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Vol. 9.1 - A History of Black Feminism in the U.S.
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Black Women who participated in the feminist movement during the 1960s often met with racism. It generally took the form of exclusion: black women were not invited to participate on conference panels which were not specifically about black or Third World women. They were not equally, or even proportionately, represented on the faculty of Women's Studies Departments, nor were there classes devoted specifically to the study of black women's history. In most women's movement writings, the experiences of white, middle class women were described as universal "women's experiences," largely ignoring the differences of black and white women's experiences due to race and class. In addition to this, well-known black women were often treated as tokens; their work was accepted as representing "the" black experience and was rarely ever criticized or challenged.

Part of the overwhelming frustration black women felt within the Women's Movement was at white feminists' unwillingness to admit to their racism. This unwillingness comes from the sentiment that those who are oppressed can not oppress others. White women, who were (and still are) without question sexually oppressed by white men, believed that because of this oppression they were unable to assume the dominant role in the perpetuation of white racism; however, they have absorbed, supported and advocated racist ideology and have acted individually as racist oppressors.
black  women  whiteness  feminism  history 
22 days ago by UnchartedWorlds
Gradient Lair - Black Bodies: Objects For White Profit, Power and Pleasure
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many White people demand the right–the right, to touch Black women’s hair. (And what’s been weird, in my experience, is that White women seem to think they have this right more than White men, because we share gender.)
women  racism  boundaries  bodies 
22 days ago by UnchartedWorlds
The Trump Administration’s Onslaught Against Trans Rights Continues
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Transphobic policies may be instituted on the grounds of “protecting women,” but in practice, all they do is institute a hellish panopticon where everyone is constantly inspected for signs of gender nonconformity, and where the only way to stay safe — or employed — is to present as the absolute most stereotypical version of your assigned sex at all times.
usa  law  2019  sexism  clothes  trans  women  lgbt 
6 weeks ago by UnchartedWorlds
comment on “When Tables Speak”: On the Existence of Trans Philosophy (guest post by Talia Mae Bettcher) - Daily Nous
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I think ordinary language, for instance, doesn’t come down one way or another on whether trans women are women, because ordinary language is very confused on this topic. Some ordinary speakers clearly take trans women to be women, others don’t.
women  language  ontology 
10 weeks ago by UnchartedWorlds
Weinstein’s Victims Get Sympathy, R. Kelly’s Get Ignored | Cassius | born unapologetic | News, Style, Culture
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White women have hurt us; the history of this country is wrought with examples, from the plantation to the ballot box, with a horrifying story emerging from the University of Hartford just this week, as a white co-ed faces charges for poisoning her Black roommate in hopes that she would move out.
women  whiteness  racism  abuse 
12 weeks ago by UnchartedWorlds
my employee keeps commenting on my looks — Ask a Manager
Comment from "Jen in Oregon":
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While I do think we need to not be as concerned about this as we still are, I think we women need to give ourselves a break about the fact that we’re still worried about how to stop offense without being offensive back. In situations like this, it’s probably more than *just* social conditioning–it’s an evolutionary instinct to help us stay alive. Even in 2019, it’s hard to separate with any certainty the 98%* run-of-the-mill misogynists that will act all butt-hurt–and might try to cause you problems at work–for being called out on their assholery from the 2% willing to physically hurt you, if not kill you, for damaging their ego.

*These percentages were made up.
women  men  work  harassment  communication  risk 
june 2019 by UnchartedWorlds
When Workers Went on Strike to Defend a Trans Colleague—and Ended Up Occupying Their Factory | Left Voice
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Fighting against trans prejudice strengthened the unity of the workforce and prepared them for the fight against the mass layoffs. It does not divide the working class to fight the special oppression that some workers suffer. Quite the opposite: Oppression divides the working class, and the struggle against oppression unites it.

Debates on the socialist left today often make it sound as if the left must choose between defending the interests of workers or fighting for the rights of people who suffer trans oppression. Either/or. But this is not the case. It is when workers are on the forefront of every struggle against oppression that they can effectively close ranks against the bosses—real unity can only be attained on the basis of equal rights.

The Madygraf workers now enjoy an eight-hour workday, higher wages and lasting job security. Many housewives who were active on the women’s commission have now joined the workforce, as the Madygraf assembly decided, ending the previous owners’ sexist hiring policy. The factory now offers free childcare. The women’s commission is now at the forefront of Argentina’s movement for abortion rights.
work  activism  examples  trans  women  solidarity  feminism  abortion 
june 2019 by UnchartedWorlds
You Keep Using This Phrase, “Adult Human Females”
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The phrase “trans women are women” is not really a claim about how someone “identifies” at all; it is a claim about how trans women are treated, how we came to be, what it is like to be in our bodies. These are realities grounded in the facts of social being, not phantasmatic identification.
trans  women  ontology 
may 2019 by UnchartedWorlds
Why Female Leaders Are Not Necessarily Better for Women | The New Republic
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Don’t let misleadingly universalizing, feel-good feminist rhetoric distract from the most crucial question: What does each candidate intend to do with the power they’re seeking?
women  politics  uk  usa  analysis  2019 
april 2019 by UnchartedWorlds
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