The alienation that we experience as students isn’t just a “personal issue”; it’s a consequence of our overbearing social structures.
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” If George Orwell replaced the word “people” with “women,” he may very well have been anticipating the predicament surrounding the word “bitch” today.
What we need are more humbled, self-reflective anti-imperialisms. What we cannot forget is that, as members of imperial nations, we are so intricately complicit in projects of “Othering.”
Like all social justice movements that reach the mainstream, gun control rhetoric faces the danger of echoing the very oppressive ideologies it seeks to challenge.
On one hand, makeup is one of the few art forms historically dominated by women, and I do appreciate its versatility and personal variety. But at its core, makeup constitutes an enormous industry fueled by patriarchal manipulation and capitalistic greed.
Mitsuye Yamada is a Japanese American writer, educator, and activist. Her works expose the discrimination faced by Japanese Americans during and after World War II, while tackling issues of representation and gender violence.
Safe spaces, often misrepresented as sheltering their inhabitants and stifling outsiders’ opinions, are generally intended by their creators to encourage identity-focused conversation without risk of physical or emotional harm.
The real issue is not that individuals don’t take care of themselves, but that society does not take care of individuals. The heightened interest in self care is simply a result of this fact.
The movement against gentrification must be explicitly militant and anti-capitalist. Liberal fantasies of peaceful protest and voted reform do nothing as they exist in a ruthless capitalist complex. Furthermore, adhering to the capitalist, individualistic conception of “the artist” separates art from life. We must foster imagination which centers marginalized voices, rebel against the art world elite, and refuse exploitation by institutions.
Davis has since become the figurehead for the prison abolition movement, a movement that calls into question what it means to be a criminal within a white-supremacist capitalist society.