1. Rational Economic Man has in an extreme form features conventionally associated with masculinity, such as egoism, rational and calculative capacities. This rational egoist master subject hails from a more abstract planet than our own; he does not need to take the concrete, locatable earthian form of a particular individual or class of individuals, such as the top-hatted, cigar-smoking millionaire of popular past insurgent imagination. Much of the development of modernity has involved encoding the rationality and properties of this master subject into apparently impersonal, bureaucratic mechanisms and institutions expressive of the general machinery of hegemonic, and especially economic, rationality. That’s why they can so easily appear neutral and impartial, and thus ‘rational’. Androcentrism has been merged into the rules of the game, and the processes for selecting those who can play.

    Val Plumwood, Environmental Culture: The ecological crisis of reason (Routledge, 2002), p32

    I am so glad to be reading Val’s work again. It pretty much picks up where Feminism and the Mastery of Nature left off - taken together I think these two books make up one of the most significant works I’ve encountered. Absolutely essential reading for white people at the very least.

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  2. To the extent that we hyper-separate ourselves from nature and reduce it conceptually in order to justify domination, we not only lose the ability to empathise and to see the non-human sphere in ethical terms, but also get a false sense of our own character and location that includes an illusory sense of autonomy. The failure to see the non-human domain in the richer terms appropriate to ethics licences supposedly ‘purely instrumental’ relationships that distort our perceptions and enframings, impoverish our relations and make us insensitive to dependencies and interconnections…
    – Val Plumwood, Environmental Culture: The ecological crisis of reason, p9

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  3. Amazon commissions new trans-based TV series ‘Transparent’

    Amazon’s sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers

    oh look two links which just happen to be next to each other

    don’t ask about their labour practices, don’t tell…

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  4. I heard about that about four months ago. That intersectionality was being used as an adjective or a noun – a kind of feminist. It’s interesting. I’ve never called myself an intersectional feminist. I’m a black feminist that does intersectional work. I don’t have a strong sense one way or the other about how people self-identify…

    … I tend to focus more on what is the praxis. Can you tell the difference from an intersectional feminist project or organisation from one that is not, by the scope of the things that are done, by the analysis that looks at gender in relation to other systems of power and privilege?

    … But the end of that can’t simply be ‘ok, yay, it’s all on a banner’. It’s about what is enacted under it.”

    – Kimberlé Crenshaw in interview with Reni Eddo-Lodge

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  5. Poem to cis women

    petalsandbridges:

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  7. Looking for the study…

    boredangry:

    radtransfem:

    cheyennecartwright:

    which correlated trans women’s sense of self worth with their community involvement/lack thereof.

    I don’t think I’ve ever cited it, but I remember when it went around a way back and was able to find a link: http://ciscritical-not-cisphobic.tumblr.com/post/56800303343/taleth-more-reports-from-the-previously-linked

    I don’t know if you’re interested in the subject or in that specific article, but iirc there was some good stuff on the subject in the article “Strength in the Face of Adversity: Resilience Strategies of Transgender Individuals” by Anneliese A. Singh, Danica G. Hays and Laurel S. Watson. Dunno how available it is online but I bet you could dig it up.

    linky linky

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  8. Looking for the study…

    cheyennecartwright:

    which correlated trans women’s sense of self worth with their community involvement/lack thereof.

    I don’t think I’ve ever cited it, but I remember when it went around a way back and was able to find a link: http://ciscritical-not-cisphobic.tumblr.com/post/56800303343/taleth-more-reports-from-the-previously-linked

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  9. It is demoralizing, self-defeating, and ultimately boring to try to convert individual men who are determined to hold on to their power (and a liberal man who grants almost everything but is willing to fight viciously for the last 2% can be even more dangerous than the man who won’t give at all).

    And as far as killing the men - there are so many self-styled enemies that the disposal of the bodies along would be a national problem, not to mention the problem of “womanning” the slaughter houses when there are so many more interesting things to do in a world women are just discovering. It would be quite impractical.

    – Dara Densmore, "Who Claims Men Are The Enemy?" in Women’s Liberation: Blueprint for the Future (Ace Books, 1970), p50

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