"When feminists ‘call-out’ other feminists for their racism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, ableism, ageism, or classism, when a solid anthology is put together making clear the ways in which Feminism (capital ‘F’) has Progressed (capital ‘P’) through maintaining the oppression it supposedly wants to dismantle (and through the unrecognized labour, effort and heart of the people it oppresses), when numerous people contribute to this anthology and read this anthology with the aim of steering feminism to a more helpful and empowering place, when someone posts a blog recognizing that the book itself has been ignored in many feminist spaces (for WHATEVER reasons it might be ignored for): these ‘call-outs’ are not just people ‘complaining without taking action.’ They are not ‘pointing to a gap and refusing to fill it.’ They are pointing to real lives, real histories and experiences, real beating hearts and REAL feminism that deserve to be acknowledged and refuse to be silenced. We ARE the gap and we’re not just an empty space waiting to be filled. We’re full to the brim, and spilling over."
Shaunga Tagore, a contributor to Feminism for Real, a REALLY FUCKING IMPORTANT BOOK for all
feminists, allies, PEOPLE interested in social justice and changing the world.
More on this written in a DOPE article by Jessica Yee over at Racialicious.
(Source: androgynius, via thefemcritique)
"Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’ Continue to share your heart with people even if it has been broken. Don’t treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used. And don’t try to give me that nerd argument that your heart is a Batman with a limited-edition silver bat-erang and therefore if it stays in its original packing it increases in value."
— Amy Poehler (via runningfromadream)
Right-wing Republicans and other conservatives don’t engage in racist, misogynistic, homophobic, ableist, classist, etc. tactics because they’re ‘nuts’. They do it as part of a well-thought-out, coordinated, and terrifyingly effective strategy to gain and maintain power, wealth, and privilege.
To suggest that their tactics are ‘crazy’ implies that only a few extremists think/feel/behave this way. But the truth is that these despicable policies are at the heart of the current Republican agenda.
Also, ‘wingnut’ is an ableist slur that perpetuates the oppression of people with mental, mood, and neurological disabilities. Let’s not further stigmatize a group of people who are already disproportionately harmed by conservative policies.