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Links: October 22, 2011

22 Oct

Photo by Caroline Schiff (click photo for Flickr page)

See? Occupy Wall Street doesn’t have leaders! There just happens to be a bunch of white men standing above everyone else and saying things.

Feministe: “Steven Greenstreet proves he’s definitely not a misogynist by making rape jokes.” . . . one of men who made the “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street” video is a total creep in several other ways! Like making rape jokes, stating that “an erection legitimizes everything”, and tracking down photos of a feminist blogger to make pervy comments about her. (Warning for the comments section. They’re letting in ‘dissenters’.)

Pandagon also has some interesting information to share about Mr. Greenstreet.

Ball Buster: “#occupybaltimore discourages police involvement in sexual assault cases”

The Crawdad Hole: “Dudebro Occupation”. . . more on Occupy Baltimore’s literature discouraging sexual assault victims from reporting it to the police.

I Blame the Patriarchy: “Storytime Korner”. . . very good comment thread with lots of other women commiserating about how male-focused Occupy is.

RadFemCrafts: “#OCCUPYHARRISBURG #BRO”

Echidne of the Snakes: from Suzie, “Occupying public space”. . .

How revolutionary it would be for feminists to occupy a public space day after day.

Scum-O-Rama: a new graphic, “we are occupy wall street. join us, bitches!”

I’ve already linked to FCM’s OWS post on Rad Fem Hub a couple of times, but to make this a more complete link roundup, here it is again: “Anarchist Politics Inform Occupy Wall Street”. The comment section is still very active!

From complex-brown on Tumblr, “BLACK OUT! At Occupy Philadelphia”:

We had a Black Out! at Occupy Philadelphia. Why?

Saturday,  two sisters were called Niggers by two of the volunteers at Occupy Philadelphia at the cell-phone charging stations.  They were also told to go back to Africa, and that each white man should own a slave. When the sista’s called security, security asked them to leave the premises [. . .]

Many of the people there to support Occupy Philadelphia came to us to tell us that all of us are people and that race is behind us! They told us that we were being divisive. Bullshit.

When we circled up to come up with a constructive way to address the people, we were constantly interrupted by white people who could not respect our safe space. These people said that it was a public space, and we couldn’t have a group that excuded them. [. . .]

As the sister was talking about her experience, there were some members in support, and there were even members who came up to us afterwards to show support. But many of the people were asking us to hurry up, calm down and finish.

From an article in Shakesville’s OWS link roundup:

Facilitators spearheaded a General Assembly proposal to limit the drumming to two hours a day. “The drumming is a major issue which has the potential to get us kicked out,” said Lauren Digion, a leader on the sanitation working group.

… “They’re imposing a structure on the natural flow of music,” said Seth Harper, an 18-year-old from Georgia. “The GA decided to do it … they suppressed people’s opinions. I wanted to do introduce a different proposal, but a big black organizer chick with an Afro said I couldn’t.

Rad Fem Hub has the final version of the OWS pamphlet up as well, in both pdf form and doc format. And again, here is a link to the FeminismNowOWS website with the text from their flier.

Also, if you are on the Twitter, post links to these posts (and mine) with the hashtag #OccupyWallStreet. Adbusters has a live feed coming from the tag on their main page. Spread the word!

Please drop any other similar links in the comments that I missed!

Updated to add:

Here’s a comic from Hoax Zine, based on actual events at Occupy Baltimore, regarding how un-seriously sexual harassment is taken.

[This links list was cross-posted to Rad Fem Hub along with more specific ideas for activism. . . and a new flier I made!]

Links: June 14, 2011

14 Jun

Gender Trender: “Boys Just Wanna Have Fun. As Fake Lesbians.” . . . on the two recent cases of “lesbian bloggers” who turn out to be heterosexual men.

Woman on a Journey: “Larry Flynt has no right to be left alone”

Undercover Punk: “Trans arguments debunked: being biologically female and ‘the myth of shared girldhood'”

Cherryblossomlife: “A use for the word Empowerment”

New York Times: “When It Comes to Scandal, Girls Won’t Be Boys” . . . a theory about why women don’t get into political sex scandals. Lots of interesting statistics regarding female and male office holders in the U.S.

Twanzphobic Since Forever: “Twanz-wot?” . . . a handy dandy guide for deciphering trans/queer political speak.

Links: May 10, 2011

10 May

This will be a special “Slut Walk” edition of links. Cuz I’m topical like that.

Woman On A Journey: “‘The sluttier the better’-that’s what men think, anyway”

Guardian: “SlutWalk is not sexual liberation” by Gail Dines & Wendy Murphy

RMott: “The Ultimate Slut”

EasilyRiled: “Slut-Walk. Sigh.”

I Blame the Patriarchy: “Toronto activists take back the slut”

Video from “The Agenda”, featuring Gail Dines (35 minutes).

Audio from “World Have Your Say”, also featuring Gail Dines. Listen online or download the mp3 (download only available for 1 week). Big ol’ trigger warning for victim blaming from (especially from callers and other people who sent in comments to the show).

Links: March 26, 2011

26 Mar

Check out this awesome new blog, Debunking Serano, which gives a page-by-page refutation of Julia Serano’s book “Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity”. I’m kinda-sorta planning on doing something similar  with a used copy I got a couple weeks ago. Until then, get started with Serano Debunker’s posts here.

Femanon: “Poor, poor johns”. . .

Essentially, no one has the right to buy sex or sexual acts-we know that a great amount of abuse exists in this industry, and anyone who risks the chance of raping someone so that they can “get some” is sick.  No one has the right to sex, period.

Noanodyne: “The word is ‘no'”

The Vagina Conspiracy (Ded Gurl Cingz the Blooze): “Liberal Transwomen, Misogyny and M2Fs” – audio . . .

Transwomen living theoretically, and M2F maintaining male privilege and entitlement.

Ball Buster: “Creativity and Rebuilding Solidarity”

Undercover Punk: “Fat acceptance + trans-activism = conflict”

Links: March 19, 2011

19 Mar

“A Radical Profeminist’s Favorite Quotes”

R Mott: “Coffee and Condoms”. . . on the farce that is ‘harm reduction’.

Gender Trender: “CNN reports- ‘Missing’ 100 Million Women may lead to ‘Future Consequences'”. . . guess whose consequences they focus on?

Scum-o-Rama: “because this guy* allegedly exists”. . . another amusing graphic along with a fabulous conversation in the comment thread.

Femonade: “From the Motherland”

A piece by Carolyn Gage from last year: “Born That Way… NOT!”. . . a fabulous reply to the discourse of lesbians and gay men ‘being born that way’ and how – quelle surprise – the lesbian experience differs from that of gay men.

Links: February 24, 2011

24 Feb

I recently joined Tumblr. Woohoo.

Some good news this morning: “Julian Assange Ordered by Court to Be Extradited to Sweden”:

Judge Howard Riddle, in his ruling, said that allegations brought by two women qualified as extraditable offenses and that the warrant seeking Mr. Assange’s return to Sweden for questioning was valid.

Womanist Musings: “Bill Maher Pronounces Sexism in the Middle East Worse Than in America” . . . because Maher is still an asshole. Here’s a handy image to help him understand why he is wrong: (via)

Noanodyne: a great roundup of rad fem blog links on ‘cis privilege’ and the likes. . . “Come on in, have a seat at the table”. Generally, just go read all of Noanodyne’s recent posts.

Scum-o-Rama: “The ‘Gendered’ Intersex Brain”

Here’s a good compilation of links to stories on how Republicans are trying to take away abortion rights across the country.

And the most upsetting for last. . .

TruthvsCompliance: “Pornography isn’t abusive???? Trigger Warning!” . . . a very detailed review of the film “Hardcore” [really, really strong TW for descriptions of sexual assault and pornography].

Links: January 19, 2011

19 Jan

Femonade: “24-Hour Menergy”. . . on Mary Daly’s Quintessence and men’s energy.

Rmott: “Unsuitable”. . . on the claim that formerly prostituted women were simply in the wrong line of ‘work’. [TW for sexual violence, prostitution.]

A Radical Profeminist: Beyond Double Standards: Audre Lorde wasn’t “Queer”-identified. She was out as a Lesbian. Now, what is it called if White Gay and Trans People Don’t Honor and Respect Her Naming of Herself? Lesbophobic? Misogynist? Racist? Anti-feminist? All of these?”

Womanist Musings: “Dr. Martin Luther King: Words for Thought”. . . on lesser-known not-as-comforting-to-white-folks quotes of his.

Echidne of the Snakes: “Did Misogyny Influence Jared Loughner?”

Salon: from Mary Elizabeth Williams, “Why we won’t stop punishing the Octomom: A rumored new fetish video takes America’s sadistic obsession with Nadya Suleman to new lows” . . . [TW for sexual coercion & descriptions of porn] it’s not a perfect article, but this part is quite good:

Who wants to see “Octomom porn,” fetish or otherwise? Because it seems the point of a video of a lady who admits she had a “baby addiction,” who says she recently only had $300 to her name, really isn’t about getting anybody off in the traditional sense. It’s about the reality that there will always be an audience that takes pleasure in seeing a seemingly prideful woman debase herself. How dare she have all those kids, right? How dare she mismanage her finances? The Hollywood Gossip has sneeringly referred to the rumor of her fetish video as “classy” and E! sarcastically called her admission of money and baby woes a “shocker.” Let’s all just delight in her self-destruction, shall we? Let’s take her down a few more pegs, maybe with a gang bang or two. Sexual humiliation is the tried and true expression of rage against a woman who transgresses societal norms, and Suleman, with her 14 kids, doesn’t just transgress, she transgresses with fecund vengeance.

Also from Salon, on the potentially lethal bomb that was left along an Martin Luther King parade route on Monday in Spokane, Washington. . . I haven’t seen anyone in TV news cover this except for Rachel Maddow. Uh, kind of a big deal, folks.

Links: January 16, 2011

16 Jan

Ded Gurl Cingz the Blooze: “White Feminist and the Purity Obsession” (audio)

Discussing how white feminist bloggers fail to address the population of women on the planet who are denied virginity/chastity, and instead talk about the pressure of virginity, and things like virginity pledges as if this is a reality true of all women.

No Excuses/No Mercy: “Cosmopolitan Magazine Encourages Sexist Bullshit: More at 11!”. . . huh, I didn’t know Tristan Taormino writes for Cosmo. [TW for porn/rape-culture-soaked ‘sex advice’.]

Femanon: “By Any Other Name: Mail-Order Brides and Sex Trafficking”. . . fabulous essay. Hell yes she got an A : )

GenderTrender brings us yet another what?-OMG-no-way news story. . . “‘Transwoman’ fights for experience of living in all-girls dorm.”

Echidne of the Snakes: “The Stereotype Threat. Or Priming Gender”. . . part six in Echidne’s series on sex, gender, and science.

Colorlines: “Poet Susana Chavez’s Death Sparks Outrage in Juarez.” [TW for graphic descriptions of violence and reference to sexual violence.]

Chavez is one of over 500 women in Juarez who have been found murdered in the last decade. And her death has caused an uproar because she had been one of few to speak out against the growing femicide, coining the phrase, “Ni una mas,” (“Not one more) and routinely criticizing local authorities for refusing to properly investigate the crimes. Her death has cast new suspicions about local authorities’ ability to handle the cases. That is to say that they’ve largely chosen to ignore them; so far, 92 percent of cases of women who’ve been murdered in the region remain unsolved.

NYT: Frank Rich column, “No One Listened to Gabrielle Giffords.” [TW for violence and some ableist language.] Good piece on its own, but also a goldmine for links to news stories regarding recent insurrection language, threats, violence, etc.

Media Matters: “Beck’s Incendiary Rhetoric Has Motivated Threats, Assassination Attempts”. . . oh, look. Words do have DIRECT consequences sometimes too. [TW for violence.]

In Which I Announce I am TRANSPHOBIC

6 Jan

Yup, so I’m one of those radical feminists who just totally hates all transgendered folks. Oh, wait. No, I actually just want to question certain ideologies that underpin particular aspects of trans politics, and for this, I will be labeled TRANSPHOBIC. Got it.

I gotta say. . . I wasn’t entirely on the bandwagon until the last several months. It started with being like, “Oh, hey. . . I, as a female-bodied person socialized as a girl and woman, do not have gendered privilege because of that. Huh. Interesting.” And then I was like, “How in the world would someone who just up and says they ‘feel like a woman’ lose all that male privilege they were given up until the point of transition?” More or less, this is how that went.

And now, I’m all, “Having surgery to fulfill a particular type of gendered appearance is kinda unnecessary and reminds me of how I used to want breast implants so I could ‘feel more feminine’, whatever the fuck THAT meant.” Also, I now think about things like, “Maybe there is a sort of rapist mentality involved in MTF folks trying to force themselves into female-assigned-at-birth women’s spaces,” and, “No, it actually isn’t denial of one’s humanity to be denied entry into a music festival.”

Basically, I’m no longer falling for this po-mo, you-are-what-you-say-you-are politics which necessarily seems to leave FAAB women getting thrown under the bus yet again. Surprise! It’s still patriarchal bullshit!

Before becoming a ragin’ radical feminist, and even after, I bought into a lot of the liberal feminist stuff about trans politics. The most hilarious to me now is the line about how “it’s not trans people’s jobs to change the gender binary.” At one point, this was really convincing to me. Of course it’s not their job. Well, no. It’s not only their job – it’s everyone’s job. Actually, it’s everyone’s job to eradicate gender altogether. I only recognize now how incredibly anti-radical and, frankly, anti-feminist that way of thinking is. Some group of people gets a pass on the whole ‘reinforcing gender binaries’ thing? Nuh-uh. Don’t think so.

I also have examined ideas of “feeling like a woman” as it relates to myself, and found that the only way that makes sense is that to the extent I “feel like” one, it’s that others make me feel like one by treating me as one. I have no “innate” sense of womanhood (femaleness, sure… my uterine lining sheds and everything!), which makes sense as gender is a social construction. And, no, I am not cis-gendered, a cis-woman, etc. I have massive issues with there being a trans/cis binary since, well, binaries are restrictive and harmful. . . hey, just like gender itself! Just because I am not wanting to live “as a man” and/or have surgery or take hormones to appear masculinized does not mean that my default descriptor is cis. I do not feel like my “gender role” is a good match for me (hence that whole ‘being a radical feminist’ thing), nor do I feel “at home” in my body (what woman living in media-saturated porn culture does?).

You may now resume your regularly-scheduled patriarchy blaming.

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Recommended reading:

Radical Profeminist: a guest post from Cerien, “When Some Transgender Activists Demand Inclusivity But EXCLUDE almost all Genderqueer/Transgender/Intersex People, We Gotta Speak OUT!”

“Red Without Blue: Since When Did LGBT Stand for Lesbian- and Girl-Bashing Tolerance?”

“The Trans/Gender Politics of Shaming Women-as-Women, Around and Beyond the Queer, Antifeminist Blogosphere”

Uppity Biscuit: “Do Not Call Me Cisgender: You Do Not Have Permission to Name Me”

Learning Feminism: “On Cisgender”

Word to the Wise: “My Gender is Not My Own”

“Questions in the Hope of Furthering Feminist Discourse on Trans Intersections”

“Personal Statement Update (The Short Version)”

“On Gender Normativity, Privilege, and Oppression”

“The Falsifiability Talk”

FAB Matters: On accusations of “TRANSPHOBIA!”

“The fallacy of ‘cis privilege'”

[Updated Feb. 12, 2011 to add:]

Undercover Punk: “Not Hatin'”

Links: January 2, 2011

2 Jan

Shakesville: “The Porn King with a Heart of Gold”. . . on Vivid’s co-founder continuing to coerce Nadya Suleman (the U.S. woman who had 8 babies at once a couple years ago) into doing porn. This time, he wants her to do porn in exchange for him paying off her mortgage. How is this not debt bondage? Also, dude, SHE SAID SHE’S NOT INTERESTED. Damn the rape/porn culture. [TW for sexual coercion.]

Rage Against the Man-Chine: “You’re doing X in spite of Y. Right on. Now how about we remove Y so we can all do A through Z?. . . on ‘agency’ and ‘fun feminism’, individualism/libertarianism vs class politics.

Via Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter, the audio of a wonderful lecture titled, “Making the Connection: Rape and Pornography.” [TW for sexual violence, porn miscellany.]

What is the role of pornography in rape cases? Listen to Janine Benedet, Associate Professor UBC Law and Narissa Yan, Collective Member of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter “Making the Connection: Rape and Pornography.” This sound file is from the  Vancouver Public Library for the 21st Memorial of the Montréal Massacre, 2010.

R Mott: “What Do You See”, on what you actually are watching when you watch porn. [TW for sexual violence.]

Sociological Images: “Gender, Boobs, and Video Game Characters”. . . includes a humorous (in a LOLsob way) flow-chart for how video game creators choose attributes of characters, based on gender. Also, another LOLworthy set of images – super sexy graphic novel ladies redrawn to resemble male characters.