I am talking about what is happening to us right now, about our nonsupport of each other, about our noncaring about each other, about not seeing connections between racism and sexism in our lives. As a child of immigrant parents, as a woman of color in a white society, as a woman in a patriarchal society, what is personal to me is political.
Mitsuye Yamada, “Asian Pacific American Women and Feminism” from This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
Feminism is the political theory and practice to free all women: women of color, working-class women, poor women, physically challenged women, lesbians, old women as well as white economically privileged heterosexual women. Anything less than this is not feminism, but merely female self-aggrandizement.
Barbara Smith, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981)
For positive social change to happen we need to envision a different reality, dream new blueprints for it, formulate new strategies for coping in it. But because change, positive and negative, is always a source of tension, because it has no sense of closure, of completion, we resist it. We must be motivated by love in order to undertake change—love of self, love of people, love of life. Loving gives us the energy and compassion to act in the face of hardship; loving gives us the motivation to dream the life and work we want.
Anzaldúa, Gloria. “Foreword, 2001.” This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Ed. Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa. 3rd ed. Berkeley, CA: Third Woman Press, 2002. xxxiv–xxxix. Print. xxxviii-xxxix.
but i mean like, it’s just so lazy / blatantly transmisogynist to attack caitlyn jenner and her definitions of “womahood,” while also claiming that she speaks for the entire trans community.
like, you have to take into account the ways that her whiteness / wealth / conservative ideology influence her politics
and you have to be willing to acknowledge that trans people (or even trans women) are not a homogenous group who all spout the same moderate/liberal ideology
and you have to stop ignoring / erasing the radical trans women of color who have spent years speaking and writing about gender/sex as a social construction that has been violently enforced as a tool of colonialism
but nooo, it’s so much easier to just be transmisogynist and post bullshit about how “this one rich white trans woman said that womanhood is equal to wearing nail polish, look at how oppressive and misogynist the ~transgenders~ are”