SHOCK: What the fuck did he just say?
DENIAL: No, that can’t be right.
ANGER: Fucking ‘legitimate’?!
BARGAINING: Maybe he’s high?
GUILT: It’s my own fault for checking Twitter.
DEPRESSION: FML, people are defending him.
ACCEPTANCE: Whatever. On to the next sexist asshole.
(via lipstick-feminists)Source: jessicavalenti
Currently Reading: Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards by Afsaneh Najmabadi.
“Drawing from a rich array of visual and literary material from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking book rereads and rewrites the history of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality. Peeling away notions of a rigid pre-modern Islamic gender system, Afsaneh Najmabadi provides a compelling demonstration of the centrality of gender and sexuality to the shaping of modern culture and politics in Iran and of how changes in ideas about gender and sexuality affected conceptions of beauty, love, homeland, marriage, education, and citizenship. She concludes with a provocative discussion of Iranian feminism and its role in that country’s current culture wars. In addition to providing an important new perspective on Iranian history, Najmabadi skillfully demonstrates how using gender as an analytic category can provide insight into structures of hierarchy and power and thus into the organization of politics and social life.”
(via thescarletwoman)Source: insaniyat
Black Feminist Thought. Knowledge,Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (2000)
Patricia Hill Collins
Libro completo, Routledge
Estado de la copia: 5/5
Link de descarga: http://bit.ly/N9nSJb
on my list books to get!
As is also the case with Black Marxism, I have some disagreements with this book, but you should absolutely read it and then probably read it again. Click the image to DL.
Before I start, can I just say I am so fucking tired of sexism and racism? Honestly, it drives me insane that people continue to promote such fucked up viewpoints. What is even more messed up? I have to hear these horrible things from my own (white) parent. Seriously, you would think that one’s parent, fully realizing that you are a feminist [activist and leader] - even to the point of your parent telling another individual about the work you do, - that they would take a moment to fully comprehend what I am saying.
Let me set down the scene. After we have been drinking a bit, we return to my Aunt’s house (I’m on vacation) to relax and watch the conclusion of the opening ceremony for the Olympic games. I am settling down from my buzz; while I may have drank “a lot” in some people’s eyes, I definitely know I have drank little in comparison when I go out. We all talk about old music and whatever, and somehow the conversation transforms into a discussion about baseball/softball/competitive sports. What happens is that my parent and my aunt end up getting into a argument/discussion about whether or not women are able to participate in the same leagues of men in softball/baseball; horrifically, my parent ends up being on the side that women are physically weaker and worse off than men in sports.
Immediately, my feminist rage ignites. I side with my aunt, and disagree with my parent, saying that just like everything else - there is a gendered difference between men and women, that the system of sports tries to continue a sexist superiority of men. My parent tries to use “statistics” - and I explain that the statistics only showcase how women are forced to be compared against men; that male sports scores are considered to be the standard, and women are forced to meet them in order to be considered a powerhouse of a sportsperson (Olympic, for example). My parent cited that races against the clock indicated an unbiased opinion - men beat women in races, men are therefore better. I explain that there is no such thing as unbiased; that our interpretations of time are equally influenced by our sexism. Nothing gets across, and my voice (along with my aunt’s) gets pushed to the side; in fact, this ended up being resolved (after some more hurtful words) by saying that this was just a “fun” argument, that we both were playing into each other. No, I was not. I was telling my parent that this was sexism.
Racism began in a similar avenue, after we seemingly exhausted our sexism-fight. My parent began to suggest that black men obviously are superior to white men in terms of sports because their hamstring is longer. My parent “cited” medical reports from 1974. I explained that medicine, perhaps most especially out of any science, has been used in a racist and sexist means to keep people down; regardless of the fact that we are “valorizing” black sportspeople, we are suggesting that their wins are based purely because of some special sort of “black” anatomical enhancement/defect. I began searches for it online - nothing seemingly credible, although one “report” suggested that there are differences based off of anatomy for black men. While I was suggesting that ultimately, black bodies and white bodies are more or less the same, I was nonetheless implying that there would naturally be differences based off of environmental and genetic reasons. Just because one black body succeeds at a sport does not mean one white body of a similar type/build/etc. cannot also succeed at the same level. My parent’s understanding of race in sports upholds a deepseated belief of an “Other”ed body for people of color (PoC).
It was at this moment that I realized that my work cannot just be focused on my external world; it cannot be solely based on helping other people realize sexism and racism. I need, most importantly, to work on my own family - because I have a parent who believes, wholeheartedly, that certain races are superior than others and certain genders are as well.
If you have any more, or alternate links just in case these ever get removed, feel free to add to the list. Pass the resources along!
FEMINIST REVIEW: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Let’s talk Batman.
In this Feminist Review, I wanted to specifically talk about Selina Kyle/”the Cat”/Catwoman. However, I am pressed for time, so I am going to talk about a few things and then leave you all with a roundup of links that discuss the movie from a feminist perspective. So without further adieu: **SPOILERS**