white feminist fail

white feminists who just fail to acknowledge racial disparities in their feminism are so frustrating tbh 

you can’t talk about the representation of women in media completely unconnected from intersecting spheres of domination like race, class, religion, imperialism etc. it’s very obvious when they clearly have not at least attempted to be aware or understand the experience outside their own.

you just can’t talk about women’s issues as if it’s monolithic, without recognising that how women may be oppressed by the dominance of men takes different shape and form because of all these other different factors. like…my great-grandmother was not forced to be the demure housewife or something. she had to bust her ass working low-paying jobs because she lived in a British colony where non-white women were labour. Not sipping tea and forced to wait at home for their husbands. Yes, she was expected to have kids. But her marginalisation economically wasn’t so much lack of financial independence but being forced to work poor-paying jobs AND juggle raising kids. It’s a different experience. Not that being forced to be a housewife isn’t also a big problem and oppressive in its own way, but…it’s about recognising misogyny and the experiences of women took on different dimensions for various reasons.


[imgs: The front and back covers of the zine Hoax #12 along with a screenshot of its table of contents.]


+ What is Hoax? Hoax is a US annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space where we can voice our own truths. Each issue has a theme in tandem with feminisms. Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to the zine. You can learn more about Hoax via links about our Mission Statement, Core Values, and Shared Goals, General Hoax FAQs, Submission FAQs, and Stipends for Submissions.

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Essays in this issue (chronological order):

  • A piece about 12 step groups and how they’re both helpful and harmful, and why the writer had to eventually leave
  • An informational essay about rape-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) faced by military personnel and the importance of distinguishing it from combat-related PTSD
  • Dealing with issues surrounding trauma, alcohol use, and a lack of resources in an unhealthy and unsupportive relationship
  • A piece examining the author’s experiences and feelings about a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) intensive program and the idea of recovery
  • How a sick femme mama is working through the misogynistic bullshit around taking care of others before she takes care of herself
  • A short comic story about a small surgery
  • Connections between personal experiences with grief over the death of a parent and being a survivor, and why the writer doesn’t talk about either anymore
  • Facing PTSD as a result of multiple suicide attempts and how the duality of passive / active personal choice impacts the writer’s feelings of not having a “valid” kind of trauma
  • A creative nonfiction essay documenting the process of writing poetry about the uglier parts of the past as a way to heal from it
  • Gaining awareness and perspective on personal growth through untimely emotions and unbalanced body changes
  • Poetry about aging, a mother’s abortion, and PTSD
  • A discussion of medium-term recovery from rape and abuse using the medium of journaling to come to terms with what happened
  • Lessons learned from poc family that white environmental and feminist activism failed to teach the writer
  • How to take care of oneself and attempt to avoid secondary trauma when working as a domestic violence advocate or in a similar position
  • Understanding the relationship between race and gender with Body Focused Repetitive Disorders through the eyes of one sufferer
  • The honest and raw process of understanding asexual erasure, one’s asexuality, sexuality, and other’s reactions to it all
  • Coming of age in new jersey, Mad Pride, organizing in southern appalachia, and struggles to maintain community among psychiatric survivors
  • A personal essay deconstructing the supposed linear trajectory of the concept of “healing,” while exploring the author’s ties to alternative mental health philosophies
  • An essay examining the social and personal meanings of self-harming behaviours through a feminist, trauma-informed lens
  • Exploring how the meaning of friendship has changed throughout the author’s life in late capitalism, alternately providing spaces of healing and challenges to identity as a sex-negative, working poor black woman in suburbia

This issue also includes feminists we love, current feminist heroes, and a vegan/gf recipe for 8 Layer Taco Dip! The zine is ½ size, black & white print, 80 pages, and very text heavy.

+ Note about Triggering Content: We are circulating the above descriptive list in an effort to reveal the content and ordering of this issue, thus creating the opportunity for readers to judge on a personal basis as to which essays could be potentially triggering or uncomfortable to them. We have chosen not to place trigger warnings on specific pieces in Hoax because we recognize that triggers are unique and highly personal. We believe that it is impossible to discern what content has the potential to be upsetting and/or triggering to every one of our readers, and we do not want to inadvertently create a hierarchy of what material is “intense” or “real” enough to warrant a warning. Please contact us if you have suggestions as to how to better incorporate trigger warnings into future issues of Hoax.

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With care,

sari (Editor) & rachel (Editorial Assistant)

duskeypoo  asked:

Did you have to say my fellow white feminist?

Well, you sent this twice so you must really want an answer. Yes. Yes I did have to say my fellow white feminists. Two big reasons.

First, I am a white feminist. This means that it’s not my job to tell women of color who are feminists (or any people of color who are feminists for that matter) how to be a feminist or how to do feminism.

I’m pretty damn sure they’re doing just fine. A woman of color invented intersectionality; a woman of color invented womanism; women of color have been doing amazing things with feminism in general and critiquing media in specific for longer than I’ve been alive.

So I’ve got no business sitting in my privileged position telling any woman of color how to do any kind a damn thing when it comes to feminism. I try to watch my privilege real hard and combat it when I can.

Reason number two, is that I am a white feminist. Which means that I need to keep an eye on my sisters and call them out with loving kindness when they’re fucking up.

White feminists have been failing at intersectionality in general. When it comes to Agent Carter in specific, it was white feminists who were saying we should wait, we shouldn’t think about racial issues as themes of the show or even critique the racist way it was portraying New York City. Not the first season, not when it was so critical to make sure the show succeeded. They were the ones – no, we were the ones, I don’t want to disclaim liability for being part of that group – who are telling the women of color who were justly critiquing the show to sit down and shut up.

So it was white feminists who were the fuck ups, and as a white feminist it’s my job to collect my cousins when they’re not being all they can be.

Tl;dr: yes, because I have a responsibility to combat my white privilege and because feminists of color weren’t the fuck ups in the first place.