(Source: rogue-brainship, via thingsthatverbme)
if calling people out and/or attempting to have actual conversations about oppression when people fuck up isn’t actual “activism” and is pointless and results in no change
why do so many people put so much effort into silencing those that dare speak up
you’re complaining about other people complaining and saying there’s no benefit, no power in these words, these call outs, these discussions, but, so, WHY ARE YOU EVEN TALKING THEN
your irritation proves that we’re doing something right
your discomfort is significant
hey nice messages would be really appreciated?
I’m not in danger or anything, I’m just. really triggered and anxious all day and my meds aren’t kicking in and yeah.
anyone whos’ got the spoons I’d really appreciate it, I’ll turn anon on in a sec here
i wish people would stop blaming us crazies for violence when we live in a world in which violence is in no way irrational
i mean, who’s surprised when a white guy is violent? every time a white dude’s power is challenged he’s bound to get angry about it. and white male anger=violence. the combination of patriarchy and white supremacy, and the sense of entitlement it grants, is fucking terrifying.
not to mention the fact that the state never hesitates to use violent tactics to control & keep marginalized people in their place. isn’t this shit taught to us from an early age?
but it’s just way easier and more convenient to separate ourselves from these so-called isolated incidents and NEVER consider the systemic reasons someone may be violent.
There is an every growing cry of “Loss of Freedoms” when dealing with bigoted words and actions. To a bigot, being able to say something bigoted is part of their freedom. Well, they’re right. It is. The thing they seem to have such a difficult time understanding is that when someone else speaks out against their bigotry, freedom of speech is also being used.
People that say things like, “So much for freedom of speech” or “I have freedom of speech, I can say anything I want” in reaction to someone else’s use of the same freedom are not talking about freedom, rights or even liberty. Although, they always try to couch it as such.
No, what these people are talking about is control. They are usually people who’ve never been told that their voice wasn’t important, valued or wanted. Therefore, when they say something bigoted and someone speaks out against it, they are enraged not by what they claim as “Loss of freedom” but instead that they (and like minded people) are not the only persons allowed to have said freedoms.
They yearn for the “Good ole days” where they were the only person allowed to talk in certain groups. They don’t believe in liberty and freedom. They believe that THEY should be free and all else should be under their personal control.
“I have freedom of speech” is very likely coming from someone who does in fact have freedom of speech. Their problem? They believe they are the ONLY ones who have it. Or at least, the only person who should have it.
brief thoughts on allyship and solidarity work:
- #notcute when folks take on ‘ally’ as an identity
- sometimes i favor language like ‘in solidarity’ over ‘allyship’ because in solidarity applies a state of constantly being critical and working to examine how our privileges affect our ability to do work with folks who don’t have our privileges. ‘allyship’ a lot of times feels like sympathy
- regardless of what the language is i do want to say that a lot of the tough feelings we have around allyship are valid. but i think we need to start really believing ourselves and telling ourselves that we have the right to define what solidarity and allyship actually looks like. i am making a commitment to stop using my energy to line item focus on every fucked up ‘ally’ there is out there and will be remembering more often that i have room to make demands - that i, in fact, do not need to use the dominant model for allyship as the cornerstone of solidarity work. we are told that we have to accept the dominant, mainstreamed, white washed structure and model for allyship and we forget that we can define these things.
- as i am working to be better in solidarity in the places where i experience privilege, i am making room for compassion and trusting that we can create a better process, can find another way.
- many of us are not exclusively ‘the oppressed’ and many of us are not exclusively ‘the oppressor’ which pushes me to consistently learn about what being in solidarity means. and because we are people with multiple, contradicting, conflicting identities, i want to believe and i have faith that we are all seeking to be better people, committed to justice and righteousness and liberation.
ugggggggh this show is so traumatic but
tucky williams is so hot
btw that study that did the 97%/3% body language/actual speech thing only focused on like, simple yes or no questions, of course if someone asks you ‘do you have the pencil’ and you nod you don’t need speech at all, but body language isn’t the BE ALL AND END ALL or rosetta stone wouldn’t be financially viable.
Cathy Brennan, radical “feminist,” has set her sights on a young black activist in Baltimore County, MD. Phylicia Sampson is being taken to court by Brennan, a notorious harasser of trans women and their supporters. Sampson is a recent college grad with few resources, no car and no way to fight back without your help.
As a community, we’ve suffered Brennan’s assaults for a long time—her blog is the best known for outing trans women’s personal information. She believes trans women are men who are infiltrating the feminist community and expends her resources fighting them. The idea that she is now taking her harassment to a legal venue is horrifying. That she has selected a young black woman with few resources to fight back is repugnant.
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omigod I am so sick of this monster of a woman PLEASE help a girl out