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A controversial reclamation of the word “slut.”

The protests began after a police officer told students at Toronto’s York University in January that if women want to avoid rape, they shouldn’t dress like “sluts.” …As one Toronto SlutWalk sign put it: “Don’t tell us how to dress. Tell men not to rape.

- Jessica Valenti, founder of Feministing.com
Valenti talks more about it here. An account of Slut Walk Minneapolis can be found here.
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A controversial reclamation of the word “slut.”

The protests began after a police officer told students at Toronto’s York University in January that if women want to avoid rape, they shouldn’t dress like “sluts.” …As one Toronto SlutWalk sign put it: “Don’t tell us how to dress. Tell men not to rape.

- Jessica Valenti, founder of Feministing.com

Valenti talks more about it here. An account of Slut Walk Minneapolis can be found here.

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#feminism  #sexuality  #slut  #word as metaphor 
"It has become difficult to name one’s feminism by a single adjective — or even to insist in every circumstance upon the noun. Consciousness of exclusion through naming is acute. Identities seem contradictory, partial, and strategic. With the hard-won recognition of their social and historical constitution, gender, race, and class cannot provide the basis for belief in ‘essential’ unity. There is nothing about teeing ‘female’ that naturally binds women. There is not even such a state as ‘being’ female, itself a highly complex category constructed in contested sexual scientific discourses and other social practices. Gender, race, or class consciousness is an achievement forced on us by the terrible historica experience of the contradictory social realities of patriarchy, colonialism, and capitalism."
Donna Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature

(Source: stanford.edu)

— 3 years ago with 36 notes
#donna haraway  #female  #feminism  #word as metaphor 

"Charting the History of Hip"

NPR talks to John Leland about his book Hip: The History. The building blocks of hip, Leland states, are 

  • individualism
  • the use of low (vulgar) language
  • self reliance
  • civil disobedience,
  • the intersection of black and white culture

Hip’s origin is in the mingling and cultural borrowing of European and Africans. An excerpt from the book:

From these origins, hip tells a story of black and white America, and the dance of conflict and curiosity that binds it. In a history often defined by racial clash, hip offers an alternative account of centuries of contact and emulation, of back-and-forth. This line of mutual influence, which we seldom talk about, is not a decorative fillip on the national identity but one of the central, life-giving arteries. Though the line often disappears in daily life—through segregation, job discrimination and the racial split in any school cafeteria—it surfaces in popular culture, where Americans collect their fantasies of what they might be. The center of American culture runs through Mark Twain and Louis Armstrong, and it is impossible to imagine either’s work without both African and European roots. Born in radically different circumstances and separated by history, they have as much in common with each other as with their peers from what either might call the ancestral homeland. Both are classicists and bluesmen, masters of language, breakers of the rules that would hold them apart. What they have in common is hip.

— 3 years ago with 6 notes
#hip  #word as metaphor 
fuckyeahfeminists:


damn they had to get thin white ladies for ALL THREE WAVES OF FEMINISM?! jfc.

Yeah especially for the third wave rep. PFT.

fuckyeahfeminists:

damn they had to get thin white ladies for ALL THREE WAVES OF FEMINISM?! jfc.

Yeah especially for the third wave rep. PFT.

(Source: addiemariacheges, via femmebrigade)

— 3 years ago with 80 notes
#feminism  #perspective  #racism  #word as metaphor 
Frederick Douglass

I was generally introduced as a “chattel”—a “thing”—a piece of southern “property”…

From My Bondage and My Freedom

Frederick Douglass

I was generally introduced as a “chattel”—a “thing”—a piece of southern “property”

From My Bondage and My Freedom

— 3 years ago with 142 notes
#frederick douglass  #property  #thing  #word as metaphor 

Every concept arises from the equation of unequal things.

We obtain the concept, as we do the form, by overlooking what is individual and actual…

What then is truth? …a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding.

Nietzsche, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense, 1174

— 3 years ago
#nietzsche  #word as metaphor  #partial truth