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Lorde’s putdown feminism: The politics of calling out other women – Salon.com

I sat next to a man on the train the other day who grilled a woman wearing a Muslim headscarf, telling her how “subjugated” she was. The woman didn’t have to be kind to him — but she was. She explained that it was her own religious choice, and as a feminist, she doesn’t believe other women have to make the same decision. They don’t even have to agree with hers. It’s every person’s right to choose their own path to liberation.

The man looked confused by her answer, as if he couldn’t process it. So rather than engaging with the woman, he reaffirmed his previous point: “But you’re subjugated.”

I sat as their conversation went on and on, getting nowhere, and I realized it would continue to do so as long as he kept on trying to tear her down. He just wanted to prove he was right. His goal was to overpower her with his honesty — much like Lorde, who just wants to help us all by saying what’s on her mind. Honesty is important, but the more crucial step is empathy. If that guy just stopped criticizing the woman in front of him for a moment and listened, he might actually have learned something. We all might.

Lorde’s putdown feminism: The politics of calling out other women – Salon.com.

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November 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Posted in Racism, Religion, Sexism

▶ Black Woman Walking – By Tracey Rose (Still Think This Is A Joke?) – YouTube

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September 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Posted in Racism, Sexism

Social Media Minds the Intersectional Gap

People most visible in movements for black empowerment are often men, and those most visible in the movements for gender equality are often white. Compare how many have heard of Gloria Steinem to how few are familiar with Audre Lorde. Compare Martin Luther King Jr.’s dedicated activism to Rosa Parks just being “tired” in the history books. Misogynoir (hatred of black women) is often the reason behind why some are remembered and celebrated while others are minimized or banished into obscurity.

Social Media Minds the Intersectional Gap.

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August 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Posted in Racism, Sexism

Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests | American Civil Liberties Union

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August 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Posted in Prohibition, Racism

What Don Lemon gets wrong about moms – Salon.com

“Despite being the laziest explanation for the majority of society’s ills, single motherhood is not the bogeyman without which we’d all live morally spotless, fiscally responsible, racism-free, crime-reduced lives. And marital status is not an automatic or accurate indicator of father involvement.”

What Don Lemon gets wrong about moms – Salon.com.

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July 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Posted in Racism, Sexism