Posts tagged: feminism
Carolee Schneemann, Up to and including her limits, Berlin, 1976
You are the reason I don’t feel safe walking home at night. You are the reason I keep my keys in my hand, testing their sharp edges. You are the reason I wonder how quickly I can run away. You are the reason I weigh the pros and cons of fighting back. You are the reason I wonder if I would ever be able to get over it if I were raped. You are the reason my drink is always in my hand. You are the reason I will tell a friend to call me when I’m supposed to be home from a date. You are the reason I don’t smile at strangers on the street, because I worry that a simple smile will be interpreted as a come-on. You are the reason I cross my legs and arms and avoid eye contact with strangers on public transportation. You are the reason my headphones are always in my ears, even if I’m not listening to music. You are the reason I have to fake a cell phone conversation. You are the reason I have to make an actual call if I am walking alone.
in short: this is an amazing article. Posted a few weeks back, but no less relevant. Read it here.
I love the ending:
So when I yell back, “FUCK YOU”, know this. I am also shouting out a powerful, “FUCK YES!” Yes to a world without rape. Yes to a world without harassment of any kind, to a world without colonialism, imperialism, sexism, misogyny, racism, poverty, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, classism, ableism, ageism, fatphobia… Fuck yes! Fuck yes to honest relationships, to loving activism, to deep self-reflection. Yes to working harder at being inclusive, to listening, to being anti-oppressive in all aspects of my life. Yes to the frustration, tears and laughter that work will incorporate. Yes to learning from my mistakes. Yes to confronting privilege in myself and in others. Yes to speaking up. Fuck yes to better friendships, safer and fun sex, more art, more music, more dancing, more play. Yes to safer spaces. Yes to multiple, intersecting identities. Yes to community, to no more hierarchies and more collectivity.
“So even though you made me feel disempowered, I’m going to turn towards my rage, the fire that has always driven me to work and create. Rage will fuel my love. I am so grateful for the brave self-identified women in my life. I am so grateful for my loving queer community. I am so grateful for my loving communities of colour. I am so grateful for the feminist communities in my life. I am so grateful for the self-identified men of quality in my life. I am so grateful to my allies and my chosen family in struggle. And I am damn grateful for myself.”
Yell back every fucking time.
Read this!! Also, ZINELIBRARY EXISTS. I see a new obsession about to develop
8 page mini-zine
Get it Here
I just finished printing and reading this little mini-zine on girl love. What Happened to Sisterhood is a free one page zine available at Zine Library that gives a short lesson on how our patriarchal society teaches girls to be jealous of and compete against each other instead of banding together and supporting one another. It covers slut shaming, body policing, name calling and internalized oppression.
There is lots of great info packed into a tiny one page zine. These would be great to print out, carry around and hand out whenever the need arises. Or to just leave around various places such as libraries, magazine racks, makeup counters, etc.
Probably the first time I’ve ever agreed strongly with someone on Fox News.
“You know the one thing Chris Brown is guilty of?” “What?” “A felony.”
This. So much this.
I legitimately never thought I would see the day when I got excited about something that Fox News did….
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