Interested in gender activism and the politics of food? FIFE wants to publish your poetry, prose, photography, drawings, digital media designs, ALL OF IT.
Not an artist/auteur you say? NOT A PROBLEM. Take our survey here.
Submit all art and literary works to email@example.com
Deadline: Noon, April 14th
- Audre Lorde’s The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House
- Audre Lorde’s Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power
- Aurora Levins Morales’s Radical Pleasure: Sex and the End of Victimhood
- bell hooks’ Cultural Criticism & Transformation
- Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses
- Combahee River Collective Statement
- Dorothy Allison’s A Question of Class
- Judith Butler documentary
- Leslie Feinberg’s We Are All Works in Progress
- Paula Gunn Allen’s Who is Your Mother?: Red Roots of White Feminism
- R.W. Connell’s The Social Organization of Masculinity
- Sandra Lee Bartky’s Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power
- Sandra Cisneros’s Guadalupe the Sex Goddess
- Sojourner Truth’s Ain’t I a Woman?
- Susan Bordo’s The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity
People always list “Ain’t I a Woman” but they never mention bell hooks’ book/critique of the same name where she does historical research on Sojourner Truth. Her speech was transcribed by a white woman and purposefully filtered through “slave talk”, when actually Sojourner Truth was the servant of a middle class Dutch family from New York and was literate and well-spoken. What seems quaint to us now was a strategy utilized to discredit and demean her.
TAMMY BALDWIN, the Senator-Elect from Wisconsin, will become the first openly gay person ever elected to Senate.
MAZIE HIRONO, the Senator-Elect from Hawaii, will become the first Asian-American woman in Senate.
TAMMY DUCKWORTH, the Representative-Elect for Illinois, will become the first disabled female veteran elected to the House of Reps. (she lost both her legs in the Iraq War).
Tonight is one for the history books.
I believe I’ve seen a comprehensive description of consent once before. Figured I’d contribute as it’s a subject that bears repeating.
- Non-coercive: If you’re cojoling, threatening or otherwise trying to “convince” someone to engage in a sexual act with you, you are breaking consent. If you asked 16 times and got 15 No’s and 1 Yes, you still did not adequately obtain consent. Also, you’re a weak individual.
- Not fixed: What I mean by this is you shouldn’t take for granted that after asking once for consent that you now have consent forever. It’s not like landing a gig as a Supreme Court judge. You don’t have consent for life. It should be continuously negotiated.
- Dynamic: Related to the above note, consent for one act does not necessitate consent for all acts. Consent is not an EZ Pass. It should be re-addressed constantly for different acts.
- Conscious: Yeah, I want to believe I don’t have to explain this one. Bad enough I had to list it. But ok, yes, an inebriated/asleep/passed out or otherwise not fully coherent person cannot consent. There, you can’t say no one ever told you.
- Unambiguous/Explicit: Assume all of the following to mean “no.” — “Maybe,” “I’m not sure,” “Not yet,” “Kinda,” “Wait a minute,” …I could go on.
- Not contingent upon sexual interest nor sexual arousal: We know. Blue balls are a motherfucker. Still no excuse. Neither your NOR the expressed/implied interest of any potential partners is an invitation to any act. Also, neither your nor the (assumed) arousal of anyone you might want to have sex with is an invitation. Yes, someone might be aroused and still not want to fuck. Crazy times. I know.
- Not compensatory: Yeah, that dinner and a movie were nice. Still not an invitation to fuck. And if you thought it was, you’re a world class asshole.
- Not something that requires a qualifier: No one needs to explain why they are not granting you consent. No is enough.
I will always reblog this. It’s good information, & any writing about consent that says ‘consent is not an EZ Pass’ is pretty damn awesome.
If I were really asked to define myself, I wouldn’t start with race; I wouldn’t start with blackness; I wouldn’t start with gender; I wouldn’t start with feminism. I would start with stripping down to what fundamentally informs my life, which is that I’m a seeker on the path. I think of feminism, and I think of anti-racist struggles as part of it. But where I stand spiritually is, steadfastly, on a path about love.
this lil baby came in the mail today.
Binky: Hey, did you guys just see Trucks? Wasn’t it awesome?
Francine: No, it was not awesome. There were only two girls in the entire movie! Johnny’s mom and his airhead girlfriend Cindy Cupholder.
Binky: That’s not true. What about Rita the meter maid?
Muffy: She had one measly line and it was less than ten words!
Francine: Look at all these movie posters: Kung Fu Koala? A boy. Donny Droid? Another boy. The Ram Pack? ALL boys. I rest my case.
Arthur 14.02 “The Agent of Change” (x)
Let me tell you about the number of times I have been asked this question as a woman-identified vegan. Let me tell you about how each person who has asked me this question is male-identified. Let me tell you about why this is utterly infuriating:
- It is heteronormative. Never assume heterosexuality. It is erasing and rude.
- It is sexist and misogynistic. Here I am trying to better the world in some small way, and all these people are worried about is the pleasure of the male-identified persons in my life. Because that’s what my worth amounts to in this patriarchal society of ours right? To what I can do for men.
- It is sex-negative. There is nothing wrong with not swallowing. There is nothing wrong with not giving head. To act like this would be the end of the world is shaming and contributes to rape culture, and sexual assault.
To summarize, this aggravating, seemingly “innocent” question is actually quite harmful and even dangerous.
It is not cute or clever.
So cut it the fuck out.
If you have any more, or alternate links just in case these ever get removed, feel free to add to the list. Pass the resources along!
I hope y’all are as excited as I am! Our first month is on intersectionality and feminism. Our reading list is:
- “Feminism is for Everybody” bell hooks [PDF available here, here, here, and about a hundred different places if you google it]
- “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Violence Against Women” Kimberle Crenshaw [PDF available online here]
- “Disappearing Acts: Reclaiming Intersectionality in the Social Sciences” Nikol G. Alexander Floyd [available here]
- “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” Peggy McIntosh [PDF available online here]
I will post discussion questions in our group on Goodreads by the end of the week, and please feel free to start engaging in a discussion there as the month progresses.
If you have thoughts or questions that you want to share throughout the month, please utilize this blog’s submit and ask features (which will be up and running by the end of the day today) to share those with everyone else in the FSBC.
I am so looking forward to doing this with y’all!
If you’ve ever been looking to get into transfeminism, whether from a feminist perspective of from that of a trans* person, I would strongly recommend this book. It has wonderful discussions of feminist issues from the perspective of trans* rights and goes into great detail about both traditional and oppositional sexism and their effect on society at large.
Yes, yes, yes! I cannot recommend this book enough.