you do not need to go to college or spend a single fucking dime on “workshops” to be a feminist. working class women are in fact capable of being feminists and even *gasp* creating theories of their own that highlight how classism intersects with misogyny. do not let affluent fluff feminists selling you their porn, educational “”workshops”“, or books on “how 2 b a sexxxxxy feminist” let you think any different. hint hint: making a profit and turning the women’s movement into a money making enterprise is their #1 priority.
bottom line: working class women deserve better from the feminist movement.
Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action
StopPatriarchy Activist Sunsara Taylor
Kajsa Ekis Ekman speaks about the politics of surrogacy at The Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney (30 - 31 August, 2014)
Ferguson’s experience offers lessons in integration (x)
This lines up with studies done on housing segregation a while back. The “racial tipping point” was about 8%. In other words once the perception of the neighborhood was that more than 8% of it was non-white, people (and by that I mean white people) started moving.
While housing segregation has been institutionally enforced (de jure) it’s very commonly individually practiced (de facto).
I’ve been saying this for a very long time and now the studies are bearing it out:
When most white people say “diversity,” what they actually mean is “tokenism.” They actually mean “as long as whites remain dominant and aren’t outnumbered by those Others, then YAY for ‘diversity’ and all the props I get for supporting it!”
Sports Editor at The Nation, Dave Zirin
This is the society we live in: it’s difficult for women and people socialised as women to assert their boundaries because they were trained to have no boundaries, and consequently, have to build them up as adults. It’s hard for us to scream in people’s faces, or say ‘no,’ and we have to learn this — which is why some self-defense classes have entire programs dedicated to getting participants to scream, to yell, to shout for help. To get them used to coming at a man wearing heavy gear, pounding at him with all they’ve got, saying ‘NO!‘
And the consequence of learning boundaries and creating a safer world for ourselves is that we’re punished for it. We’re oversensitive, we’re bitches, we’re cunts, we’re being ridiculous. This is a society that takes our boundaries away at birth on the basis of the genitals we’re dealt, and then registers deep offense when we seize them back.