“It has rained for five days
the world is
a round puddle
of sunless water
where small islands
are only beginning
a young boy
in my garden
is bailing out water
from his flower patch
when I ask him why
he tells me
young seeds that have not seen sun
and drown easily.”—“Coping,” by Audre Lorde (via jiminwestwood)
There is a lot of push back from women who claim to be feminists but don’t believe race is part of the conversation. I’ve seen impassioned arguments and explanations as to why the two things must be talked about together. It never fails to end with the faux Feminist saying that the person explaining is just trying to hijack the movement. Which means, in the eyes of the faux Feminist, the person speaking is not a woman. I am going to show you, in numbers, in black and white (Literally) why if you believe intersectionality is not something that needs to be addressed, you are wrong.
The following is from a nationwide statistical study done in 2008. It came from this website and more specifically from this file. For the really lazy (and in denial) of you, I’ll even tell you exactly where to look for my numbers: Table 30.
Crimes of Violence
Simply put, if you are telling us now, when we are getting almost double the crimes committed against us, that we need to “Wait our turn,” what reason would we have to believe that once you get your justice, you will come back for us?
Now is the time. Helping those at the bottom, by default, will help you. How and why would anyone ever argue against it?
“When I want to know what misogyny is, I don’t ask a man. When I want to know what racism is, I don’t ask a white person. When I want to know what homophobia is, I don’t ask a heterosexual. When I want to know what transphobia is, I don’t ask a cisgender person. When I want to know what ableism is, I don’t ask an able-bodied person. The contours and definitions of oppression are best articulated by the oppressed.”—Son of Baldwin
I am just blowing my fucking load over this essay Imma write for my history class.
It’s a course on the construction of Western masculinities and has been probably my favourite class of all time; it looks at all this intersectionality of monarchy and race and changing gender roles and colonialism and pretty much all of the most thought-provoking stuff I’ve ever been interested in
and and and and
our essays needs to be on a man we can choose and we need to show “how did this individual, as a masculine subject, exemplify, test, challenge and/or renounce the masculine codes that prevailed in his era?”
and and and and
it can be on fictional characters and I’m going to do Dracula!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
like the “New Woman” stuff and the new scientific world as defined by random rich white men and the inverse colonialist narrative and the expression of sexuality and the dissolution of barriers between social classes and the decadence movement towards the end of the nineteenth century
like I actually really need to pee right now but am awaiting her call
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh so nervous
thank goodness we’re only talking for 15 minutes and then I can release my poor bladder
Oops so now it’s published and they inconsistently edited it?? So now bits are wrong and IT’S NOT MY FAULT but there’s also a one word omission that is my fault and I’m super embarrassed that I didn’t pick it up before I sent it in, and also that it’s now published in all its inadequacy.
“If you are a white woman and you want to call yourself a feminist, you must acknowledge that your whiteness affords you a privilege that shields you from a lot. You must also acknowledge that you are afforded privileges that some men in this country do not have. Racism and sexism are tightly intertwined. You cannot fight one while ignoring the other.”—ladyatheist (via ceedling)