminist” (via emm-in-sem)

Wooo, I like this. 

(via iamateenagefeminist)

Perfect quote is perfect.

(via cand86)

Gonna print this out and stick it on my mirror. Keep that shit in check.

(via ishkwaakiiwan)

Or that one is “GIVING” a voice to a marginalized person. Which is very problematic as well. Having a voice is different to not being heard.

(via newwavefeminism)

(Source: dandelionbreaks)

awomanfromitaly:

claydols:

its weird that guys get so touchy when you accuse them of sexism like “im not sexist wtf????” when they should really be worried about “ive been acting sexist wtf????” like dude youre not the victim of an accusation the accusation is the result of your behavior

literally every person born into a position to oppress has behaved like this and its gross

(Source: 37roses)

silversarcasm:

[Gifset: Laverne Cox speaks at the GLAAD media awards, she says,

"Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and each other."]

femmeanddangerous:

(x)

(Source: fuckyeahlavernecox)

mamamantis:

"i’m sorry because i’ve realized that what i said was fucked up and harmful" is very, very different from "i’m sorry because now people are mad at me and i want to placate them so that they’ll stop criticizing me" and the two are not interchangeable

(Source: baphomeme)

How To Appropriately Engage With Blogs That Have Anti-Oppression Related Content

gradientlair:

Want to be an awesome blog subscriber to blogs that are partially or completely about critical theories, womanism, feminism, humanism or any anti-oppression theory and praxis? It’s not hard at all! Here’s some tips:

1) Don’t tell a writer what to write. Either subscribe or don’t. Unless they are employed by a mainstream blog and you are an editor, please, do not tell people what to write. This is especially true for sensitive topics (i.e. rape, domestic violence, street harassment, child abuse, poverty, unemployment, police brutality, prison industrial complex etc.) Realize that you might be triggering someone by emailing them and demanding they write on a particular topic and especially a specific news story. If you haven’t seen them post about it, consider why. (i.e. Don’t want to/don’t have to, no time, trigger etc.) Also, personal blogs are not newspapers. Writers have no obligation to chronologically address every single thing that happens. Finally, stop approaching people as on-demand opinion generation machines. The "your thoughts? [insert hyperlink]" question being sent to me up to 100 times a week gets tiring.

2) Don’t treat writers as “learning portals” and not humans. It’s great if you visit a blog and learn a lot. But realize that some people are often just discussing their day or an issue that impacts their lives directly. Their primary objective might not be to “teach” you or anyone. (Conversely, some do not come to learn anyway, but only to derail.) It’s not “abstract” “learning material” for you to “consume” without regard to their emotions. The same applies to Twitter. In fact, in reference to Whites doing this, I recently tweeted this:

3) Your two cents isn’t always needed. Think carefully when you are in a privileged position and you decide to comment on an oppressed person’s post. Maybe your White, male, heterosexual, cisgender, middle class, able-bodied, thin, Western, Global North opinion is not fucking needed. Do not derail.

4) Respect how the person wants their content used. Many writers list some sort of copyright/creative commons type of license and/or have some sort of content use policy. (I have a Content Use Policy.) Just…respect that. This is not hard. Only ignorance, entitlement, privilege and greed makes this hard.

5) Don’t move from complimenting to tone policing. This is especially important for Whites and men, who seem to do this the most. No one marginalized is interested in how “articulate" you think they are compared to "other" people of their particular group. No one wants a pat on the head like some sort of exceptional sideshow. No one wants it implied that since they write in a way that is “acceptable” to someone privileged, only then do they have the right to share their message. That is tone policing. Also, consider that some compliments (i.e. "You should have a book, a show, a teaching job!") are reminders of inequality. Not everyone has access to these things.

6) Check your damn privilege and make sure that you have not fallen into the deep abyss of ignorance where you think that someone mentioning, deconstructing, critiquing, and rejecting oppression is the privileged being “oppressed.” Spare me. Like I tweeted yesterday:

I’m not only a writer, I am also a reader. I never engage with people’s blogs in the manner that I critiqued above. I live what I speak. It’s not hard.

Related Posts: For People Who Derail The Conversations In The Safe Spaces Of Those Marginalized. Stop. Go Away.Allies Are Still Privileged; Don’t Forget It

On Race IV

gradientlair:

Back in November I posted an essay compilation on race, racism, White supremacy and White privilege, which is On Race III. There’s also previous compilations: On Race II and the first one, On Race. This is the fourth essay compilation on the same topics and includes some of my essays written since the third one was posted. However, this one also includes some of my writing on non-Black people of colour and anti-Blackness and how that works in conjunction with White supremacy. Unlike the previous essay compilations on race, this one also includes some of my tweet + text posts as they often contain a significant amount of writing below the screencap of tweets.

Essays:

  1. 10 Ways That White Feminist and White Anti-Racism Allies Are Abusive To Me In Social Media
  2. When Some Of The Cis White Women Who Are Abused Online Are Also Abusers
  3. My Tone Isn’t The Problem. Abusive Mainstream Feminists Are.
  4. How White Supremacy Creates Paternalism and Violence In “Sex Positivity” Discourse
  5. How Non-Black People Use George Zimmerman’s Ethnicity As Absolution From Their Anti-Blackness
  6. Anti-Blackness And The Myths Of “Monoracial Privilege” & The “White/Black Binary”
  7. White People Using Blackness and Anti-Black Racism Analogies For Their Experiences Is NOT Intersectionality
  8. Anti-Blackness From Non-Black People Of Colour In Social Media Real Time…
  9. I Will Not Tolerate Whites REGULARLY Making FALSE Claims About Me Being Bigoted
  10. Anti-Blackness And Accusations Of Bigotry
  11. Yes, People Engage In Bigoted Speech/Actions Against Me. No, It Is Not The First Time.
  12. Plagiaristic Whitesplaining As “Co-Signs” Of My Writing
  13. The Concept Of White Supremacy Involving Sociopathy Is NOT Ableism
  14. White Supremacy and Conversations About Disability
  15. On Blackness and Perceptions of Able-Bodied Privilege
  16. Race IS Relevant In Street Harassment. But Not In The Racist Way Regularly Assumed.
  17. Thoughts About The Richard Sherman Clip
  18. Ani DiFranco’s Offensive Stunt Bores Me
  19. Requiring Accountability For Racism and White Supremacy Is Not “Bashing” White Feminists
  20. Racism Up Close: How A White Woman Tried To Get My GoFundMe Shut Down
  21. On The Goddamn Lily Allen Video and The DEMAND For An Opinion On It
  22. Intersectionality Isn’t A “Meme”
  23. Black In The 99%
  24. On Jordan Davis, The Value Of Black Children And Thoughts After The Dunn Verdict
  25. Jesse Williams’ Powerful Words On Jordan Davis, Racism and The Dunn Trial
  26. Unlike Renisha McBride, A White Woman Came To My Door (Not Even For Help) And Lived Another Day
  27. Yes, I Did See 12 Years A Slave. It’s Brilliant. No, I Won’t Be Writing An In-Depth Film Review.

Tweets + text type posts:

  1. White consumption of Black culture ≠ anti-racism praxis [X]
  2. #TheySayTheyreMyAllyBut; critiquing ally failures [X]
  3. non-Black PoC and triggering anti-Black conversations on Twitter [X]
  4. White women, White privilege and public interruption [X]
  5. non-Black women and erasure of Black women through anti-Blackness, generalizations and co-opting [X]
  6. Tim Wise and making Black death a joke punchline [X]
  7. #SoWhiteOutside; critique of White privilege via snow metaphors [X]
  8. mainstream feminism’s “formula” for avoiding accountability [X]
  9. George Zimmerman, racism, White supremacy, sociopathy and capitalism [X]
  10. #WhiteFeministRants; obscuring structural power and mainstream feminists’ abuse of Black women [X]
  11. #IStandWithMHP; on racism, misogynoir against Melissa Harris-Perry and Sunday morning news shows [X]
  12. "toxic" feminism claims by White feminists, mainstream media power and abuse of Black women [X]
  13. #CommonRacistResponses [X]
  14. on Renisha McBride, racism, White abuse of space/property [X]

Related Essay Compilation: 2013: A Year Of White Supremacy and Racism In Mainstream Feminism

thebeatleswereterrible:

"It’s the social economic version of “just stop being depressed”"

holy shit

thats it

thats exactly what bothers me about “forget money follow your dreams” like lol ok poor people just stop being poor and do things start a business 

just acknowledge we live in a capitalist society and that following a dream isn’t achievable for everyone like. be real. i’m a positive person but i’m not full of illusions about how things work.

We have to let go of treating each other like not knowing, making mistakes, and saying the wrong thing make it impossible for us to ever do the right things.

And we have to remind ourselves that we once didn’t know. There are infinitely many more things we have yet to know and may never know.

We have to let go of a politic of disposability. We are what we’ve got. No one can be left to their fuck ups and the shame that comes with them because ultimately we’ll be leaving ourselves behind.

I want us to use love, compassion, and patience as tools for critical dialogue, fearless visioning, and transformation. I want us to use shared values and visions as proactive measures for securing our future freedom. I want us to be present and alive to see each other change in all of the intimate ways that we experience and enact violence.

I want our movements sustainable, angry, gentle, critical, loving — kicking ass and calling each other back in when we stray.

Ngọc Loan Trần, "Calling IN: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable" (via conradtao)

woah! i got quoted.
if y’all haven’t checked it out yet, i wrote this piece over at BGD and i feel really good about it.

(via tranqualizer)

ambifae:

if you’re an ally you shouldn’t be in other people’s safe spaces you should be outside with a fucking sword protecting the vulnerable people you claim to be allies to 

(Source: skeletonsarebisexual)

It’s easy to say “fuck cultural identities, we’re all human” when your culture is not the one being exploited, marginalized and oppressed. It’s easy to say “fuck borders” when your country is the one who puts up the borders. And it is really fucking easy to say “we all bleed red” when it’s not bodies of your people riddled with bullets because Western capitalism has a price.

(via 691180)

(Source: estrangera)

gender-weird:

Hey cis allies! If you want to do some awesome allyship, please consider using the customizing feature of facebook’s gender setting to describe yourself as “cisgender” and then the gender you identify as (example: “cisgender woman” or “cisgender man”). This is a way to dismantle the “unmarked” category of cis and to help end the othering of trans folk as a marked category. 

theta-zoid sent: How do you feel about humanism? As a way of working against racism, oppression, etc.? I've read about it, and I feel the argument that it ignores race is a bit premature, wouldn't an -ism that centers on being human include race, not exclude it?

radicalmenofcolor:

flippydoodle:

astrochelonian:

thisisnotjapan:

Humanism was a revolutionary philosophy back in the 16th century.

But today, when people describe themselves as modern-day humanists in an English-speaking context, it’s often because they’re bashing feminism, anti-racism and any kind of religion, especially Islam. Just because humanism has the word “human” in it doesn’t mean it’s intrinsically more inclusive. It’s a little like claiming to be on the side of good. Who believes they’re on the side of evil? Who are the modern-day “anti-humanists” that humanists oppose themselves to?

Humanism CREATED racism and oppression; it is not a way of working against racism. “Human” is a word with a very dirty history.

Although this source isn’t perfect, it explains how the word “human” has been used historically in such a way as to dehumanise the majority of the inhabitants of the world, and enable imperialism and colonialism:

http://criticallegalthinking.com/2013/05/16/seven-theses-on-human-rights-1-the-idea-of-humanity/

Please educate yourself further.

Yes, yes, yes, what astrochelonian said. 

One of very basis of humanism is the components of “human nature” and (to a certain extent) “state of nature”. This is true of many Enlightenment era theories, and they form the crux of current Western human rights theories and policies. 

But the definitions of “human nature” used at the time were actually definitions which made out Africans and Asians to be savage, primitive and barbaric peoples, in need to have social order implemented for their own good, and forced to “become” more human. 

Edit: although I will hold my reservations on if humanism itself formed racism. That entire era of Western political thought was completely bent towards justifying colonialism, so almost every aspect of thought, from scientific to political theories, was used as a weapon for this purpose. 

And when people say they “want to be treated like human beings” as if we should all agree about what that means?
That definition precedes what they understand to be “disrespectful” though.
He/she said x to me, therefore, he/she doesn’t think of me as a “human being.”
Feminism is the radical notion that woman are “people”? Read: human?
Kindof a reductive definition that can become problematic in a world where men are framed as the default “people.”

I want everyone to rethink the lot of these terms and our language and these concepts and these attitudes.

This is why I almost never frame analysis of problems on those terms.

-D

For the white man to ask the black man if he hates him is just like the rapist asking the raped, or the wolf asking the sheep, “Do you hate me?” The white man is in no moral position to accuse anyone else of hate! Why, when all of my ancestors are snake-bitten, and I’m snake-bitten, and I warn my children to avoid snakes, what does that snake sound like accusing me of hate-teaching?

Malcolm X (via specialnights)