Madeleine Albright, Gloria Steinem, and the Problem with White Feminism

It shouldn’t depress me as muchMadeleine Albright Hillary Clinton as it does, but I’m somehow always more disappointed when people who share my n
ame do stupid things. Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem stepped up this week to talk about feminism and how it relates to Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton. Which is something that needs to be said, for all that Senator Bernie Sanders the sort of guy who practices what he preaches, he also has the benefit of being able to do so. Because he is a white man, he has privileges others don’t.

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How to Be An Ally

Fear of being wrong is one of the main factors that prevents people from being even halfway decent allies, they’re just so overwhelmed with the fact that they may be called out for not being perfect that they don’t even bother to help their fellow humans. I will freely admit that being an ally – to any group – is tough because it forces you to examine your own privilege. You are an Ally because you are a member of the privileged class who has decided to stand up for the marginalized. That means that you benefit from privilege. Even if you are a member of one marginalized group, no person exists in a vacuum. I’m an asexual, disabled woman and yeah the last part is hard for me to admit, but I’m also white and from an affluent family which makes me pretty damn privileged despite the non-hetero, disabled portion of my existence. I benefit from “benevolent sexism” all the damn time because of my whiteness and cisgendered-ness. Just because benevolent sexism is also sexist behavior, that doesn’t mean I don’t benefit from it.

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Unpacking Your Own Bias

Self-Actualization Stock PhotoIn Social Justice circles, we talk a lot about examining your own privilege and understanding your own biases, but we don’t talk about HOW people are supposed to go about these things. We only tell them to do it. We don’t even offer any kind of support system because unpacking your own internalized bias is the sort of process you’re never really done with. There are all sorts of biases that are thrust upon us as children and take a long time to exorcise from our brains and even then, nothing really ever goes away. Read the rest at Issues of Humanity.

The Biggest Problem with the Men’s Rights Movement is the Men’s Rights Movement

MRAThe words “Men’s Rights Activist” have become a shorthand for the stereotype of a fedora-wearing misogynist who spends most of his days trolling websites, shouting the word “femi-nazis,” and man-splaining all over the place. Unfortunately for these staunch supporters of Men’s Rights, they’ve gone and completely destroyed whatever credibility the Men’s Rights movement may have had. There are certainly issues that men face which are not given main stream attention, however, most of these stem from our patriarchal society’s insistence on strict gender roles. Toxic masculinity is a symptom of the patriarchy, which we feminist have been harping on about for a few generations now.

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Ableism and Disability Erasure in the Social Justice Community

disabilityI recently got into a bit of a fight on the internet over Social Justice blogs and erasure. Long story short, a blogger that I respect (much as we may disagree) argued that Social Justice blogs and sites that don’t talk about the issues of disabled people are inherently bigots because they contribute to erasure. Which, valid point seeing as most SJ blogs and articles focus more on LGBTQ issues, race issues, and feminist ones, without inclusion of disabilities. Read the rest at Issues of Humanity.

Asexy and Who Cares?

Aven LogoThis week is Asexual Awareness Week, I keep seeing posts on the internet, mostlyTumblr, about how a lot of Asexuals felt like they were “broken” before they learned of the more clinical term, and of the supportive online community. The Asexual Visibility campaign has been gaining a lot of traction. Seems like every few weeks there’s another article somewhere about it. Which is cool. More people knowing about it means fewer people think that they’re “broken”. Trust me, I’ve been there and it sucks. Read the rest at Issues of Humanity.