|2011 in a nutshell.|
|The sign heard around the Blogosphere|
Flavia Dzodan of the awesomely unapologetic Tiger Beatdown wrote a wonderful piece about the intersection of feminism and race in her piece MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL OR IT WILL BE BULLSHIT! this past October, in response to the controversy over a sign at Slutwalk. I have a lot of strong feelings attached to this particular intersection, because although I am indeed a feminist of color, I am quite light-skinned, and therefore afforded many privileges associated with "passing" for white. SlutWalk itself was controversial in and of itself for many people. In my humble opinion, dressing however you please and marching against victim-blaming generated a very important conversation that needed to happen. On the other hand, SlutWalk seemed like an echo of another protest movement that has drawn a great deal of attention through white people being the subject of casual and routine police brutality for the first time in several decades.
|Safer Spaces needed for women at OWS|
|the silencing of disabled bodies|
|Trunk: Say What?|
|Reevaluating the place of men in Feminism|
All in all, I leave 2011 with a feeling of desperate hope in one hand, and the expectation of despair in the other. The most dangerous topics are the ones that are viewed as taboo, are divisive, or "diluting the message", and these are the issues that we are seeing come into the discussion more frequently than ever before. On the other, the rabid clinging to the sputtering embers of privilege are causing backlash out of proportion to gains, with a strong aftertaste of "one step forward, two steps back". On a personal front, my commitment to speaking out whenever I see injustice has left me a wasted, wrung-out and weepy version of myself. I'm honestly afraid in many ways of which shit sandwich this election year is going to see rise into power. On the other hand, the Affordable Care Act is coming into effect this August, allowing me a specific reproductive freedom that has been denied me for twelve years. 2012 is looking like a mixed bag, but I'm hoping what I was raised to believe will prove true: that if we talk about it enough, we will reach a new understanding of ourselves, others, and "Others". ¡Feliz Nuevo Año a todos!