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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Ku Klax Klan bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
The tweets are from the Twitter account from NPR’s Today in 1963.
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This is Jonathan Ferrell. He was in a car accident at 2:30 in the morning on Saturday. It was pretty bad, he was forced to climb out of the back window of his car to get out. He ran to the nearest home and knocked on the door. The woman who owned the home called the police. The police arrived and saw Jonathan nearby. Jonathan ran to them, unarmed. He was probably so happy to see someone that could help him. The police shot and killed him after they tazed him.
Jonathan was 24-years-old and a football player at Florida A&M University. He had just gotten engaged. His friends described him as a loving, peaceful man with a bright future.
The cop who shot him has now had voluntary manslaughter. We have to make sure that the cop, Randall Kerrick, does not get away with this. In most cases like this, the cop gets no jail time and no sentence, and in many cases, they’re let back onto the force afterwards.
Jonathan was a good man with a clean record. He wasn’t known as being aggressive or violent. This should not have happened.
This story is tragic and people need to made aware of it. Please read/watch the CNN Justice story on it.
Also, please note that when Jonathan knocked on the door of the first house he saw in order to ask for help, a woman came to the door and when she saw him, she shut the door, hit her panic alarm and called the police on ~him. The police were out looking for a “suspect” because in America black men can’t even knock on doors to ask their fellow citizens for help without being assumed dangerous criminals.
When the police arrived and Jonathan ran to them for help, one police officer tried to use his stun gun, but when it malfunctioned, another officer opened fire on Jonathan and killed him - he shot him several times. No warning shot. He shot to kill. Jonathan was UNARMED and ASKING FOR HELP from the POLICE. The deep seated, racist belief that black men are criminal and aggressive and violent is so pervasive that they cannot even go to their neighbors or the police for help because they are never seen as victims or people in need of help — they are always the assailant, the suspect, the criminal. This is not the first time an unarmed black man has been assumed criminal and killed.
And if you doubt the prevalence of this stereotype and its use as justification for murder of innocent black men, ask yourself why the OP, who clearly cares about this issue and wants justice for Jonathan, felt the need to state that Jonathan “wasn’t known as being aggressive or violent.” No such disclaimer would be needed if Jonathan were white…but if Jonathan were white, he’d likely still be alive.
This makes me so upset. She literally didn’t even listen, or stop and ask, she just called 911 AND the rest is history. I’m angry about the killing from the police, but she set this whole thing in motion. This is so sad and awful.
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhg I just saw ‘Asian women experience positive, benign racism!’ again. Ok let’s talk about this.
Asian women’s benign racism leads them to be highly vulnerable to rape and sexual assault, especially by white men. Positive racism leads to them being fetishized and objectified as fuckdolls- not only by white men but by many POC (yes, including Asian men who grow up with these sexualized and racist images bombarded at them). Like I don’t even go into the Asian tag much like the Latina tag it is completely filled with porn.
Also: given the history of American colonialism, there is a particular fixation on East Asian women and their sexuality is configured under the colonial gaze, setting them up for rape and assault. Now especially we increasingly see that South Asian and Middle Eastern women are put under this gaze, with the ‘veiled woman’ emerging as an exotic, orientalist object for men (of all races) to project their domination.
MOREOVER, Asian women have among the lowest rate of seeking help for sexual violence or domestic abuse. This is partly because a silence exists in various cultures about this type of abuse but also because people dont think real racism or violent misogyny exists against Asians so many women are discouraged from seeking help!!
Also, I use the term Asian VERY loosely on this blog. I hate the term more and more every day. Same with ‘African.’ What the hell do these words even mean, we are talking about 50% of the world’s population basically. We don’t magically become the same people when we come to this country, for Asians, our ancestors all hate each other and that really influences some of the different experiences we have in America. We are also divided by castes, tribes, languages, ethnicities, religions, diasporic dynamics, and more.
When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.
It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
I mean, it’s just true.
“Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
That’s it. That’s it right there.
Hey guys, I hope you’re having a great evening.
I have a special request- in the month of October I would like to have posts dedicated to Survivors who don’t have much written for them/about them.
I’m looking for guest writers to help me out, because obviously, I can’t write for groups I am not in. I’ll gladly be as involved or not involved as you’d like me to be in the writing of the piece- you’d get as much credit as you’d like. (I know some people might prefer to stay anonymous- I would still state that someone who is not me wrote the piece though)
What am I looking for:
- Posts about specific struggles these groups of survivors face.
- Posts written by and for these groups of survivors. Tips and tricks for coping. Solidarity posts.
- If you have an idea (and are in the group you have an idea for) pitch it at me. It’s probably fantastic.
Who am I looking for:
- Survivors of Color.
-Survivors with Disabilities
-Survivors of Same Sex assault.
-Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault
-Survivors of Incest
and of course:
all the intersections that come with that. I want to hear from you. Our experiences are all unique, but too often things are glossed over in a one-size-fits all kind of way. The truth is, we need more information from all the different kinds of survivors that are out there. If you want to write but think ‘oh, someone else will speak up’- talk to me anyway. The likely hood of two people writing the same piece is slim to none, we all have our own things that we bring to the table. (If you consider yourself to be from an often erased group that I forgot to mention- feel free to contact me. I will edit this post and I’m excited to hear from you.)
Thank you so much in advance for helping me make October a success.
I would love to talk to people who are interested in writing or co-writing pieces well… as soon as possible. That way I can keep trying to get pieces from areas that may not have as much. I would like to know most of the people who are interested by mid-september, and have looked over most of the posts come Early October.
The pieces do not have to be long, or following a specific outline. Anything will be welcome- so long as it is appropriate. (No victim blaming, hating on other survivors. things like that. I do not tone police.)
I’m willing to talk over skype with people, email, facebook, fanmail with anyone who is interested.
If you guys wouldn’t mind boosting this, because it won’t be successful without y’alls help.
I am a white, 20 year old queer survivor myself. I have been through both domestic violence, acquaintance rape, and lived with an abuser (though not a sexual one) until I was 18. I am putting this out there for those of you who would like to know that before agreeing to write something for this blog.
boosting this because i said i would. if anyone is interested, read this and consider. if not, please boost and reblog!
TW: Police brutality
August 7, 2013
An 18-year-old skater died yesterday after Miami Beach Police officers caught him tagging a building and then Tasered him.
Details about the death are still murky, but what is clear is that Israel Hernandez died before dawn Tuesday morning after cops caught him spray painting near 71st Street and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Police have yet to comment on the killing, but an officer near the scene confirmed that cops had fatally Tasered someone. Hernandez’s friends on the Miami Beach skate scene are devastated.
"I just cant believe it," says best friend Rafael Lynch, on the verge of tears. "I still have his hat and his board. They still smell like him. It’s crazy."
Update: MBPD has released a statement and incident report confirming that Hernandez died after being Tasered. Police chased Hernandez after catching him tagging a building and used the electronic weapon when he refused to stop.
Hernandez and Lynch worked together at MIA Skate Shop in Sunny Isles. Lynch says his friend, a Colombian immigrant who had only recently gotten his papers, was a brilliant and peaceful kid.
I played a video report about this super loud while a bunch of Miami Beach cops sat near me at Panera, then proceeded to call a few people and talk about how devastating it is. FUCKING ASSHOLES.
This is hitting close to home. Please signal boost!
This is exactly how I feel when I talk to White people about race, racism, privilege, etc…It’s exhausting and confounding at the same damn time.
"Maybe black people aren’t interested in my job." …….::Flips the table and walks out::
haha yo she is to done
Her job was fashion. She just said black people aren’t interested in FASHION
why isn’t she able to think maybe she wasn’t interviewed by any Black people because they’ve been discriminated from making it to those types of positions of power? white people man.
Actor and director LeVar Burton explained Monday on CNN that he follows a particular procedure every time he is stopped by police to avoid a potentially deadly confrontation. He removes his hat and sunglasses, rolls down his window, and puts out his hands to show he is not armed.
“I do that because I live in America,” Burton added.
He’s not exactly known for bad behavior, but even the former host of the children’s show Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek the Next Generation actor, fears he will be mistreated by police because of his skin color.
And this guy has been rich for 30 years.
Let that sink in.
So I think the question of what makes a strong female character often goes misinterpreted, and instead we get these two-dimensional superwomen who maybe have one quality that’s played up a lot, like a Catwoman type, or she plays her sexuality up a lot, and it’s seen as power. But they’re not strong characters who happen to be female. They’re completely flat, and they’re basically cardboard characters. The problem with this is that then people expect women to be that easy to understand, and women are mad at themselves for not being that simple, when, in actuality, women are complicated, women are multifaceted — not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy, and women happen to be people. (Laughter)
So the flaws are the key. I’m not the first person to say this. What makes a strong female character is a character who has weaknesses, who has flaws, who is maybe not immediately likable, but eventually relatable.
- Tavi Gevinson (TEDxteen: A teen just trying to figure it out),
Social justice movements tend to spring up around issues that most people don’t get. Social justice movements tend to spring up around issues that, to most people, don’t seem to matter that much. If people understood that the issues mattered, then organized movements to promote them wouldn’t be necessary.
Until their issues are properly understood, most social justice movements, almost by definition, are going to look whiny to most people. If you can’t understand why the things people are complaining about matter, those people are going to look whiny to you. That is, they’re going to look like they’re complaining about things that don’t matter.
Something to keep in mind when you’re thinking about accusing people in a social justice movement of being whiny: every social justice movement looks whiny if you don’t understand their issues. A lot of the time, the fact that calling attention to their issues is perceived as whiny is precisely the reason why the movement is necessary in the first place.
My daughter wasn’t bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police. She was my daughter, but she was your daughter too. For the love of God do something.
Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons • In a new op-ed/statement published by the Huffington Post on Thursday. Parsons died on Sunday night, following a suicide attempt which is believed to have been the result of extensive post-rape bullying. Be warned, while we definitely think more people should see the grieving father’s words, you won’t find an easy read behind the source link. source (via shortformblog)