Beyonce lied.

…women don’t run the world. And this badass woman right here breaks down exactly why this is the case.

Haven’t watched the new Beyonce video? Watch it here.

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Queer Latina Filmmakers Count on Love to Finish Mosquita y Mari

Holy. This project right here has got me cheesing like a mo’ fo’. Srsly.

Queers. Women. Beautiful brown folks. MAKING ART?!!

…SWOON.

So here’s the deal. They’ve got to raise a pretty penny to make sure that this project comes into fruition. AND IT’S HELLA IMPORTANT THAT IT DOES.

Why?

Uh-ho, lemme tell you. This project is about having a voice, sharing a story and a reality that might apply to a lot of people…we just don’t get to ever hear about it. It’s about creating new media and doing so in a skillful and critically conscious manner. This project is as much about communities of color and the queer community (and their intersections) as it is about YOU (and if these are your communities, it is triple-y important you advocate for its existence). So do the damn thing and donate.

Support QPOC, support art, support grassroots initiatives, and support LOVE.

On intersectionality and toxic body culture…AND…detrimental assumptions.

Alright kiddos, this article right here is a must read. No really. It is. Trust me.

In a guest post for Feministing, Sayantani DasGupta touches on some pretty key issues that arise for women who work to promote intersectionality while simultaneously discussing the detrimental effects of body through the broader social lens of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

The following is an excerpt that truly penetrates and has got my mind churning (it’s either this or the caffeine and I’m thinking it’s a little of both). While several of her points are spot on and important to the advancement of the discourse around gendered, racialized and commodified bodies, there was one part that really stuck out to me.  DasGupta claims:

Although I knew I was to speak with a powerhouse panel of women on globalization and medicalization, and I also knew Courtney’s commitment to diversity and a feminist intersectionality (thinking about gender oppression in the context of race, class, sexuality, etc., see here), my first thought on entering the room was “this issue isn’t relevant to me.” It was a strange, visceral reaction that wasn’t about who was present in the room, but how (I assumed) the argument was being framed.

For me, this is such an honest confession of what women like myself, who identify with several marginalized identity groups, often carry and hold onto. This assumption that we are going to be excluded, to put it bluntly, is one that I find hard to shake off.

I have been conditioned to think this way not only to validate my inherent skepticism of the level inclusion in whichever setting I find myself in, but to protect myself from utter disappointment and subsequent resentment. In essence, yes, holding onto these assumptions that people won’t understand, be inclusive, representative, or flamboyantly anti-racist, anti-homophobic, etc. is simply a defense mechanism I have developed over the years.  Frankly, I would not be at all surprised if this is the case for other marginalized individuals.

What I’m learning is that time and time again I have felt the need to prepare myself for this exclusion, subtle as it may be, and it’s really…wearing…me…down.

While I am in no way, shape, or form ready to offer any advice for how to come to terms with this, I am realizing that mindfulness is key. Yes, these assumptions are in direct opposition with the very way that I have been challenged to see the world (through the kaleidoscopic lens of intersectionality), but I want to catch myself here and just accept their existence.  I want to be aware and keep it there. I want to harness the blame and judgement that I feel building.  It’s not about who is causing “x” reaction– it’s about the fact that this reaction to activate these assumptions even occurs.  What does this say about the society that we live in? The feminist movement  today? The experiences of minorities in any given category? The experiences of individuals who work to promote intersectionality?

Clearly, I am still struggling with this issue of feeling unrecognized. But my time at Barnard has taught me to own my voice, to SPEAK because I can, and to speak and so that we can. And while issues such as these not-so-productive internalized assumptions come up, I’m learning to continue fighting a not-so-quiet battle to accept these realities (hence this pretty tangential post).

Le sigh…I have much to learn and while this has definitely added another layer to my path of self-cultivation and understanding, I am appreciative that I have been challenged and similarly, that I have been supported through this journey.*

So uh, in summary… can we get Sayantani DasGupta to speak at Barnard? No really… like right nao.

*Please note that this post might just be a “HOLY CRAP I’M GRADUATING IN 6 WEEKS” type rant. #$$&$**$%!!

HollabackNYC is looking for bad ass young leaders!

Hollaback is an organization that works to combat street harassment through the use of technology and through creating a forum for women and LGBTQ individuals to share their stories and experiences with street harassment.

Currently, HollabackNYC is preparing to pass on the leadership of its awesome and important project to a group of creative and committed youth (18-22 years of age) from the New York City area. View the flyer here: programflyerFINAL-1

Additionally, check out the video of a panel event hosted by BCRW on Feminist Responses to Street Harassment!

Email claudia@ihollaback.org to express interest or ask any questions!

OH, IT’S TIME TO FLIPPIN’ RALLY.

…and I feel like cursing up a storm! But I won’t (on here).

This anti-choice business has gone too far and it is time to gather in the masses to show that we’re not taking it. In addition to being a bad ass and attending the rally this upcoming Saturday, be sure to sign the petition against the plan to defund Planned Parenthood (posted below by the lovely Jordan)!

Stand Up For Women’s Health!
Saturday, February 26th
Foley Square, Across from the Court House in Lower Manhattan
New York City 1-3pm