teej: by <user name=collapsingnight> (rain)
Good points made in relation to yesterday's announcement that the police officer who attacked Ian Tomlinson (who died at the G20 protests last year) will not be facing criminal charges:
Madam Miaow: No police charged in Ian Tomlinson demo death
Liberal Conspiracy: A jury should decide the cause of Ian Tomlinson's death
(If you haven't seen it and can face it, video footage of the attack is on the Guardian website. Also, if you're in the UK, you may wish to sign the 38 degrees petition: Justice for Ian Tomlinson)

On the announcement that Yarl's Wood detention centre 'families wing' is to be closed:
Phil Shiner and Daniel Carey: Yarl's Wood itself is the moral outrage
(Medical Justice archives news coverage related to detention)

Plus, some good blog posts on bad media representations:
Muslimah Media Watch: What Not to Write: More on Bad Veil Headlines  (this is a follow-on from this post: Your Complete Guide to Bad Burqa Puns)
Mediahacker: How to write about Haiti

teej: (hedgehog)
Newsweek takes on feminism on behalf of young white girls everywhere

I haven't read the original Newsweek article and didn't know anything about the ensuing discussion until now, but I found this blog post and discussion between Latoya Peterson and Thea Lim on Racialicious really worth reading. It's a really great dissection of the continuing harm caused by white feminism* exclusion of women of colour and universalising white middle class women's experiences. and how gross and predictable that when the authors were called on it, they pull the 'but we were talking about women not race', 'we all have to stick together' AND the 'here's our WOC friend who agrees with us' crap! 

i think when this happens in big media outlets (as it does over and over and over), there's even less chance of the people being called out being held accountable because they're the ones with big institutional privilege - they don't have to listen because they can assume that the vast majority of their readers will never hear the critique. Plus the mass dissemination has so much more power in terms of influencing people's understanding of what feminism is and should be. That Latoya and Thea had the energy to engage with this so thoroughly (again!) is totally commendable. i hope that the authors of the piece take the time to actually read, reflect and learn from it (but i won't hold my breath!)

And while i'm at it... On  this side of the pond, I've been fuming about the 'Women' documentary on BBC4 earlier this month where the filmmaker interviewed 8 big name white feminists to represent the entirety of 'second wave' feminism, a bunch of mostly white and all middle class heterosexual women, all in long term relationships with the fathers of their children, to represent the entirety of the experience of modern motherhood, and mostly white members of the London Feminist Network to represent contemporary British feminism.... And again the predictable excuses on how this excludes women of colour have been forthcoming from the documentary-maker Vanessa Engle - see her comments in this review on the F-word. Sigh. I just hope not many people watched it...

*Razia Aziz's definition of 'white feminism', which I like a lot.

August 2010

S M T W T F S
1234567
89101112 1314
15161718 192021
22232425262728
293031    

Links

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Oct. 18th, 2017 01:12 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios