Welcome to another edition of weekend links! Each week, bluestockings staff curates a collection of links that reflect our mission as an anti-oppressive and intersectional publication.
Links We Like:
“Whom we decide to (and, not to) lay with (and, love) is political. It is a decision that we all make, myself included. It informs whom we save, whom we fight for, whom we deem worthy, whom we deem disposable, and vice versa.”
Reproductive justice for trans women is a world where trans women have the social, political & economic means to safely raise a family.
— chrysanthemum tran (@chrystran) March 1, 2017
Poet Chrysanthemeum Tran reflects on what reproductive justice for trans women looks like.
Jess Krug reflects on the notion that all prisoners are political prisoners and how ignoring hostage strategies like those used at the #VaughnUprising forgoes our freedom.
“I think if people don’t realize that sickness and disability are fixtures in movement and liberation, they’ll miss out and not include valuable and needed efforts for us all. You can’t leave anyone behind. We can’t afford to.” –Kay Ulanday Barrett
Content notice: about the murders of trans women of color
Jamal T. Lewis writes, “Stop killing trans women and start:
1. encouraging men — and all people — to be more honest about their desires (stop calling men that are attracted to, love, and respect trans women gay).
2. investing in hiring, housing, and healing trans and gender non-conforming folk.
3. addressing the ways that you may collude with and encourage transphobic behavior and violence.
4. humanizing trans folk in your family; in your neighborhood; at your job, and anywhere you might see trans and gender deviant folk.
5. affirming trans folk and reminding trans folk that they are worthy of an abundant life, on their own terms.”
Radio Imagination celebrates the life and work of science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. Organized by Clockshop, the 2016 program centers on 10 commissions that explore Butler’s papers at the Huntington Library.
Alicia Garza writes, “Our cynicism will not build a movement. Collaboration will.“
“The villains here aren’t southern rednecks or neo-Nazi skinheads, or the so-called “alt-right”. They’re middle-class white liberals. The kind of people who read this website. The kind of people who shop at Trader Joe’s, donate to the ACLU and would have voted for Obama a third time if they could. Good people. Nice people. Your parents, probably. The thing Get Out does so well – and the thing that will rankle with some viewers – is to show how, however unintentionally, these same people can make life so hard and uncomfortable for black people.”
“But I’m just talking some black shit. It’s nothing crazy. I’m just making clothes and talking some black shit freely in the meantime. People want some grand concept but, nah, I’m just making clothes. The clothes part isn’t hard. It’s like you have a shirt on; I have a shirt on. We can make clothes. I just want to spit that black shit while I’m making clothes. That’s all I’m saying.”
“Lorde’s conception of Black feminism, or intersectionality, is certainly not missing from feminist platforms today… But as I witnessed many folks honor Lorde’s work, I couldn’t help but notice that many non-Black/ non-indigenous feminists de-contextualized her quotes to fit their own narratives about their non-normative identities without acknowledging their racial privilege.
Videos We Like:
“You don’t know nothin’ about their revolutionary potential!”
Listen to Alicia Garza & Malachi Larrabee-Garza talk about what it means to exclude people from a movement based on simplistic assumptions and the “purity politics” of activism at the #YBCA100 Summit.