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July 4th, 2012

machamechamama: and: *F*eminist is a *critique*. when you imagine my voice saying this word—please…


and: *F*eminist is a *critique*.

when you imagine my voice saying this word—please feel free to imagine a snarl on my face when i say it. it is a *critique* and it comes with value judgement.

i’ve never needed to be attributed. women of color have used the word repeatedly without ever once attributing me and i haven’t ever one single time EVER thought even for a *second* on it. because I know that THEY are using it with a full and complete understanding of the critique.

but this is what makes me mad.

somehow “attribute” became code white folk word for “basic respect.”

can you talk about the theories/analysis of women of color without being astonished that you really aren’t the first person to come up with the idea?

do you see that the *surprise* you show that you aren’t the expert you thought you were is what all of us sees and understands and is so fucking familiar to our very DNA that it sort of makes us gag a bit when we see it?

oh, fuck, white folks are *surprised* again.

do you know that *surprise* is what lets *F*eminists get away with culling words like “justice” and “accountable” and “transformative”?

because it makes *sense* that some chicanas are baby carrying anchor babies and that we present a *problem* to the immigration system—but it’s a shock! a suprise! that some poor mami in the rust belt could ever possibly come up with anything that contributes to anything important? i.e. white discourse?

why is it easier to insist on attribution from your punk white asses than it is to explain basic fucking human respect?

why do you understand *ownership*, but basic respect as a deep thinking *equal* to you is some astonishing ass shit and you need some links?

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