8 martie 2015 – reimaginand feminismul

Reimaginând feminismul de ziua internațională a femeilor (Reimagining feminism on International Women’s Day) de Harsha Walia În fiecare dimineață îi citesc fiicei mele de un an dintr-un fabulos abecedar pentru copii. Când ajungem la litera F, spunem: “F vine de la Feministă, Vrem să fim plătite egal”. Desigur, o carte pentru copii este limitată în cât de bine poate exprima o analiză cu mai multe niveluri de nuanțe, dar uneori mă întreb cât de relevantă este aceasta articulare a unei versiuni particulare de feminism pentru ea. Feminismul liberal dominant a cerut în mod uzual drepturi egale pentru femei. Chiar și Continue reading

assimilation vs liberation

“Assimilationists want nothing less than to construct the homosexual as normal – white, monogamous, wealthy, 2.5 children, SUVs with a white picket fence. This construction, of course, reproduces the stability of heterosexuality, whiteness, patriarchy, the gender binary, and capitalism itself. If we genuinely want to make ruins of this totality, we need to make a break. We don’t need inclusion into marriage, the military, and the state. We need to end them. No more gay politicians, CEOs, and cops. We need to swiftly and immediately articulate a wide gulf between the politics of assimilation and the struggle for liberation. We Continue reading

how to be an ally to your straight friends

The ever increasing trend of oppression against straight people in LGBT and queer communities has been worrying any person with a fragment of a conscious left unharmed by extreme heterophobic propaganda. It’s time for us to stop it! It’s time that we learn how to stop insulting straight people, how not to question their heterosexuality, how to learn to love their privileges (Because hating is bad! And it gives you ulcers!), and in short: how to be their allies. … 4. Learn to acknowledge straight people’s privileges. And to love them. The fact that straight people have privilege doesn’t mean Continue reading

voices of clients over those of sex workers

I Don’t Care About Clients by Olive Seraphim “… The point I am trying to make here is that if clients were contributing something valuable or even something innocuous to our movement, I could deal. Instead, they are perpetrating whorephobia. I fear that people who don’t know better will see posts like this and think these men somehow have more knowledge of our lives and the realities of our work than we do. After all, the conversations surrounding punters and activism are largely cisheteronormative, and most of these men bring their male privilege to the table, while not even being Continue reading

on those “toxic” feminist disruptions and digital gentrification

… Only those with presumed safety in dominant society fear losing their privilege of comfort, along with possession and control over discourse in online spaces. People of color face real violence on the basis of their skin color. Black, brown, and gender non-conforming bodies even face police brutality, which shows that a lack of protection is normalized. In a world where whiteness means presumed innocence, safety, and entrance there is born a fear of anything contrary to unquestionable authority. The reaction white feminists are having to women of color feminists entering Twitter tends to problematize those who point out racism Continue reading

d.i.y. feminist spaces

We’d like to build spaces without harassment, without having to worry about jerks, and more ambitiously, with active encouragement to explore. The culture we’re developing supports making, learning, and teaching, which is a goal we share with many other hackerspaces. Ours is starting with a few extra values; intersectional feminism, support for feminist activism and strong respect for personal boundaries. We’re trying to build structures that help us form strong social ties and share responsibility. It’s very exciting. I know what you’re thinking. You want a feminist hackerspace full of creative, talented non-jerks near you! “The Rise of Feminist Hackerspaces Continue reading

The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI

The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI by the Rewriting Wikipedia Project: April 26, 2013, 1-3pm EST Wikipedia Meetup Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/globalwomen On April 26th, the Rewriting Wikipedia Project will host the Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI. This virtual event is designed to encourage internet users to write entries about women from around the world into Wikipedia and to improve existing entries on these topics. The Rewriting Wikipedia Project is now a working group supported by Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH).

feminism and labor – and more

some essential reading: National Hyatt Boycott Unites Workers, Feminists, LGBQT Activists, and More Worker rights are a feminist issue and should be considered as such, but often they get short shrift in feminist spaces. Let’s not forget that International Women’s Day started as International Working Women’s Day, and that some of the earliest feminist agitators were fighting in the front lines of factory strikes during the Industrial Revolution. Fierce seamstresses and other workers striking for better working conditions inspired wealthier women, some of whom decided to take up their cause after being inspired by seeing them hold their ground for Continue reading

femei alergatoare

apropos de femei si alergat: In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the 1974 NYC marathon (women’s division) with a time of 3:07:29. — via “Kathrine Switzer (born January 5, 1947) is the first woman to run the Boston Marathon Continue reading