1. There is no room around me in which to be still, to examine and explore what pain is mine alone—no device to separate my struggle within from fury at the outside world’s viciousness, the stupid brutal lack of consciousness or concern that passes for the way things are. The arrogant blindness of comfortable white women. What is this work all for? What does it matter whether I ever speak again or not? I try. The blood of black women sloshes from coast to coast and Daly says race is of no concern to women. So that means we are either immortal or born to die and no note taken, un-women.
    – Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals
    (via feniceargento)

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  2. When you accuse marginalized feminists of “infighting” for holding you to a standard of solidarity, you are perpetuating the notion of a nebulous, impossible to confront oppressor. You are taking a shallow advantage of the internalized oppression you claim to resist by applying it to people who want to hold you accountable.
    – Jetta Rae, Why It’s Time To Put A Stop To Feminist ‘Infighting’ Accusations

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  3. Starter resources for radical trans women looking for alternatives to white liberal gender theory

    smallvoidthing:

    radtransfem:

    smallvoidthing:

    a-little-bi-furious:

    smallvoidthing:

    radtransfem:

    Aoife Emily Heart, Eyeliner, Menstrual Blood, and the Nostalgia for a Body Occultism

    Alyx Luxemburg, Trans People and the Dialectics of Sex and Gender: Against Radical and Liberal Feminism

    Lisa Millbank (me), Sex Educations: Gendering and Regendering Women

    Aoife is a TERF tho….

    I thought she was a trans woman? Well I guess trans women can be terfs too but shit, when did that happen?

    A few months ago. Literally all gender critical theory leads to terfdom. Its all poison. If you want alternatives to white gender theory read this instead.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial/Modern_Gender_System

    I made this post before that swerve. :/ Thx for link tho - I’ve been wanting to read more by Lugones since Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes but hadn’t come across this yet. A friend found me a copy so I’ll check it out. And I agree with you, “gender critical” is poison…

    You really need to dig into that stuff. It really does replace both liberal feminist ideas about gender and radical feminist ideas as well. You are a well read, smart woman. But i wish you had a better idea of colonial gender in your works, also a little love to sex workers would be great.

    I wish I did too! A lot of what’s out there I wrote a while back - I hope my ideas now (mostly unwritten or at least unpublished) are an improvement. But working through it slowly. Reading a lot

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  4. Starter resources for radical trans women looking for alternatives to white liberal gender theory

    smallvoidthing:

    a-little-bi-furious:

    smallvoidthing:

    radtransfem:

    Aoife Emily Heart, Eyeliner, Menstrual Blood, and the Nostalgia for a Body Occultism

    Alyx Luxemburg, Trans People and the Dialectics of Sex and Gender: Against Radical and Liberal Feminism

    Lisa Millbank (me), Sex Educations: Gendering and Regendering Women

    Aoife is a TERF tho….

    I thought she was a trans woman? Well I guess trans women can be terfs too but shit, when did that happen?

    A few months ago. Literally all gender critical theory leads to terfdom. Its all poison. If you want alternatives to white gender theory read this instead.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial/Modern_Gender_System

    I made this post before that swerve. :/ Thx for link tho - I’ve been wanting to read more by Lugones since Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes but hadn’t come across this yet. A friend found me a copy so I’ll check it out. And I agree with you, “gender critical” is poison…

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  5. petalsandbridges:

    Just after she truly admitted that she had never experienced desire in the form we have and therefor it was hard to recognize until that moment… I watched as she made a man priority.

    I don’t know if she has thrown it out in the interest of putting a further wall up - I hope not, but somewhere in her apartment is the chapter of the Prude’s Progress I gave her:

    'Now what? When will feminist desire start happening to us? Well, it won’t. As women, men are what “happen” to us.’

    And there it sits, or maybe in a dumpster or recycling plant. I watched a men happen to my new friend. I fell in love with her and it was probably kinda mutual. It was all too much, too confusing, too unfamiliar and it wasn’t just happening to her. I called on her to be with me - awake, present, responsible. A man just wanted her to be “his girlfriend.” Nothing hurts more than watching her become enfolded in yet one more world too small for her.

    I realize now, though, that she doesn’t know what she wants. She’s lost. And have I mentioned that I am too? I can’t blame her. How could I, when I am just as lost as she? I long just as much for safety, and for a simple world of being in a limiting role. I’m not sure it was ever offered to me, and if it was, I don’t know if I would say no. It feels to me now that a Prude’s best friend in some way must be herself? Because this road doesn’t do us any favors. Other women get pulled in, and I guess this is one of those times I have to live as myself instead of following. I could call it waiting, but I won’t. I shouldn’t.

    I must keep moving… mourning as I step. Call me dramatic…

    oh, hon, you’re not dramatic. That is the only way to move. One step, one sorrow. I’ve rarely been able to afford one without the other. It’s part of the process of being your own friend - and yes, I’m sure you’re right. Our paths do meet - most wonderously sometimes we meet as Pairs of Prudes - but even then we each have to hold back the sea. And keep walking as we do it.

    And, by the way, I recognise so intimately the situation you describe. I think you’re doing the right things but fucking hell, it’s hard work. I’m sorry you’re there. :/

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  6. Recommend me where to start reading Gayatri Spivak?

    Can anyone recommend a good (-ish; I’m aware there’s no trivial place to begin) starting point for Gayatri Spivak’s work? Just The Reader? Or one of her book-length works? I’m generally more into books than articles, and I have some time to give them.

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