Let’s clear something up...

Feminism refers to the advocacy for women’s rights on the ground of equality of all sexes.

White feminism refers to a brand of feminism that focuses primarily on white Western women, with a constant failure to include the struggles of women of colour, LGBTQIA+ women, transgender women and women of cultural and religious minorities.

Miley Cyrus is a white feminist.

She belittled Nicki in an interview for using her platform to bring to light the struggles WOC face in the entertainment industry as opposed to white female artists and then acted victimised when Nicki called her out on her bullshit. She completely dismissed a struggles WOC face, a prime example of white feminism.

What’s more, she turned up to the MTV VMAs with dreadlocks and no one uttered a word. Meantime, when Zendaya, a WOC, sported dreadlocks at the Oscars, Giuliana Rancic said she smelled like “patchouli oil” and “weed” (racism at its finest).

There is a huge difference between the type of feminist Miley Cyrus is and the type of feminist Nicki Minaj is, and the fact that Miley Cyrus can dismiss Nicki and have half the world defend her privilege is a scary, scary thing. 

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Salute to Black Grace; elegance, refinement, poise, honor, dignity and finesse.

#QueenMotherSister

for girls who keep old love letters

I still think about you, sometimes.
Not as much as before, yes,
but in a deeper way.

Your manuscript sits on my desk.

I’ve outlined another one,
stapled the pages
to my favorite notebook
and flip through it every class—
out of boredom,
nothing else.
Sometimes I wonder,
Is this the book?
Are these the words that will make you fall
in love with me?

I have a girlfriend now.
She has golden eyes and a small waist
and hair that curls down her back
like Cleopatra.
We watch old movies
with her legs in my lap
and my hands fingering
the corners of your next novel.

Your novel.
I wrote it for you, but
the pages all bear your name.

Getting over you
isn’t as easy as writing ‘The End’
and autographing the cover.
Getting over you doesn’t feel like
a shimmering hardback
in the storefront window.

It feels like
an angry red X over my favorite pages;
it feels like misspelled words
spoken by characters who disappear
without a conclusion.

It feels like
staring at a crumpled white page
that feels wrong, wrong, wrong
even without words.

It feels like

like

your kiss on my neck,
tingling,
and the soft blue fabric
of the sweater I wore home.
It sounds like
the whistling air between your lips
and the way you giggled
into my shoulder.
It tastes like
the strawberry lip gloss
that rubbed off on my teeth
and the stale subway air
on Sunday morning.

We don’t end up together in the manuscript,
either.

How do you deal with Heterosexism

I wanted to let everyone know about this:

The LGBTQ-affirmative research group at the University of Massachusetts Boston — the LGBTQ UMass Boston Advocacy and Research Collaborative (https://www.facebook.com/UMassBostonLgbtqResearchTeam).  We have developed brief exercises to help LGBTQ people deal with experiences of heterosexism.  We are hoping you would be willing to help us by distributing this email to your members and giving them the option to personally benefit from the exercises, and to contribute to the mental health of LGBTQ people who experience heterosexist experiences.  In addition, if they finish the questionnaires and exercises at the times below, they will receive an $80 Amazon gift card and if they participate at all they will be eligible for a raffle for a $100 gift card. 

 

In total, the entire study should take three hours to complete across five days (about 20-30 minutes on four of the days and 45-50 minutes on one day).

The study involves completing:

*A questionnaire on the first day

*A writing exercise on each of the following three days

*A follow-up questionnaire two months later.  

The link to the survey is:   http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Heterosexist-Experiences

 

Please email this to your membership. If you could post the attached flyer or distribute it at your organizations’ meetings, that would be wonderful too.    If you have any questions, please let us know by writing to us at HeterosexismStudyUMB@gmail.com. This study has been approved by the University of Massachusetts Boston Institutional Review Board. If you have questions about your rights as participants, please contact the University of Massachusetts Boston IRB at orsp@umb.edu or 617-287-5370.

 

We really appreciate your support to better LGBTQ lives.

 

Sincerely,

Tangela Roberts, MS & Heidi Levitt, PhD

University of Massachusetts Boston

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Salute to Queen Dorothy Dandridge - Carmen Jones 1954

Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was a preeminent American film and theatre actress, singer, dancer, model and entertainer. 
She is perhaps best known for being the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.

#art4 #art4change #artivism #artivist #activist #immigration #refugee #refugees #refugeeswelcome #Syria #fuckborders #pinchefrontera #borderlands #Not1More #undocumented #unaccompaniedminors #woc #racialjustice #socialjustice #climatejustice

“There needs to be a change in how we behave towards one another & how we conduct our lives & how we treat the environment and there needs to be a connecting of people who share that kind of understanding.”— Grandmother Mona Polocca 

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This is a zine for anyone interested in learning ways in which the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers are promoting peace, prayer, education, and healing for Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants.

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