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I'm sorry, I'm not lesbian

I try to keep this Tumblr upbeat and open-hearted but I just found this article from 4 years ago with this straight woman crying about how hard it is being a straight woman editing an LGBT magazine and she is so full of shit.

"I’m straight. There, I said it… Reactions to the discovery of my heterosexuality have ranged from gentle ribbing to disbelief and even occasional anger."

Wow, brave coming out there! Coming out as lesbian, bi or gay can get you physically assaulted, verbally abused, threatened or kicked out by your parents, but that’s nothing compared to the ‘gentle ribbing’ this straight woman faced!

"One gay friend argues that gay people should remember it was predominantly heterosexuals who chose to change laws for the better"

Ah, the old ‘my gay friend’ gambit. Do you also have a black friend who is totally cool with you using the n-word?

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From Belgrave Baheno to The Peepul Centre - The Colour of Health

This article is important because:

1) It describes the struggle of a group of Asian women who set up a women’s centre in Leicester, UK in the early 80s

2) It has tips at the end for activists on how to turn their dream projects into reality. Young women like us still benefit from what women did for us 30 years ago - setting up refuges and women’s centres, changing the law - and we need to start thinking about what legacy we want to leave behind and how we’re going to carry on our big sisters’ work.

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Oh my goddess. Women, survivors, feminists, misandrists, you all need to see this. I know if you’re used to American or British English you might find it hard to follow but trust me, stay with it. Start at 1:45. The best bit comes at 3:30. The song is ‘Equalizer’ by Singing Sandra.

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Further evidence of how the owning classes love to steal things and be selfish (all the while stereotyping working class people as loving to steal things and be selfish.) They’ve been taking things that weren’t rightfully theirs for well over 300 years.

 the richest students were more likely to consider “stealing or benefiting from things to which they were not entitled” than those from a middle-class or lower-class background…

The reason, it turns out, is that even thoughts of being wealthy can create a feeling of increased entitlement — you start to feel superior to everyone else and thus more deserving: something at the centre of narcissism.”

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/08/the-age-of-entitlement-how-wealth-breeds-narcissism?CMP=fb_gu

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Consider this: 44% of working class adults in the UK do not have internet access at home.

When you’re using the internet to learn about the world and about social justice movements, ask yourself: whose voices are missing and why?

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Breaking news: ‘working class’ is not a dirty word, so you don’t have to use weird pointless euphemisms like ‘people from lower socioeconomic groups’ ‘people who aren’t middle class’, or patronising ones like ‘deprived people’ ‘disadvantaged groups’

You know an oppressed group is powerful when the oppressor is scared to even say their name.

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"The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are."

- Maya Angelou
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"Viewing women only as victims of men’s sexual dominance fails to hold women accountable for the roles they play in reproducing social inequalities. By engaging in ‘slut-shaming’ — the practice of maligning women for presumed sexual activity — women at the top create more space for their own sexual experimentation, at the cost of women at the bottom of social hierarchies."

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Elizabeth Armstrong, in Armstrong, Elizabeth A. and Laura T. Hamilton. Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2013)

As before, quote taken from this article about the study.

(via radtransfem)

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When I do trade union seminars dealing with the history of the working class, I get the same reaction: how come we didn’t learn this in school?

I think what we must understand is that there are as many historical narratives as there are economic, political and cultural interests being propagated by different sectors, classes, cliques etc. This is so all over the world and is not something unique to the Caribbean…

Those who have the material means of production at their disposal have control over the mental means of production – the dominant ideas are the ideas that those who control the society, want propagated. This is done through control of the education system and the mass media to a large extent. Of course there is always resistance which in the intellectual and cultural field are led by artistes, radical intellectuals, political and cultural activists etc.

The dominant narrative that we learn in school is not designed to encourage us to investigate and develop perspectives that would tend to engender revolutionary consciousness, but one that says there was slavery, indentureship, colonialism, independence and now we free, so let us embrace capitalism and neo-liberalism, because there is no alternative.

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- Gerry Kangalee, http://www.panonthenet.com/upclose/2014/gerry-kangalee-4-24-2014.htm
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Denyse Plummer - Woman Is Boss (1988, Trinidad)

Sound quality is terrible, but when she performs she has such incredible energy, power and pride and this is an amazing pro-woman song

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ourafrica:

One Million Women March for the release of the Borno School Girls

Women all over the country have today started  a one million women march in Abuja  to press for the release of secondary school girls kidnapped in Chibok town by suspected insurgents two weeks ago. 

This announcement was made  by Prof Hauwa Abdu Biu on sunday during an emergency meeting convened by First Lady of Borno State, Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima.The meeting was held to discuss strategies to be employed to ensure the release of the girls.

The meeting had in attendance wives of service chiefs in the state, nongovernmental organizations, women professional bodies, representatives of Federation of Muslims Women Associations (FOMWAN), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) among others.

Prof Biu informed the meeting that the one million march which was tagged “Free our girls” will involve women all over the country and called for the mobilization of Borno women to Abuja for the rally.

Shettimaimplored all women to stay united for the cause.

“Let us all put our differences aside irrespective of our faith or ethnicity. Let us all join hands together to rescue these girls. I know that we can do it, Almighty Allah is with us, he knows our intention,” she said.

 

#Bringbackourgirls  #Bringbackourdaughters

Retrieved from : http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/04/women-stage-one-million-women-march-release-chibok-school-girls/#sthash.f71wuKgQ.dpuf

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Can we stop conflating liberal feminism and sex-positive feminism? .

Liberal feminist is the only form of feminism that tends to be represented in mainstream media, so many women will be liberal feminists as it is the only version of feminism they have had access to. This is because owning class women with a lot of privilege (white, straight, cis etc) who are feminists will almost always be liberal feminists, and these are the only women who have enough power in society to get their opinions published in mainstream media. This approach thinks society is generally OK, and just needs a bit of adjustment to address some lingering unfairness towards women. Key issues tend to be equal pay, abortion rights, increasing women’s access to male-dominated spheres such as politics and business. 

Sex-positive feminism is generally more popular with younger women, particularly students, and is especially popular in the LGBTQ community. There is an emphasis on the idea that individuals exploring and expressing their sexuality, particularly through sexual behaviours that are ‘transgressive’ such as BDSM, polyamory, group sex, is empowering and feminist, and on the importance of not judging or shaming the sexual practices or others.

These are very different types of feminist with different origins (speaking from a UK perspective). While they may share some similarities (for example an emphasis on individual empowerment rather than collective liberation) for those of us who want to work with and share ideas with different ‘types’ of feminist it’s important we understand where these different women are coming from ideologically.