The Silence of Our Friends

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

There She Goes Again...Complaining About The White Womenz

Through Feministe we learn that John Aravosis is being an ass once again, nothing new there. In the comments I read this:
# Thomas, TSID says:
January 25th, 2008 at 12:15 pm - Edit

Aravosis has finally scuttled the last bits of credibility. He’s racist, he’s transphobic, and now he’s a classist whiner who complains that people who make less than him get his money. So … AFAICT his actual agenda is that educated, affluent masculine-acting white gay men get an equally privileged status in the injustice hierarchy to educated, affluent masculine-acting white het men.

That’s not an agenda I’m on board with.

This is it, this is what WOC bloggers have repetitiously been saying about white middle class feminists. AFAICT (as far as I can tell) their actual agenda is that educated, affluent, mostly hetero, able bodied, white women get an equally privileged status in the injustice hierarchy to educated, affluent, mostly hetero, able bodied, white men.

This is why we aren't on board with their agenda. This is why it's foolish and a slap to our faces to say, "We're all on the same side! Why are you being so harsh?" because they aren't on our side. Because their agenda isn't equality for all women, just a step up on the hierarchy for themselves, which is why they don't do any actual work with WOC, but only give lip service and use us for their own ends.

Over at the Curvature, Cara reads an idiotic jam packed full of sexist stereotypes article brought to us by the knuckleheads at Time Magazine, so we don't have to, and fisks it in a delightfully hilarious way. Cara, much thanks for saving me from *headdesking* myself into a concussion. One of the points she makes:
Non-hetero people do not exist. Except, of course in the three (not densely filled) pages containing the obligatory story about gay people that masquerades as “inclusion” so that all the uppity queers will shut up.

This is one of the major problems that WOC had with Jessica Valenti's Full Frontal Feminism. ---Women of color do not exist. Except, of course in the ten (not densely filled) pages containing the obligatory intersectionality that masquerades as "inclusion" so that all the uppity WOC will shut up.

2 comment(s):

No problem, Donna. Glad to be of service. :)

By Anonymous Cara, at 1/29/2008 5:41 PM  

That's what really bothers me about disability rights people who say 'I'm not disabled!' Almost universally, what they are sayinbg is 'we agree certain people are defective and inferior, but please don't include us in that category'. Or if they identify as disabled but draw a distinction between the disabled people who need rights and those too disabled for rights. They want the normal priviledge and don't care about the ones they're pushing down to get it.

By Blogger Ettina, at 1/31/2008 12:22 PM  

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