Femmostroppo Reader – August 11, 2010

Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.

  • Patriarchy hurts babies too
  • – “A man beat a 16-month-old boy to death for being too feminine last Sunday.[…]The elder Jones confessed the crime to troopers, saying he was “trying to make him act like a boy instead of a little girl.”

    A little girl. I can almost hear the venom in his voice. The hatred. The disgust. A little girl: subhuman, vile.[…]
    The gender policing of little boys, especially, happens constantly, all around us. If masculinity is inborn, why must it be beat into a child?”

  • Mocking Men with Femininity
  • – “The Tribune was counting on the fact that femininity is stigmatized for men; thus, they don’t have to say anything meaningful about Pronger or make a specific claim. Just linking him to femininity — through clothing, name, and language — is enough to make fun of him. Of course, this isn’t just about mocking Pronger. By default, using femininity to ridicule men involves devaluing women and things associated with us. Someone who “skates like Jane” — that is, like a girl — is laughable.”

  • Mel Gibson Is More Than Just A Racist Fuckbag: Tapegate Revisited
  • – “After listening to all of the tapes, the word “nigger” hardly made a dent on me. It didn’t resonate as much as Gibson’s other hurtful words. I was fiercely upset by the demeaning language used against Grigorieva. In this instance it was so clear to me that my being black was secondary to my being a woman. I don’t always feel this way. Being black in America is informed by such recent, devastating historical realities. These realities are very tangible and urgent to me, whereas feminism sometimes feels foreign. And one cannot forget that feminism in American was at one point couched in racist thought as well.”

  • This is so the worst thing you're going to read all day.
  • – “Note that one of the narratives of the rape culture is that women should be magically able to identify rapists to avoid becoming their victims…but when women correctly construe a man as a potential threat and report him to authorities for escalating harassment, their intuition is dismissed out of hand.”

  • I Coulda Been a Messiah!
  • – “Now, I’d been thinking about issues colonized by transhumanists ever since I became a biologist: genetic engineering, prostheses, organ replacement and regeneration, longevity, brain function – for the simple reason that they are core domains in biology (to say nothing of medicine, society, etc). And ain’t I a woman? A dark ethnic one, at that? So no, Virginia, thinking Bik Thotz is not limited to white boys. But I guess that a thought doesn’t count as big (or even as a thought) until/unless a white boy utters it. Or, as a reviewer for one of my research manuscripts once opined, “If what you report were true, someone would have discovered it.””

  • Just Who You Callin’ White
  • – “It has always been fun for me to experience the myriad ways disability “whitens” me as I go about life in the mainstream (i.e., white, non-disabled) world. Essentially, the way this works is that the cultural perception that disabled peeps are childlike, always in need of charity and/or help usually overcomes the threat posed by my race. I’ve always thought of it as a kind of “fuck you — your racism deserves to be subverted by my disability.” I’ve never had the experience where disability whitens me in/before an African-American eye.”

  • …And At This Point, I Don’t See It Stopping Anytime Soon
  • – “Courtesy of amandaw I bring you this stellar article that once again rubs in my face how brilliantly miserable the VA is scratching the surface of realizing what is wrong with they way they even see women veterans.”

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