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Good morning! Today is a big day for marriage equality. So much to read! • The Supreme Court is taking up the case of marriage equality and it's entirely unclear what they'll decide. Feministing breaks down the arguments in the court against marriage equality so far and Mother Jones lists out the seven worst things Justice Scalia has ever said about queer folks.
Roger Mayer I am a: expat in Korea Seeking: the right words “We are only partially in control of our fate.” Roger Mayer is the father of a friend, and thus the occasional subject of personal conversations about family. Read more
Okay, in all candor, I don’t think the dudes depicted in this clip are a fair sampling of the full universe of white men who are attracted to Asian women. It’s honestly hard to imagine finding a more creepy selection of bachelors purely at random: These guys come off as sweaty, snaggle-toothed, dead-eyed; they sport learner’s-permit goatees or scrubby pornstaches, and if I were a woman of any race who stumbled into a blind date with one of these fine specimens of the male species, I’d sneak a peek beneath the table to make sure he wasn’t sporting an ankle monitor. The point I’m making is that not all white men who date Asian women, or even exclusively date Asian women, are as Walking Dead -ghastly in appearance, personality and character as this clip makes it appear.
Across the country as abroad, when I give talks about representations of race and sexuality for Asian American men and women , multi-racial and multi-generational audience members frequently respond by divulging personal details about their sex lives. Some whisper their questions one-on-one, others gingerly approach me in the aisles of the lecture hall. But one time, a young man announced to a full seminar room that reading my work authorized his purchase of a dildo. The collective gasp gave way to empathetic recognition when he coyly added, “for myself.” The audience acknowledged his proud claim of a position usually shamed, especially for Asian men presumed to be effeminate and homosexual.
Introduction Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak at Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2007/CC Licensed While she is best known as a postcolonial theorist, Gayatri Spivak describes herself as a “para-disciplinary, ethical philosopher”– though her early career would have included “applied deconstruction.” Her reputation was first made for her translation and preface to Derrida’s Of Grammatology (1976) and she has since applied deconstructive strategies to various theoretical engagements and textual analyses including feminism, Marxism, literary criticism and postcolonialism. My position is generally a reactive one. I am viewed by Marxists as too codic, by feminists as too male-identified, by indigenous theorists as too committed to Western Theory.
‘Liberal Multiculturalism is the Hegemony – Its an Empirical Fact’ – A response to Slavoj Žižek | darkmatter JournalIn his plenary talk at the Law and Critique Conference (2007)  Slavoj Žižek repeatedly asserted that liberal multiculturalism – and its ‘politically correct’ premise of respecting the other’s difference – is hegemonic. When asked questions about this position from the floor, he stated insistently that it was an ‘empirical fact’ that liberal multiculturalism was hegemonic, and challenged anyone to prove otherwise. I am writing this response as a way of taking up his challenge.
This could have been mine. So, by now many of you have probably seen last Friday’s article on Jezebel about “Jeffy,” AKA jlaix , Captain_Derp on OkCupid (although he seems to have deleted his account), or Jeffrey Allen. Jezebel was inspired by a post on Mission Mission, concerning spottings of his “rape van,” emblazoned with hand-painted portraits of Tupac and Pedo-bear. Katie J. M.
As I have gotten deeper into anti-oppression work I find that I discover more and more subtleties and complexities than I ever considered. Learning to be a good ally is not a linear education with some sort of graduation or certification at the end. It is a process full of experimentation, humility, confusion, challenge, and clarity. This list is by no means complete.
What is a nymphomaniac? And is it okay to have a relationship with them? Is it wrong or weird to think of someone else while having sex with someone?
... from Homi Bhabha's major works
Illustration by Nicole Georges When Alex Haley chronicled his family’s lineage from the coast of Gambia to the chains of slavery in the United States in his sprawling 1976 epic Roots , America—particularly black America—took notice. With extensive research and interviews with family members, Haley was miraculously able to do what most black Americans could not and still cannot—trace back his heritage seven generations and a couple hundred years. Roots and the wildly popular miniseries of the same name influenced many people of all ethnicities to seek out their own familial backgrounds , in hopes of understanding where they came from, and where their true, spiritual home may lie.
Last week, a friend of mine, Stefan Bird-Pollan , an Assistant Professor from the University of Kentucky, presented an insightful paper on Frantz Fanon at the University of Toronto's Jackman Humanities Institute . Fanon was one the 20th century's most influential anti-colonial theorists. He was born in Martinique, trained to be a psychiatrist in France, worked for the French government in Algeria, resigned his position, joined the Algerian National Liberation Front, wrote The Wretched of the Earth , and died of leukemia at the age of 36 in 1961. While The Wretched of the Earth was very influential on anti-imperialist, civil rights and Black consciousness activists in the 1960s, it was his earlier book, Black Skin, White Masks , that has been the more influential to the fields of cultural studies and postmodern postcolonial theory since the 1990s.
This article, first published in 1999, was taken from rabble.ca's vaults in time for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21. It's several weeks after Black History Month; have you checked your racial awareness recently? My own awareness received a sharp and exhilarating little jolt when I read an article by Dr. Peggy McIntosh in a journal published by the National Association of Women and the Law. When you're struggling with a difficult new concept, sometimes a lively metaphor brings everything murky into vivid focus. That's what McIntosh, the associate director of the Centre for Research on Women at Wellesley College , has done for the concept of systemic racism.
Discussion Frantz Fanon wrote prolifically during his brief career, seemingly hounded by thoughts of an early death. During his military service, driven by mounting disillusionment, Fanon volunteered for dangerous missions, and wrote to his parents, “I leave tomorrow, volunteer for a dangerous mission. I know I won’t return.” 26 Though in that case, his intuition was mistaken, Fanon’s concerns were eventually justified. His terminal diagnosis of leukemia had been anticipated by him, a diagnosis he had long feared.
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