A Calmer (or at least much shorter) Perspective?

UPDATE!!

Jessica Yee speaks: Responding to the mainstream feminist blogosphere on Feminism FOR REAL


Or at least one not so raw from the initial hurt.

On covering all the books, and all the articles, and all the things:
I’d like it to make it clear, I am not asking for feminist blogs with major readership to cover everything, but it would be cool for them to not only acknowledge that they can’t (because their admins are not super computers) or haven’t or won’t, but that some may feel left out or erased because they don’t. That too is a valid perspective.

On privilege and the vilification of  “calling out”:
We do need to have our privilege called out. To be feminist in practice means that we have to actively listen to fellow feminists critiques. It is natural to immediately go on the defensive, because damn it we are still human; we just have to understand that it is not a statement on our general character (though being unwilling to consider other perspectives just might be), but a call to awareness. We also have to realize that while we may not want the interaction to stop there, while we may want more than “this is fail, stop” it is not anyone’s place or responsibility to educate or teach us. The next step, is entirely up to the person who got called out, not the person who did the calling out. That being said, if the person who did the calling out feels up to doing some educating, some linking, and some referring, more power to them- and we should count ourselves doubly lucky that someone had the spoons to bother with our fail.

UPDATE!!

Jessica Yee speaks: Responding to the mainstream feminist blogosphere on Feminism FOR REAL

3 Responses to A Calmer (or at least much shorter) Perspective?

  1. Pingback: I Am Not Responsible For Your Education. « The Rambling Feminist

  2. Angel H. says:

    When I read her psot, all I saw was “whine, whine, whine. why doesn’t everybody love me. whine” I love Jessica Yee’s response:

    …this isn’t just about “I didn’t get the e-mail about the book” or “I admit I received it but didn’t take it seriously” or “the promotion of the book in my world sucks!” Let’s go back to the why – why didn’t you hear about it? Why isn’t your world talking about it? Beyond being busy (me and my ancestors have been busy for the last 500+ years trying not to be erased – but that’s neither here nor there) it also has to do with what you yourself are or aren’t making an effort to be in the know about or do and the fact that so many people think that what’s right in front of them is everyone else’s reality as well.

    • There was this great post on tumblr that pretty much summed it:

      via radicallyhottoff:

      and guess what? when we live in a country where 99% of white people never go to the theater to see an original release black centered/created movie, when 99% of white people can’t name top black radio shows, when 99% of white people have no idea where individual communities of color to go to talk amongst themselves, when 99% of white people don’t watch BET, much less Univision, when 99% of the 1% of white people go to Pow Wows go to admire the noble savage, when 99% of white people move the fuck out of black cities, schools, hoods, etc the minute they have a chance, when 99% of white people send their children to schools in the suburbs, when white parents at those suburbs spy on and tell on black families attending the school, when 99% of white feminists list all white authors as “feminist canon,” when 99% of white feminists think that Alice Walker, Audre Lorde and bell hooks are the extent of the entire woman of color canon—-I simply am not impressed with the… “Well, *I* read tons of feminist blogs/racialicious/am from specific place, etc etc etc and *I*’ve never *heard* of this book before!” line as a legitimate-explanatory-logical-this-proves-this-is-not-*my*-problem-it-must-be-something-YOU-did response.

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