Posted by: eliseanne | January 26, 2010

Tidbits from my blogosphere

I am trying to post more than once a month now, but may not have time to actually think out things and write my own stuff. So, in the meantime, check out what I’ve been reading and thinking on through blogs I follow or stumble upon:

  • Interdependency, not Independence, is the goal –
    A wonderful post on the U.S.’ emphasis on independence, and how independce really is a sad and oppressive goal. Instead we should pursue interdependence. (For the Jesus followers out there, I would say that is something Jesus would agree with too). Written from the perspective of a queer person of color who has a disability. Here’s a sample of the powerful writing:
  • The myth of independence being of course, that somehow we can and should be able to do everything on our own with out any help from anyone.  This requires such a high level of privilege and even then, it is still a myth.  Who’s oppression and exploitation must exist for your “independence?” …
  • Interdependency is both “you and I” and “we.”  It is solidarity, in the best sense of the word.  It is inscribing community on our skin over and over and over again.   It is truly moving together in an oppressive world towards liberation and refusing to let the personal be a scapegoat for the political.
  • Women and Raunch Culture
    Female Chauvenistic Pigs, a book by Ariel Levy about how women, in the name of feminism and anti-sexism, have joined raunch culture to be liberated with Girls Gone Wild, pole-dancing classes, and Playboy bunny accessories. The book argues that instead of equality, feminism is taking a step backwards as women internalize misogyny and turn themselves and other women into perpetual sex objects who fight each other for sexual power over men.
  • A New, Whites-Only Basketball League
    Yes, you read it correctly. I wasn’t being sarcastic. If you want to discuss this or need more explaining, just ask, this is a safe place. Some good examples of glossed-over racism from the founder  (Mr. Lewis) are:
  • “There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” he said. “I don’t hate anyone of color… “ [Racially motivated discrimination does not have to mean hate…but it does imply racism!]
  • Lewis said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball instead of “street-ball” played by “people of color.”
  • “Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?” he said. “That’s the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction.” [Read: People of color are uncivilized, violent, poor-mannered, and scary. I want to segregate them away from me.]
  • “…The white game of basketball, which is essentially a fundamental game, works.” [Read: The way people of color play basketball is not fundamental, not about the game or rules, but about being violent, threatening, animalistic, and scary].
  • Addressing the Jokes, etc about Rape in Prisons – 
    Just Detention, an organization that works to end sexual abuse in prisons, has a new awareness campaign that shows pictures of people in “normal” clothes, asks if you would help if that person were raped (woman) or joke around if that person were raped (man), and then shows the same people in orange jumpsuits, and asks the questions again. Powerful imagery, and it caught even me and how I have been programmed to respond to rape.
  •  The US is bad at supporting Working Mothers/Fathers
    A new Center for American Progress report shows that the US is doing poorly in supporting working parents. Other countries give paid time off to working parents when they have a new child (some in Europe give months or even years with a stipend!), as federal laws. We have the FMLA, but that only saves jobs for parents who can afford to be without a paycheck for 3 months. 
  • Second, the report puts it all in our policy context: The authors explains that the lack of progress in the United States is the result of a conscious choice by our political leadership. Understand: the absence of work/family policies is policy.
  •  More Misogyny – Sexual Violence Against Women Scenes on T-Shirts
    Dear God, when will it stop.
  • Annie Hollywood t-shirt features a gagged woman; the text on the gag reads ‘Hollywood’. She looks tired and bleak and defeated.
  • I think about the large number of people who must have had to design and approve these t-shirts. I think about how a marketing team must have seen fit to send them out to the general public, because they knew lots of people would buy them.
  • It’s about the survivors of violence having to endure these t-shirts being thrust in their faces when they walk down the street, at a party, going about their everyday lives. The horror in this is in forcing on these women reminders of their assaults and that their experiences and feelings are just fine to use and make a profit from… 
  •  Filipion Women to Receive 100 Lashes for Being Raped
    A woman from the Phillippines was in Saudi Arabia looking for janitorial work to support her family, and she was raped by a coworker and became pregnant. She did not press charges, because she knew the strict law might result in physical violence to herself. So she returned to the Phillippines, but she was forced to undergo a medical exam before she could re-enter. She was put in prison for having an affair, but the conditions were so bad that she miscarried. It’s against the law to lash a pregnant woman, but now, she is no longer pregnant, so she will receive 100 lashes. [Pray, speak out, and fight back against this atrocity]
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Responses

  1. It’s tough to read your blog and remain blissfully ignorant.

    Thank you for that.

  2. ugh. The basketball link oozes ignorance
    in fact as do they all

    thanx for bringing these to attention…


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