The feminist movement is generally periodized into the so-called first, second and third waves of feminism. In the United States, the first wave is characterized by the suffragette movement; the second wave is characterized by the formation of the National Organization for Women, abortion rights politics, and the fight for the Equal Rights Amendments. Suddenly, during the third wave of feminism, women of colour make an appearance to transform feminism into a multicultural movement.
This periodization situates white middle-class women as the central historical agents to which women of colour attach themselves. However, if we were to recognize the agency of indigenous women in an account of feminist history, we might begin with 1492 when Native women collectively resisted colonization. This would allow us to see that there are multiple feminist histories emerging from multiple communities of colour which intersect at points and diverge in others. This would not negate the contributions made by white feminists, but would de-center them from our historicizing and analysis.
Indigenous feminism thus centers anti-colonial practice within its organizing. This is critical today when you have mainstream feminist groups supporting, for example, the US bombing of Afghanistan with the claim that this bombing will free women from the Taliban (apparently bombing women somehow liberates them).
— Indigenous Feminism Without Apology - Andrea Smith (via ellesugars)
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May 10 2013
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A beautiful reminder of the essence of 3rd wave feminism
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May 9 2013
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This body of work is an exploration of the extent of cultural appropriation and encourages a discussion about it. I give the appropriator and the appropriated the opportunity to defend themselves and create a dialogue between them, while maintaining a neutral stance myself. I am not attacking those who appropriate, merely educating and creating awareness. I’m also exploring appropriation myself, and discovering the carying degrees of it within this visual conversation.
I’d like to make this a long term exploration, with a lot more participants as a form of generation-wide debate. If you’d like to be photographed to add your point of view, please do not hesitate to pop me a message here or an email at email@example.com and we could work something out!
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May 3 2013
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If you aren’t supporting trans women’s reproductive rights then you’re still a misogynist
Reproductive rights is not only about cis women having access to abortion and birth control.
It’s about trans women not being required to be sterilized in order to have legal gender recognition, too.
Srsly, if you’re not fighting for trans women’s rights not to be sterilized, then don’t call yourself pro-choice, ‘cause you’re not.
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March 30 2013
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“What happens when men enter women’s feminist spaces? Dale Spender did an experiment to find out, and published the results in Man Made Language:at the discussion, which was a workshop on sexism and education in London, were thirty-two women and five men. Apart from the fact that the tape revealed that the men talked for over 50 per cent of the time, it also revealed that what the men wanted to talk about – and the way in which they wanted to talk – was given precedence.”
— No More ‘what about teh menz’ (via feministartdegree)
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March 26 2013
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When I first came out I identified as ‘gay’. I now identify as ‘queer’ when describing my sexuality. I have pre-dominantly remained what many would recognise as a ‘lesbian’ for many years, only having relationships or sleeping with women.
A few things happened that really opened my eyes to the opportunities for attraction. The first was seeing a male friend after a long time and finding him incredibly attractive; he was a friend albeit one I hadn’t seen in a few years, but I trusted him as a person. That was key at that time. I initiated it and we had a really lovely, pleasurable sexual time together
The second was finding myself attracted to someone who was transgender; this person had an aura of openness and ‘comfortableness’ with who they are and how they moved with it was just, well arresting. This person was ‘f to m’ trans. I could not take my eyes of him and I nearly asked him out on a date there and then.
All of a sudden it felt as if I was opening up against the way I had thought about attraction. I started to look around at everyone from that moment on. I started to feel that for me, the identity of ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ just didn’t cut it. It was too tight-fitting and not at all flexible and I didn’t want to be constrained in my exploration of this by any label.
“Unlocking the Queer in Me: my journey from Goldstar lesbian to all embracing queer” (dykeroad.com)
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December 26 2012
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