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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.


Written by uocemagna

November 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Posted in Racism, Religion, Sexism

Face-Veil Ban Sparks French Riots

Islamophobic attacks in France increased 35 percent during the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2012, the Observatory of Islamophobia announced on July 23. Several veiled Muslim women were attacked on the streets in different parts of France over the last few months. In one of the latest incidents, a pregnant veiled woman was attacked in Argenteuil, in the suburb of Paris. She miscarried a few days later.

Face-Veil Ban Sparks French Riots.

Written by uocemagna

August 4, 2013 at 3:49 am

Posted in Religion, Sexism

Turkish Protests Are About Democracy, Not Religion | The Nation

Protests in Istanbul rage on after police violence transformed an occupation by a handful of activists in a public park into massive anti-government demonstrations around the country.

Turkish Protests Are About Democracy, Not Religion | The Nation.

Written by uocemagna

June 7, 2013 at 2:02 am

Posted in Religion, Violence

Women of the Wall » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Israelis are a nation, and the State of Israel belongs to this nation. Every citizen, male or female, should be able to pray to whoever he or she wants, in any public place, including the Western Wall.

Women of the Wall » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

Written by uocemagna

May 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm