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So in the hope of motivating myself to write more in this journal I took the leap and added myself to the Giant non-fandom friending meme. So hi to the new friends/followers/whatever you're supposed to call people on here, welcome! 

I'm also going through and adding quite a few people from there so if you have come here because I have added you, here is my entry to give you some idea of what kind of things I will be/am using this journal for. Feel free to follow or not as your heart desires!
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"A Nigerian man on hunger strike has died on the tarmac at Zurich airport after Swiss authorities tried to deport him using a special flight to deport asylum seekers ...

Police said they had shackled the man because he had resisted deportation. Two Nigerian witnesses quoted by the Swissinfo news website accused the police of inhumane treatment....

"They shackled our feet, knees, hands, hips, arms and torso and made us wear a helmet like those worn by boxers. It was simply impossible to move," he said...." [link to whole article]



Jan. 3rd, 2010 12:00 am
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Probably not as amusing or interesting to anyone else but after having just spent the day reading dull and predictable Guardian articles about feminism (for research purposes!) the stupidity eventually got so stupid it turned funny and i just had to share it with someone...

A reader's letter from 2006 sent in response to an article about the state of feminism

Natasha Walter's excellent article raises many pertinent issues, but ignores the destructive part that trendy male post-structuralists have played in analysing the experiences of women. Poststructuralists deny even that "women" are a common category, sharing certain social and economic conditions. We need to remind ourselves - as bell hooks once famously pronounced - the master's tools will never dismantle the master's table.
June Purvis
University of Portsmouth


number 1. "trendy male post-structuralists"? because there are no women into post-structuralism are there, june?? because there are no *gasp in horror* feminists into poststructuralism?? or a whole fucking field of study?? no of course its just those evil males trying to deconstruct the sisterhood into oblivion!


number 2. "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's table"??? oh my.


not only has she got the quote wrong but more disturbing, it was audre lorde who said it not bell hooks. but, you know, they are both black feminists, so i guess that's where the confusion lies! Possibly the worst mis-use, mis-quote and appropriation of Lorde/hooks I have yet to come across (which is quite a phenomenon by the way).

June Purvis, you may note, is affiliated with the university of Portsmouth. She is in fact Professor of Women's and Gender History there. She gets paid to, you know, know stuff about feminism and teach it to students. Which is really not so funny when it comes down to it...
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Oh ffs, could this article be any more dull and predictable?

Why does every single liberal/left media article about this supposed 'new feminism' have to quote and reference the exact same (white, cis, class privileged...) women/groups each and every time? 

I remember having this same frustrated conversation with a friend about this article about almost to the day a year ago. Oh yeah, and then there was this one, and this one and... well i'm sure I can dig some more out but really I have better things to do with my Saturday night/Sunday morning. Like sleep.

Reclaim the Night, Object, Natasha Walter and Finn Mackay are not the be-all and end-all of contemporary British feminism you know (in fact a lot of us, including myself, object to these groups or people representing us at all). To perpetuate this myth is not only lazy and blinkered journalism, but works to marginalise other feminist perspectives, and in particular, to reinforce white, middle class cis women's dominance within British feminism.

Not in my fucking name.

And goodnight.
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Yep, that's my university. I was seriously considering leaving this summer because of this whole mess and all the redundancies that are going on, but decided to stay and in a way I feel quite hopeful about it now. Everything seems quite up in the air, they've appointed a new vice-chancellor and it's possible that may be a turning point. There are a lot of good people working at London Met, and lots of good students as well. Now it is time for the management to decide who should get punished for their 'mistakes'. Obviously the university's now in a mess because of reduced funding, and those who caused this situation should do the right thing and step down before it's too late to turn the situation around.

h/t Save London Met University!


Nov. 18th, 2009 10:01 pm
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Because I can't include more than 10 direct links from my dreamwidth, I've decided to do a separate entry as a blogroll, then link to this instead.

So here's a list of some of the blogs that I like to read, that make me think, where I learn lots of stuff. Although I can't always keep up with all the content and I'm rubbish at commenting, but I'm trying to get better about that.

Avowed Virago
bird of paradox
Black Looks
Cleaner Light
Crazy Like Us?
Diary of an Anxious Black Woman
flip flopping joy
Get There Steppin'
Having Read the Fine Print...
Like a Whisper
Look left of the pleiades
Mothers for Women's Lib
Muslimah Media Watch
Problem Chylde
Questioning Transphobia
Raven's Eye
Resist Racism
Sexual Ambiguities
The Angry Black Woman
The Curvature
The Deal with Disability
Ultra Violet
Vegans of Color
Zero at the Bone

there's lots more in my google reader too, I may add to this later

(I'm just procrastinating really, I should be working but am too tired and this seemed like an easier thing to get my brain around)
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I don't know how many times I have quoted this but it remains as relevant as ever.

“In attempting to shift the ground of feminist discourse, the adversary has at times appeared to be white feminists but is in fact, I would venture, white feminism – by which I expressly do not mean any feminism espoused by white feminists. I refer, rather, to any feminism which comes from a white perspective, and universalizes it.

I do not propose that white feminism is a clearly defined, coherent and internally consistent body of thought that feeds off conscious racist intentions. It is, rather, a way of seeing which, however inadvertent, leaves identifiable traces. It subsists through a failure to consider both the wider social and political context of power in which feminist utterances and actions take place, and the ability of feminism to influence that context.”

- Razia Aziz, "Feminism and the challenge of racism: Deviance or difference?", in Black British Feminism: A Reader (ed. by Heidi Safia Mirza, 1997)

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White feminists and queers, listen:

“Infantilization of judgment is a dulling of the ability to read critically, and with maturity of judgment, those texts and situations in which race and ethnicity are salient. It appears to me as a flight into a state in which one cannot be critical or responsible: a flight into those characteristics of childhood that excuse ignorance and confusion, and that appeal to authority. If the description “child” is an appropriate description of white/Anglas in the context of racism and ethnocentrism, then to ascribe responsibility to them for the understanding and undoing of these phenomena is inappropriate. If a child, the white/Angla can be guilty of racism and ethnocentrism innocently, unmarked and untouched in her goodness, confused with good reason, a passive learner because she cannot exercise her judgment with maturity. But, of course, she is not a child. She is an ethnocentric racist.

Infantilization of judgment is a form of ethnocentric racism precisely because it is a self-indulgent denial of one’s understanding of one’s culture and its expressing racism... In infantilization of judgment, the racist attempts to hide that she understands racism as a participant.”
- María Lugones, "Hablanda Cara a Cara/Speaking Face to Face: An Exploration of Ethnocentric Racism" in Pilgrimages / Peregrinajes: Theorizing  Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions (2003)
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I'm working on something longer in response to this racist crap but I don't have the brain energy to finish it right now... But if you haven't heard about it yet, short version is Peter Tatchell has responded to an article in which his imperialist queer politics are critiqued with a racist, defensive and undermining attack on the authors, which has basically forced the book which the chapter appears in out of print. Grassroots Feminism has a roundup of links which is a good place to start.

The chapter is "Gay Imperialism: Gender and Sexuality Discourse in the 'War on Terror", by Jin Haritaworn, Tamsila Tauqir and Esra Erdem, and it's in the book Out of Place: Interrogating Silences in Queerness/Raciality (ed. Adi Kuntsman & Esperanza Miyake, 1998).
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For any LJ friends still around... I've set up a dreamwidth account and will be posting from there from now. They'll automatically x-post to LJ for now and you can still comment on LJ as well - may change this later, but as not many people comment anyway, I don't want to make it harder for people ;)

Ok, that's all i wanted to say for now. But there will be more soon..........

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