Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Incomplete Guide to Feminist Infighting

The Incomplete Guide to Feminist Infighting - The Wire

Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars | The Nation

The dogma that’s being enforced in online feminist spaces is often called “intersectionality,” but in practice it’s quite different from the theory elaborated by KimberlĂ© Crenshaw, the UCLA law professor who coined the word. In a 1989 article in The University of Chicago Legal Forum, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Anti-Discrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics,” Crenshaw described how the failure to consider the intersection of racism and sexism in the lives of women of color left a lacuna in civil rights law. She cited a failed lawsuit by a group of black women against General Motors; the court ruled that while race discrimination and sex discrimination are both causes of action, “a combination of both” is not. Another of Crenshaw’s articles described a women’s shelter balking at accepting a Latina victim of domestic violence because she wasn’t proficient in English and thus couldn’t participate in mandated group therapy sessions. Her work can be theoretical, but it’s focused on legal and material conditions far more than patterns of discourse. 
“My own efforts to create a voice and a perspective on these failures haven’t really been about chastisement, or a certain set of assumptions about what the articulation that I’m critiquing should have been, or what the failure of it represents in the person,” Crenshaw says, “but rather a collective effort to build a feminism that does more of the work that it claims to do.”

intersectionalists are after Laurie Penny and Richard Seymour

Further adventures in Intersectionality

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Class and Identity | Jonas Kyratzes

Class and Identity | Jonas Kyratzes: I think he's explaining the distinction better than I've managed. Whether he'll be any more successful, I dunno—it looks like an identitarian has already complained in the comments. Frankly, telling anyone they're doing something wrong is hard, no matter how gently you do it and how much you acknowledge you understand what sent them down the wrong path. Much of the reason I stay in awe of Malcolm X is he figured it out on his own.

Hmm. Though having said that, if Malcolm hadn't clashed with Elijah Muhammad, maybe he would've ended up no different than Louis Farrakhan. Sometimes the best of us need a boot in the butt to realize we're hanging with people who've got the wrong take.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

the latest draft of my SJW book

The next posts will be the latest draft of my book about social justice warriors and identitarianism. Comments are very welcome.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Gandhi and King rebuke social justice warriors


“An opponent is entitled to the same regard for his principles as we would expect others to have for ours.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-cooperation is directed not against men but against measures. It is not directed against the Governors, but against the system they administer. The roots of non-cooperation lies not in hatred but in justice if not in love.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“If we want to cultivate a true spirit of democracy we cannot afford to be intolerant. Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“It is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to resist and attack its author is tantamount to resisting and attacking oneself, for we are all tarred with the same brush, and are children of one and the same Creator, and as such the divine powers within us are infinite. To slight a single human being, is to slight those divine powers and thus to harm not only that Being, but with Him, the whole world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” —Mahatma Gandhi


"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." —Martin Luther King Jr.

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

“We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.” —Martin Luther King Jr., “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Feb. 4, 1968

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Regarding the boycott of Nottoway Plantation and Ani Di Franco

From the plantation's website, The History of Nottoway Plantation – The Largest Antebellum Mansion in the South: "That this history includes the abhorrent practice of slavery is not a fact of which we are proud, nor do we take it lightly. However, as with many other celebrated historical plantations, such as George Washington's Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Madison's Montpelier, slavery is an inextricable part of Nottoway's past. If we could change it, we would."

These hardly seem like evil racists. And there point is valid. If Ani Di Franco had scheduled a gig at Mount Vernon, would it have been protested? For that matter, if she scheduled a gig in Washington, DC, would it be canceled? Slaves helped build the Capitol, after all.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

another identitarian questions outrage culture

Words, Words, Words: On Toxicity and Abuse in Online Activism – Nuclear Unicorn: "I have feared stumbling over the Tumblr trip wire and falling into the abyss of “call-out culture” to be discredited with every slur and slander in the book by the people who I ought to be able to trust the most. This stays my author’s hand as much as anxiety about being attacked by, say, the same crowd that bedevils Anita Sarkeesian. I fear the moment I get tarred as a “collaborator,” “apologist” for privilege, or a “sell out” (to women, to Latin@s, to working class people, to trans folk). Equally troubling is the fear of my loved ones being caught in the mammoth whirlpool of Twitter/Tumblr Justice and tarred for their association with me. "

Friday, January 3, 2014

on Ani DiFranco, identitarian logic, and why SJW targets must apologize for their apologies

Jezebel is one of a prime outrage site for identitarians, so click at your own risk: Ani DiFranco Issues a Real Apology for Plantation Event.

The quick story is she was going to do a workshop on a former plantation in Louisiana, but anti-racists decided it was wrong to use a place with a past of slavery.

Now, remember that at the time of the American Revolution, slavery was practiced in every colony. So by their logic, anti-racists should not do anything in any state that existed before 1865.

DiFranco cancelled the event and apologized. But because no apology is good enough for warriors, she apologized again. Perhaps the second apology will take.

ETA: Salon can always love the outrage: Ani DiFranco’s faux-pology: White privilege and the year in race.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Scalzi throws Mike Krahulik to the the wolves

Mike Krahulik and His New Year’s Resolution | Whatever.

No, what Scalzi has done is not what friends do. Well, except in the warriorverse, where friends send friends to the camps for correction.

Consider Krahulik's post and the reaction an example of why no apology can be good enough for SJWs. Google variants on "fauxpology" for examples.