This Veteran’s Day, we should remember that in opposing the American military-industrial complex, we must remain pro-veteran. There are many instances in which it is not possible to separate an individual from an institution. However, to conflate an individual veteran with the institutional, historical violence that the U.S. has committed would be irresponsible, especially when considering that some personnel have greater choice than others about enlisting
The truth is that the patriarchal, capitalist values which dominate American society are what allow Spacey and others like him to use their status as rich (often white) influential men to abuse others and never be held accountable. But because powerful perpetrators of sexual violence never face real consequences for their actions, no one knows what real accountability even looks like.
It is crucial that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram users understand that digital blackface does not exist in a social media vacuum; rather the painful legacy of blackface — as just one agent of White Supremacy — must be considered in order to grasp the depth of this issue.
Throughout her lifetime of writing, Anzaldúa consistently contributed to theories countering social oppression, spanning topics that encompassed her intersectional identities. She let her spirituality and emotions weave through her prose and poetry in meaningful and enlightening ways. Her work is a strong and captivating addition to postcolonial and intersectional feminism, proving that theories and social critique can be amplified by passion and rage.
But what is often missed, is that violence is a byproduct of oppression. It is an act of self-defense toward a body that poses a true threat to the lives of millions of people. It is a desperate outcry against ignored injustice enacted by oppressors.
It’s as if, after centuries of feminist progress, we still can’t conceptualize a woman who can both blow glitter into a Polaroid camera and write essays on Gramsci’s theory of cultural hegemony.
The argument behind SWERF ideology tends to be that sex workers become the victims of sexual objectification, exploitation, and violence; and that, by participating in this kind of industry, sex workers become co-perpetrators of these crimes. While most feminist schools support an individual’s right to choose what sexual activities they do or do not engage in, SWERFs take it upon themselves to tell other people what and what not to do with their bodies.
Tate, a professional cuddler and dominatrix, helps navigate through the world of highly misrepresented and societally stigmatized forms of arts – arts that she firmly believes are therapeutic. In the same line as massages and acupuncture, cuddling and BDSM are elements of touch therapy. The following excerpts are from an in-person interview with Tate, and from her blog.
Everyone knows about the natural processes menstruating bodies are cycling through, but expect “it” to remain invisible (especially cisgender men) — out of sight and out of mind.
These attitudes, along with inflammatory rhetoric, often lead to violence, apathy and scapegoating on the part of Western populations. This in turn perpetuates a dangerous cycle of alienation and marginalization for non-white, non-Christian people, especially women, and particularly for those who wear hijab.