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August 20th, 2010

Remapping the Revolution

A painting of a woman leading revolutionaries in the French Revolution

If you read much about culture, especially music, you will see a lot of this type of thing — where’s the underground? what is avant-garde? what’s really bohemian now? what’s the real counterculture? where is the DIY insurgency? where’s the radical new youth movement that will make us obsolete? where is the new thing that will carry the new flag against the new establishment? what’s subversive now? what’s cutting-edge? is punk dead? is hip-hop?

For instance: anyone saying the notion of an underground is “over” is generally seen as delivering some kind of bad news, right?

So let’s just note that this is the mental map lots of people seem to carry around and use to figure out where they’re standing, culture-wise. There’s a big gray row of buildings representing the establishment, and then there’s some district of basements, warehouses, lofts, and garages where the vibrant and challenging and revolutionary thing is.

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August 20th, 2010

"‘Christine died of a broken heart,’ Diana says. ‘She wasn’t confused about whether she was meant to…"

“‘Christine died of a broken heart,’ Diana says. ‘She wasn’t confused about whether she was meant to be a woman. Any other reading of the situation is disrespectful to her memory.’ Mike Penner and Christine Daniels had separate funerals.”


Mike Penner, Christine Daniels: A Tragic Love Story - LA Weekly

The emphasis on being accepted by other women is important, I think. I was reading the transcript of an interview with a trans woman at work and she repeatedly noted that the most important thing to her were her straight, cis-gendered, female friends. I could speculate why that is but I think it would be disrespectful—however, if anyone would like to respond or comment, that would be very welcome. This will go from Tumble to my regular blog within the house, and that has commenting function.

It does reinforce, to me, why transphobia in feminism might be particularly hurtful to transwomen, and how important it is for us to be better allies to trans folks in general. I don’t want to read any more stories like this, so sad.

Related: What Happened to Christine Daniels’ Blog? 

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August 20th, 2010

Important: Jane Doe #225: I can understand why someone wouldn’t call themselves a feminist

Important: Jane Doe #225: I can understand why someone wouldn't call themselves a feminist:

I see feminists who don’t think trans women are real women and use the wrong pronouns all the time. I see someone totally disregarding the feelings of pwd by constantly saying things like crazy . When they get called out on it all the other feminists hold their hand and try to convince they are good people but they ignore the feelings of pwd. The same argument over hijabs happen without any input from Muslim women.

Feminist isn’t about empowering already privileged women. But that is what it seems like. Actions speak louder than words, being a feminist doesn’t mean you get a pass when saying something oppressive. Part of being a feminist actually means owning up to your mistakes, apologizing and never doing it again. It also means actually trying to learn about other oppressions.

Basically what I’m saying is, feminism isn’t Reganomics. Trying to focus on white cisgender middle to upper class heterosexual women won’t trickle down to marginalized groups. Looking at it from the outside I can understand why someone wouldn’t call themselves a feminist because why would  anyone want to be included in a group where they actively try to deny your existence?

You can have feminist values without actually calling yourself a feminist.

So yeah there goes my rant.

It’s frustrating when a movement that I see as trying to end inequalities often perpetuates other ones.

I still call myself a feminist, because I do believe in feminism at it’s core (and I think these values fit in perfectly with being against racism, transphobia, ableism, etc.) I think that feminism is about ending oppression in regards to gender, but to be successful you need to end others as well. —femonster:

August 20th, 2010

I’m happy, in love with life and even more in love with…

I’m happy, in love with life and even more in love with plaid!

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