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As I’ve said before, I’m not normally a, “Let’s all go sign a petition!” kind of girl, but I’m making (another) exception. Thanks to the the folks at Michelle Obama Watch for pointing me over to ThinkGirl.net for this one. The petition is not sponsored by ThinkGirl.net, but is described on their site this way:
We refuse a feminism that assumes that “women” are a homogeneous group. We recognize that women identify along a spectrum of identities, and that gender is not always the mostprominent one. Gender is a significant structure, to be sure, but it is not the only structure shaping women’s lives. Multiple systems of oppression and privilege, including racism, white supremacy, class hierarchy, religious intolerance, xenophobia, anti-immigrant policies, heterosexism, ableism and ageism shape women’s lives, identities, and experiences. We need movements that recognize these multiplicities.
Along these lines, Melissa Spatz and Ann Russo have put together a statement of Refusals and Commitments that they hope white feminists might use in creating conversations and mobilizing around commitments to coalitional antiracist feminist analysis, practice, and pedagogy.
They’re also hoping that folks will sign on to the statement to reflect these commitments.
NOTE: THIS IS NOT A THINKGIRL PETITION. IT WAS CREATED BY MELISSA SPATZ AND ANN RUSSO, WHO ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH TG.
Please click the link and sign.
This is what I do. I’m a white feminist. I blog on race and politics. I believe that we have to look beyond gender and race and understand that everyone’s experience is multi-layered. At the same time, we have to look into gender and race, working within those constructs to find the commonalities that will open conversations without which we cannot hope to bring about change.
Today, I’m sending you over to BuzzFlash to read yesterday’s Editor’s Blog. There’s a very good discussion there on the current climate in the Clinton campaign, the tactics coming out of that campaign, the issues facing feminists in this election, and the decisions we, as Americans, need to make about what kind of politics we want to engage in in 21st century America. Check it out:
Thanks to Curtis Walker for pointing this one out to me.
So this morning, Erica Jong really pissed me off. Understand, Ms. Jong was one of my heroines as I was finding my feminist footing. As I was discovering myself, I was both scared to death and thrilled by the poetry in Half-Lives (and most of Marge Piercy’s work, but that’s for another time). Jong has been an icon for me; a towering figure in the feminist movement that I, and many others, have worshipped in our own red tents.
As I’ve gotten older, though, she has begun to piss me off. Today may be the last straw. Not that she cares. I mean, really, who am I to Erica Jong? Precisely noboby is who. But for what it’s worth, I think she’s gone as loopy as Gloria Steinem.
Here’s the piece: Patriarchy:1000, Hillary:0. In this, she argues that poor Hillary can’t catch a break because of all the mean, inarticulate men bashing her unfairly just because she’s a woman. She also completely negates everything Sen. Obama has done in his career and falls back on that inane “all talk, no substance” argument that belies nothing but the accuser’s lack of intelligence. I’m so furious with this ill-logic that I can’t put together a sane rebuttal that won’t be filled with expletives. Fortunately, my famously smart word-girl Sis O can, and she has granted me permission to print her rebuttal right here. Thanks, Sis, for the great answer. Y’all enjoy.
As arguably one of the most visible women in the world, Hillary Clinton had a choice when Bill screwed around. She could stand up for herself and, by extension, women around the world or she could stand by her man and essentially prove that women deserve to be treated with little or no respect. She chose the latter and sent a message to men everywhere that they could screw around and to their women that we have to take it and not only shut up, but vehemently defend them.
Several feminists and feminist organizations have looked past Mrs. Clinton’s stand-by-your man example and into an endorsement of her campaign. I love that they looked past this traditional, “shut up and take it for the the good of the marriage” role, championed her as a feminist, as Gloria Steinem has done on the New York Times Op Ed page, and then refused to cry foul when Mrs. Clinton essentially won New Hampshire because she got weepy when discussing how hard it is to have perfect hair and stay perky on the campaign trail. In fact, when writing in the New York Times on January 8, Ms. Steinem made the case that, “. . . Hillary Clinton could (not) have used Mr. Obama’s public style – or Bill Clinton’s either – without being considered too emotional by Washington pundits.” It is convenient to be able to make such a comment in print and then overlook the national hubbub over the “mist” that won New Hampshire.
My point here, of course, is that championing Mrs. Clinton as a feminist and then overlooking such blatantly un-feminist actions is, at best, hypocritical. I can hear the old guard now, scolding me because I didn’t live through the 60’s and was only a babe in the 70’s when they were fighting for the equal rights I now enjoy. While I appreciate their vision, I think it has left them with blinders. My point is that we shouldn’t support the wrong woman just because she is the only one running.
When I went shopping for a new feminist candidate, I found Barack Obama. Coincidentally, he has also been called a feminist by Gloria Steinem on the OpEd page of the New York Times. He has a stellar record on reproductive rights issues; a plan for addressing math and science education, which is an area of concern for girls; an economic plan with focuses on expanding child care tax credits, providing a living wage, and job training; and a platform of promoting responsible fatherhood.
So, thanks Gloria, et al., for your input, but I’ll be voting for Barack in my state’s primary. He’s one man I can both stand by and endorse.