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"But why share then? It’s on the INNANET! It’s PUBLIC!"

Because twitter is how we put our feminism into praxis. Twitter is one of the chief ways in which black feminists (and women from other marginalized groups) are able to engage with each other, bond with each other, and heal together. Twitter is how we discover that we are not alone with our struggles. Exactly what happened last night.

As such, we have to work within the confines of the platform. This is how twitter works. Open profiles allow us to connect to each other with ease. I personally would never have found 75% of the incredible, intelligent women that I now follow if they were forced to use private profiles to protect themselves. Requiring us to lockdown our profiles in order to protect ourselves from harm is a form of silencing. It directly affects and limits the framework we use to engage with each other, and it prevents us from sharing our stories and finding the support we need. Not to mention, a locked profile cannot protect against a manual retweet from an ill-intentioned follower.

By defaulting to “twitter is public I don’t need permission” when dealing with sensitive topics like this, you’re effectively saying “Don’t speak out! Don’t share your stories! Don’t share your pain! Because if you do I will be within my rights to exploit you, make money for myself and leave you to deal with the backlash.” It puts us in a situation where we are pressured into speaking out against rape culture and punished by threats and abuse if we do. There is no way to win.

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What Dove Really Needs is a A Shut the Fuck Up Patch for Itself

profilepic1-281x300 Kelly Bennett
GF Canada Coordinator noname-1-300x300 Kelly Fox
Queer Issues Correspondent

Welcome to our column, Two Kellys Agree. We’re Kelly Bennett and Kelly Fox, and we’re going to write a column every week on a topic we agree on. Sometimes it’ll be negative, sometimes it’ll be positive. We try our best to be intersectional, but please call us out if we fuck up.

twokellysagree

Two Kellys Agree: it’s like…

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janetmock:

Proud to be ELIXHER’s cover girl! In the Body Issue we create a space to celebrate our bodies, our narratives and our truths.
I’ve written about my experience shooting the cover and helping shape the theme of the issue with ELIXHER editor in chief Kimberley McLeod.
Lastly, I will be joined by Kimberley and the other queer women of the Body Issue who bravely bare all — Kim Crosby, Mia McKenzie and Tiona McClodden — on Thursday April 24 for a LIVE conversation via Google Hangouts at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

janetmock:

Proud to be ELIXHER’s cover girl! In the Body Issue we create a space to celebrate our bodies, our narratives and our truths.

I’ve written about my experience shooting the cover and helping shape the theme of the issue with ELIXHER editor in chief Kimberley McLeod.

Lastly, I will be joined by Kimberley and the other queer women of the Body Issue who bravely bare all — Kim Crosby, Mia McKenzie and Tiona McClodden — on Thursday April 24 for a LIVE conversation via Google Hangouts at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

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Don’t fool yourself. English isn’t inherently superior, or easier to learn, or more sonically pleasing. Its international usage comes from forceful assimilation and legacy of colonialistic injection. It isn’t a deed that one should take pride in.
my uncle left this comment on his friend’s Facebook status, a white British man who was bragging about how easy it is to be a native English speaker when trekking to different nations. (via maarnayeri)

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TW: Is it easier for us because she didn’t resist him? Rape erasure in Game of Thrones.

Chloe Durand

*TW: discussion of rape, rape culture, rape erasure*

10287362_10203582386630285_1844683804_nCan I just say straight off the bat, I do not like Game of Thrones. As an English student I find Martin’s writing style to be repetitive, unwieldy in the action or fast past scenes, sadistic and uninspired. But I’m not just an English student. I’m a woman. I’m a queer woman. I’m a woman of colour. I’m a feminist woman. (more…)

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An Ode to Dove/Unilever

An Ode to Dove/Unilever

Corley Jean

[This poem is in response to this this]

Today I would like to talk about the “most beautiful campaign”
and say,
FUCK YOU, Dove,
-in the words of feminist Kelly Fox-
“FUCK YOU FUCKING FUCK”
you don’t really care about us.
You just want us to know that we’re all beautiful
(and that our money is too).
Well I don’t need Unilever
to save me from myself,
Condescending Pricks.
On one…

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nonbinarycuties:

I found this at the LGBTQA resource at my school and I think it’s so cool!

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Italian Women’s Strategies of Resistance

Italian Women’s Strategies of Resistance

1381209_654889245181_1390069621_n Lachrista Greco
GF Founder

[another version of this appeared at lachristagreco.com]

Si viju lu diavulu non schiantu (If I see the devil I do not run).

– Calabrese women’s song

download (3)Italian peasant women in the 1800s used various ways of everyday resistance. For example, these women “’exercised considerable indirect social power, arranging marriages, assigning reputations, helping one another to…

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LGBTQ* Theory Books (You May Want) To Know

  • Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory - Mimi Marinucci
  • Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory (Gender and Culture) - Lynne Huffer

  • Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity - Judith Butler
  • Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies) - Qwo-Li Driskill (Editor), Chris Finley (Editor), Brian Joseph Gilley (Editor), Scott Lauria Morgensen (Editor)

  • Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism - Patricia Gherovici 

     

  • Queer Cowboys: And Other Erotic Male Friendships in Nineteenth-Century American Literature - Chris Packard

     

  • Aberrations In Black: Toward A Queer Of Color Critique (Critical American Studies) - Roderick A. Ferguson

     

  • Queer Girls in Class (Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education) - Lori Horvitz