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“ Homophobia isn’t the same as heteronormativity, at all, and I think that heteronormativity can be harder to fight because it’s so subconscious, so deeply ingrained throughout our entire society in all kinds of cultural productions, TV, film, books, everything. It’s everywhere. That’s harder to fight. ”— Malinda Lo (via arcadiaego)
“ More importantly: if you are going around asking people to speak at your event and they are generally under-represented at your event (say, women at a tech conference), you need to avoid treating them in a special way. Nobody wants to be invited to speak because of their gender, or skin colour, or sexual orientation, or whatever else. Nobody likes special treatment. Nobody likes to be the token-representative. ”— Beating the Odds - How we got 25% Women Speakers for JSConf EU 2012
Your personal experience of oppression doesn’t pardon your contribution to other means of oppression, your suffering doesn’t give you the right to put an innocent third party through equal or worse suffering and the longevity and normalization of an oppressive act doesn’t warrant its continuance.
“ Not every white person is a racist, but the genius of racism is that you don’t have to participate to enjoy the spoils. If you’re white, you can be completely oblivious, passively accepting the status quo, and reap the rewards. ”— Mychal Denzel Smith, “White People Have to Give Up Racism” (via dauphinexvx)
Assemblyman Pushes for Native American Day to Replace Columbus Day
Instead of Columbus Day, California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, has introduced legislation that would recognize the second Monday in October as Native American Day.
“ One thing to point out is that when masculinity is used to insult women it is almost always used to imply that she is ugly, where femininity is used to insult a man’s value, strength, courage, etc. The idea then is that a manly woman is bad because she is less appealing to men, while a womanly man is just bad. ”— suntag on “Woman” as an Insult
“ When Stuyvesant says that women’s dress and bodies are distraction in a learning environment, for example, what they’re really saying is that they’re distracting to male students. The default student we are concerned about - the student whose learning we want to ensure is protected - is male. Never mind how “distracting” it is to be pulled from class, humiliated, and made to change outfits - publicly degrading young women is small price to pay to make sure that a boy doesn’t have to suffer through the momentary distraction of glancing at a girl’s legs. When this dentist in Iowa can fire his assistant for turning him on - even though she’s done absolutely nothing wrong - the message again is that it’s men’s ability to work that’s important.— From my latest at The Nation, “Asking For It” (via jessicavalenti)
And when rape victims are blamed for the crime committed against them, the message is the same: This is something that happened to the perpetrator, who was driven to assault by a skirt, or a date, or the oh-so-sexy invitation of being passed out drunk. Women have infringed on their right to exist without being turned on. (Ta-Nehisi Coates describes this centering of male sexual vulnerability quite well.) Our very presence is a disruption of the male status quo. ”
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