Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How to blog and comment on race, feminism and equality

UPDATED!


So, the latest depressing blow up regarding intersection in the femisphere has me thinking about what I expect from myself as someone who writes about race, feminism and other equality issues on What Tami Said, and what I expect from the spaces I visit that deal with similar issues.

There are a few truths I hold to be self-evident:

  • Because online feminist spaces exist in the larger society, there is no "big feminist site" where I, a woman of color, will not have to struggle with race bias and erasure. The degree to which this is true varies, of course, but on the whole, the "big feminist sites" are not about me. This is unlikely to change anytime soon.
  • Because black blogs exist in the larger society, there is no male-run black blog where I, a woman, will not have to struggle with gender bias and erasure. This is unlikely to change anytime soon.
  • Because progressive blogs exist in the larger society, and despite what we have come to think of as leftist ideology, there is no progressive blog where I a woman of color, will not struggle with gender and race bias and erasure. This, too, is unlikely to change anytime soon.
  • Because I exist in the larger society, and despite my best efforts, I will never completely purge myself of the privilege and bias that comes with my class, education, physical ability, sexuality and cisgender. I will try--believe me, I will try. And I will get better. But some privileges and biases will be with me for a lifetime.
Given all this, here is how I can approach online dialog surrounding race, feminism, gender and sexuality:


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