This is happening right now at Emily and Anna’s house.
Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex: Towards a Queer, Trans and Feminist Abolition Politic
A wonderful thought provoking panel by Eric Stanley, Dean Spade, Ralowe Ampu, and Vikki Law on Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex.
So when and how does this stuff leave the panels and the books and go out to swell the work of the orgs struggling bravely out there? Whne is it in the pulpit of the churches, the topic of convo in barbershops and supermarkets, discussed in Ebony magazine?
Let’s do it.
thank u george
OMG Ruby do you remember when you were like 7 (?) and you told me that you and your friends liked to play a game you called “Baby George Bush” and I died?
But the truth is that my most recurring fantasy is getting rid of my boobs and dressing like my inner preppy freak.
it’s a privilege to have an audience for your breakdown
it’s a privilege to have enablers for your breakdown
it’s a privilege to be able to game the system in order to get or avoid treatment when you want to
it’s a privilege to operate in a tradition of pretty, famous, suicidal white female writers
it’s a privilege that some dudes love to play savior for sick women
it’s a privilege to be able to get an artist’s grant when you’re sick and can’t work
it’s a privilege to have an id and be good at forms to get food stamps and other government aid
it’s a privilege to be white and have people look surprised when you use your SNAP card
it’s a privilege to have friends with extra money and time to help you
it’s a privilege to have access to recovery groups and pain management groups
60’s women mugshots
their crime was being cool
(clockwise from top left: max, colin, emily, dailyhavis, me,
they used slaves for spare body parts.
Exploitation of Black bodies assure white people can eat. Literally.
One of the earliest theoretical works associated with the contemporary feminist movement that dealt with the subject of rape and race was Shulamith Firestone’s “The Dialectic of Sex: The Case For Feminist Revolution.” Racism in general, so Firestone claims, is actually an extension of sexism. Invoking the biblical notion that “… the races are no more than the various parents and siblings of the Family of Man,” she develops a construct defining the white man as father, the white woman as wife and mother, and Black people as the children. Transposing Freud’s theory of the Oedipus Complex into racial terms, Firestone implies that Black men harbor an uncontrollable desire for sexual relations with white women. They want to kill the father and sleep with the mother. Moreover, in order to “be a man,” the Black man must
… untie himself from his bond with the white female,
relating to her if at all only in a degrading way. In
addition, due to his virulent hatred and jealousy of
her Possessor, the white man, he may lust after her as
a thing to be conquered in order to revenge himself on
the white man.25
Like Brownmiller, MacKellar and Russell, Firestone succumbs to the old racist sophistry of blaming the victim. Whether innocently or consciously, their pronouncements have facilitated the resurrection of the timeworn myth of the Black rapist. Their historical myopia further prevents them from comprehending that the portrayal of Black men as rapists reinforces racism’s open invitation to white men to avail themselves sexually of Black women’s bodies. The fictional image of the Black man as rapist has always strengthened its inseparable companion: the image of the Black woman as chronically promiscuous. For once the notion is accepted that Black men harbor irresistible and animal-like sexual urges, the entire race is invested with bestiality. If Black men have their eyes on white women as sexual objects, then Black women must certainly welcome the sexual attentions of white men. Viewed as “loose women” and whores, Black women’s cries of rape would necessarily lack legitimacy.
(From Women, Race, and Class)