Anonymous asked: I don't know what I think of you, since most of your posts (those I've seen so far) are quotes and articles, I was even pleasantly startled to see you quote your own essay on Harlem (is this published in its entirety anywhere?). Through your readings, quotes, and posts, you seem thoughtful, aware, attentive, and creative. Maybe even a bit retiring? It is the Internet after all, this is all guesswork. But I am sure I'd like to hear (read) more of your thoughts.
Anonymous asked: Your writing and dress sense are the best.
BUT WHERE’S MY PENIS?!” A POST-COLONIAL FEMINIST DISMANTLING OF SUZY LEE WEISS: AMERICA’S CRACKER
A single duty, a single objective: drive out colonialism by every means. And the most liberal among us would be prepared to accept this, at a pinch, but they cannot help seeing in this trial of strength a perfectly inhuman method used by subhumans to claim for themselves a charter for humanity: let them acquire it as quickly as possible, but in order to merit it, let them use nonviolent methods. Our noble souls are racist.
The metropolitan Left is in a quandary: it is well aware of the true fate of the “natives,” the pitiless oppression they are subjected to, and does not condemn their revolt, knowing that we did everything to provoke it. But even so, it thinks, there are limits: these guerrillas should make every effort to show some chivalry; this would be the best way of proving they are men. Sometimes the Left berates them: ‘You’re going too far; we cannot support you any longer.’ They don’t care a shit for its support; it can shove it up its ass for what it’s worth.
No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them.
This ain’t no fucking sing-along — Shlohmo, Crew Love (Remix)
The feminist movement is generally periodized into the so-called first, second and third waves of feminism. In the United States, the first wave is characterized by the suffragette movement; the second wave is characterized by the formation of the National Organization for Women, abortion rights politics, and the fight for the Equal Rights Amendments. Suddenly, during the third wave of feminism, women of colour make an appearance to transform feminism into a multicultural movement.
This periodization situates white middle-class women as the central historical agents to which women of colour attach themselves. However, if we were to recognize the agency of indigenous women in an account of feminist history, we might begin with 1492 when Native women collectively resisted colonization. This would allow us to see that there are multiple feminist histories emerging from multiple communities of colour which intersect at points and diverge in others. This would not negate the contributions made by white feminists, but would de-center them from our historicizing and analysis.
Indigenous feminism thus centers anti-colonial practice within its organizing. This is critical today when you have mainstream feminist groups supporting, for example, the US bombing of Afghanistan with the claim that this bombing will free women from the Taliban (apparently bombing women somehow liberates them).