“She wiped her breath from the glass, then, and gave me a wink, and asked me more about myself; and because it was somehow easier to talk to her reflection than to her face, I began at last to chat with her quite freely. At first she answered as I thought an actress should—comfortably, rather teasingly, laughing when I blushed or said a foolish thing. Gradually, however—as if she was stripping the pain from her voice, as well as from her face—her tone grew milder, less pert and pressing. At last—she gave a yawn, and rubbed her knuckles in her eyes—at last her voice was just a girl’s: melodious and strong and clear, but just like a Kentish girl’s voice, like my own.
Like the freckles, it made her—not unremarkable, as I had feared to find her; but marvellously, achingly real. Hearing it, I understood at last my wildness of the past seven days. I thought, how queer it is!—and yet, how very ordinary: I am in love with you.”—
ATTN: “You look great! Have you lost weight?” is not a compliment. I know it has been the go-to praise-route towards many women since the inception of puberty, but I’d like to put an end to it. Why do I hear this like a broken record every holiday?
You look great! How are your new jobs going?
You look great! How is your blog doing?
You look great! Things seem to be going really well for you lately.
You look great! You’ve been smiling all weekend.
You look great! I love your dress/hair/shoes/demeanor.
You look great! You seem really happy.
You look great! (Period).
I don’t know who started the rumor that “Have you lost weight?” is just about the goddamn nicest thing you can say to a (fat) woman. Let me assure you: it’s not. I haven’t done anything right or wrong or good or bad for appearing to weigh less than the last time you saw me. Don’t congratulate me.
Use your head. Or, at the very least, be more creative with your compliments.
“I recognize that representation of homosexuality at all is important, but when yet another discussion about it comes up and it’s about the boys again all I feel is invisible and sad. It’s not a zero-sum game! More queer female visibility isn’t going to take away from or diminish the visibility of male homosexuality: at this point it pretty much can’t. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were more stuff for both? The prominence of slash doesn’t mean representations of female homosexual desire have to be so buried. Throw me a fucking bone. That’s not too much to ask, is it?”—lesbians, where are the lesbians? (via fuckyeahlesbianliterature)
“My body is not a representation of my failures, sins, or mistakes. My body is not a sign that I am in poor health, or that I am not physically fit. My body is not up for public discussion, debate or judgment. My body is not a signal that I need your help or input to make decisions about my health or life. My body is the constant companion that helps me do every single thing that I do every second of every day and it deserves respect and admiration. If you are incapable of appreciating my body that is your deficiency, not mine, and I do not care. Nor am I interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter so, if you want to be around me, you are 100% responsible for doing whatever it takes to keep those thoughts to yourself. If you are incapable of doing that I will leave and spend my time with people who can treat me appropriately. Please pass the green beans.”—
“Nonviolence declares that the American Indians could have fought off Columbus, George Washington, and all the other genocidal butchers with sit-ins; that Crazy Horse, by using violent resistance, became part of the cycle of violence, and “as bad as” Custer. Nonviolence declares that Africans could have stopped the slave trade with hunger strikes and petitions, and that those who mutinied were as bad as their captors; that mutiny, a form of violence, led to more violence, and thus, resistance led to more enslavement. Nonviolence refuses to recognize that it can only work for privileged people, who have a status protected by violence, as the perpetrators and beneficiaries of a violent hierarchy.”—Peter Gelderloos, Why Nonviolence Protects the State- Nonviolence is Racist (via rosadefuego)
“Feminism is not simply a struggle to end male chauvinism or a movement to ensure than women have equal rights with men; it is a commitment to eradicating the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels—sex, race, and class, to name a few—-and a commitment to reorganizing U.S. society so that the self-development of people can take precedence over imperialism, economic expansion, and material desires.”—bell hooks (via subconciousevolution)
This list is stil a work in progress, but I really wanted to get it posted. I have either read parts of/all of the texts below or they have been recommended to me. Please reblog and add your own suggestions to the list. Each time someone adds something new, I’ll go back to this original post and make sure to include them. Thanks and enjoy!
Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
Women Culture and Politics by Angela Davis
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Borderlands/La frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua
Aint I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
Feminist Theory from Margin to Center by bell hooks
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
Medicine Stories by Aurora Levins Morales
Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Homeby Anita Hill
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Jessica Yee
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith
Companeras: Latina Lesbians by Juanita Ramos and the Lesbian History Project
Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernandez
This Bridge Called My Back edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation edited by Gloria Anzaldúa and AnaLouise Keating
Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color edited by Gloria Anzaldúa
Women Writing Resistance: Essays from Latin America and the Caribbean edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Unequal Sisters edited by Ellen DuBois and Vicki Ruiz
The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology
“Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence” by Adrienne Rich
“Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.” by Kimberle Crenshaw
On this day, 50 years ago, Frantz Fanon passed away. A psychiatrist, Pan-Africanist, writer, and revolutionary, he was born in Martinique in 1925. In 1952 he published Black Skin, White Masks, which exposed the negative effects of colonization on the mental state of subjugated peoples.
As a psychiatrist in Algeria, he joined the FLN (National Liberation Front), which waged a war of independence against France. In 1961, Fanon published The Wretched of the Earth, a book on decolonization that has remained a classic and influenced revolutionaries the world over, including Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Che Guevara, and the South African Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness movement. Fanon died in Maryland, where he had sought treatment for leukemia, and was buried in Algeria.