What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that
she cannot see her heelprint upon another woman’s face?
What woman’s terms of oppression have become precious
and necessary to her as a ticket into the fold of the righteous,
away from the cold winds of self-scrutiny? … We welcome all
women who can meet us, face to face, beyond objectification
and beyond guilt.
No matter what a woman’s appearance may be, it will be used to undermine what she is saying and taken to individualize - as her personal problem - observations she makes about the beauty myth in society.
Revolution is not showing life to people, but bringing them to life. A revolutionary organisation must always remember that its aim is not getting its adherents to listen to convincing talks by expert leaders, but getting them to speak for themselves, in order to achieve, or at least strive toward, an equal degree of participation.
Guy Debord, For A Revolutionary Judgement of Art, 1961 (via ellephanta)
The battered women’s movement succeeded in making the effects of domestic violence more visible when it happened to women who were white affluent straight and above all, sympathetic victims. However this success came at the expense of women who did not fit this image of the deserving victim. In making violence against some women visible, the battered women’s movement reproduced the invisibility of violence against women who were seen as undeserving.
“Innocent Victims and Brave New Laws: State Protection and the Battered Women’s Movement” by Priya Kandaswamy; from Nobody Passes:Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, ed. Mattilda a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore
Having privilege isn’t something you can usually change, but that’s okay, because it’s not something you should be ashamed of, or feel bad about. Being told you have privilege, or that you’re privileged, isn’t an insult. It’s a reminder! The key to privilege isn’t worrying about having it, or trying to deny it, or apologize for it, or get rid of it. It’s just paying attention to it, and knowing what it means for you and the people around you. Having privilege is like having big feet. No one hates you for having big feet! They just want you to remember to be careful where you walk.
[Image description: Jon Stewart drinking some kind of rainbow-colored drink, with a quote next to it saying “I have to say, as someone who is not a Christian, it’s hard for me to believe Christians are a persecuted people in America. Godwilling, maybe one of you one day will even rise up and get to be president of this country — or maybe forty-four in a row. But that’s my point, is they’ve taken this idea of no establishment as persecution, because they feel entitled, not to equal status, but to greater status - Jon Stewart” End description]
The separation of church and state in the US was for exactly that reason—so that the state wouldn’t have control over the church, not the other way around.
I think that is part of why Americans are more religious than Europeans, who come from a background of having a state-run church.
If you are a woman, if you’re a person of colour, if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, if you are a person of size, if you are a person of intelligence, if you are a person of integrity, then you are considered a minority in this world….
When you don’t have self-esteem you will hesitate before you do anything in your life … You will hesitate to defend yourself when you are discriminated against because of your race, your sexuality, your size, your gender. You will hesitate to vote, you will hesitate to dream.
For us to have self-esteem is truly an act of revolution and our revolution is long overdue.
I want there to be a place in the world where people can engage in one another’s differences in a way that is redemptive, full of hope and possibility. Not this “In order to love you, I must make you something else”. That’s what domination is all about, that in order to be close to you, I must possess you, remake and recast you.