Posts tagged feminism.
THIS A THOUSAND TIMES THIS.
Feminism is worthless without intersectionality and inclusion.
Accurate post is accurate.
Far too often, I’ve heard radical queers and feminists, in their hipster garb, talking their academic jargon about checking one’s privilege and being accountable, and in the same breath mocking poor people. It’s not always explicit. Actually, in social justice circles, it hardly ever is. Many of you know not to say words like ghetto or white trash, or at least I hope you do, because of its classist and racist implications, but that seems to be where the anti-classist work stops. So, let me help you.
- Every time you push your vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian diet on people, remember that your diet is a privilege that doesn’t make you superior or more of an environmentalist, food justice champion, animal lover or good human. I know you know about food deserts. Well, you don’t have to live in one to not be able to afford to have a restrictive diet.
- Furthermore, poor folks went green along ass time ago. I don’t get why you feel so special about your mason jars and bicycles. Oh good for you for taking the bus when you could’ve driven. Do you want a vegan gluten-free cookie?
- Yes, Wal-Mart is evil. So, is Urban Outfitters. Get over yourself. The only reason why Wal-Mart is singled out is because poor people shop there and it is easier to distance yourself from the problem. So, stop judging poor consumers who are just trying to feed and clothe their families, and start working to dismantle capitalism, or at least organize for workers’ rights (preferably in a non savior complex kinda way).
- Your shitty college dorm room, apartment or shared house, does not make you poor, neither does shopping at Good Will.
- There is a difference between being broke and poor, much like the difference between acute and chronic pain. Learn the difference.
- For those of you who do work with poor folks, you are not special, and you are not a savior. Like I said before, drop the savior routine. It makes a big difference when you take the cues from the communities you are serving. And, just because someone isn’t a college educated career activist, doesn’t mean they don’t know what is best for them and their communities. So, don’t be a condescending ass when people don’t talk like you, and practice some real nonjudgmental allyship.
- Pro tip: classy, trashy, hood, ghetto, dangerous/sketchy/seedy (in reference to poor PoC neighborhoods), white trash, etc are all really classist terms and hella racist too. Think about it, why do we specify that the trash is white? Because all other trash must be brown, right? If you don’t have a claim to these words, don’t use them.
Anyway, the examples could go on, and if anyone wants to add onto this, please do. I just don’t understand how a community that prides itself on fighting body-shaming and slut-shaming, could be so unequivocally class-shaming. In your own words, you better check your privilege.
There is SO much classism and general lack of intersectionality in both feminist and queer circles - BUT, honestly, if you think the most obvious manifestation of this is people telling you that you could / should go vegetarian / vegan or that you shouldn’t shop in certain places - then PHHHLEEASEEEEEE…. you’re about as hipster as one can possibly be and you’re just looking for an excuse to feel good about eating meat.
(Examples of actual classism in feminist and queer circles? Insistence on the fact that coming out is a kind of ‘duty’ that every queer person has, although very many people would risk poverty / homelessness if they came out - or the way all activists’ energies seem to be focused on same-sex marriage although marriage benefits etc remain a very middle class issue - the way the ‘it gets better’ message is structured and transmitted - just to name a few obvious ones. )
ok i’m reblogging this because i agree with the whole marriage/coming out/it gets better analysis. BUT you really need to check yourself in the way you step to me. I’m around a lot of queers who are critical of all of those things you listed, but forget that there are so many of us who struggle just to get enough to eat. i’m not trying to make myself feel better about eating meat. i’m trying to get enough to eat PERIOD.
Sarah Robles is the strongest woman in America. She’s beaten every other competitor, male and female, to become the highest-ranked lifter in the USA. She’s an Olympian at 23. She could lift your entire nuclear family and throw them, and she lives on 400 bucks a month because for some mysterious reason she can’t get endorsement deals.
C’mon culture, stop being fucked up. Strength is beauty and Sarah Robles is a role model with no exposure.
Chasing your dream and being powerful = feminine as all fuck.
EDIT: There is now a fundraiser to help fund her journey to the Olympics!
reblogging for fundraiser info
Dis is what the average powerlifter looks like. Deal with it, America.
Uhm, if she’s beaten every competitor of any gender, it sounds like she is the strongest person while also being a woman. *cough*