Anti-homophobie et anti-racisme: la question de l’intersectionnalité Le titre de cet article fait référence à la polémique liée à l’essai Les féministes blanches et l’empire de Stella Magliani-Belkacem et Félix Boggio Ewanjé-Epée (La Fabrique, 2012). Une polémique cantonnée, certes, aux milieux militants de gauche, mais sur laquelle il me semble important de revenir, ce qui me permettra de développer la définition du concept d’«intersectionnalité » évoqué dans un précédent article. L’homosexualité, « imposée par l’Occident »? Drame en 5 actes. De quoi s’agit-il, au fait? L’essai avait déjà fait l’objet d’une critique acérée en décembre sous le titre « Les féministes blanches et l’empire ou le récit d’un complot féministe fantasmé ». Je recommande la lecture de l’essai: il est court et passionnant, bien que trop cher selon moi (12 euros). Il faut lire le chapitre mis à disposition par les auteur·e·s de l’essai via Rue 89 pour comprendre à quel point leurs propos ont été déformés. Les accusations portées par Street Press sont fausses. AC Husson J'aime :
#EndFathersDay: Trolls being trolls, or “black propaganda” designed to tear apart feminism? | we hunted the mammoth Not actual feminist You all got the memo about #EndFathersDay fiasco, right – the phony “feminist” hashtag, seeded and spread by 4chan trolls, that aroused so much consternation on Twitter the other day, and that took in so many who’re already given to thinking the worst about feminism? It would be nice if we could just dismiss this whole thing as trolls being trolls – no harm, no foul. But there’s a bit more to it than that. For one thing, the troll campaign worked. On the National Review Online, Molly Wharton warned that “Twitter anti-fatherists” were taking aim at a holiday that they said “glorifies rape, patriarchy, and child abuse.” On Fox News’ Fox & Friends, antifeminist author and “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton went further: They’re not just interested in ending Father’s Day, they’re interested in ending men. A similar warning came from the self-proclaimed leader of the self-proclaimed Men’s Human Rights Movement: The evidence? Phoebe Kwon, feminist Tweeter Well, not exactly.
The Combahee River Collective Statement We are a collective of Black feminists who have been meeting together since 1974.  During that time we have been involved in the process of defining and clarifying our politics, while at the same time doing political work within our own group and in coalition with other progressive organizations and movements. The most general statement of our politics at the present time would be that we are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression, and see as our particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking. The synthesis of these oppressions creates the conditions of our lives. As Black women we see Black feminism as the logical political movement to combat the manifold and simultaneous oppressions that all women of color face. 1. 2. This focusing upon our own oppression is embodied in the concept of identity politics. 3. 4.
eminism.org Enjeux et défis de l'intersectionnalité. Entretien avec Sirma Bilge Sirma Bilge est l’auteur de Communalisations ethniques post-migratoires : le cas des « Turcs » de Montréal. Elle a codirigé deux numéros thématiques de Journal of Intercultural Studies sur « Women, Intersectionality and Diasporas » (2010) et « The New Politics of Racialized Sexualities » (à paraître en mai 2012). Elle a aussi publié plusieurs articles dans les revues scientifiques. Professeure agrégée au département de sociologie de l’université de Montréal, et fondatrice-directrice du pôle de recherche « Intersectionnalité » (aujourd'hui défunt) au sein du Centre d’études ethniques des universitaires montréalaises (CEETUM), ses présents travaux portent sur les intersections des formations sociales de race, d'ethnicité, de genre et sexualités et de classe et s'efforcent d'examiner comment les notions d'identité et d’altérité nationales/ethniques/raciales s’articulent par le truchement des normativités de genre et de sexualité. Propos recueillis par Fanny Gallot
gaywitchesforabortions.tumblr Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety As the Supreme Court weighed arguments on same-sex marriage, Chief Justice John Roberts wondered aloud from the bench whether action on the issue by the court was necessary, because “politicians are falling all over themselves” to bring the legal rights of gay and lesbian Americans in line with those of everyone else. If only this were true. In up to 34 states it’s still legal for employers to deny jobs to citizens simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The lack of legal protections in two-thirds of the states for members of the LGBT community means that more people live in poverty and have a harder time making it simply because their rights aren’t on an equal footing with other Americans. But these hardships can be rolled away, and we need not wait for members of Congress to finish “falling all over themselves” to make it happen. The case for doing so is persuasive and the numbers are staggering. Extreme bigotry has dire economic consequences.
Reclaiming the Round Belly as a Marker of Beauty by Sharanya Manivannan - [Bilan] We are socialized into adhering to pre-existing dominant beauty standards, often without questioning who is defining and what are the consequences of conforming. That is why the desire to resist and even more importantly to choose our own standards is agentive and empowering. Here Sharanya Manivannan shares her wonderful essay ‘Belly Beautiful’ originally published in Kindle Magazine in India and her thoughts surrounding the political and social context in India that makes writing, especially women writing about their bodies particularly important. SM: I was asked to write an article for an issue dedicated to reclaiming the female body and I selected the belly. I find the modern aesthetic of the flat belly as the most appealing to be strange, and as a result of this I think many women (and men) don’t realize their bellies are beautiful. A coquettish Maria de Medeiros, playing the moll in Pulp Fiction, lounges in bed, practically purring with a self-assured lazy sensuality.
Des hommes harcelés dans la rue Huhuhu. J’imagine qu’un certain nombre de personnes auront ouvert de grands yeux en voyant ce titre (ou hurlé, sauté par la fenêtre, etc). Explication: l’article qui suit est la traduction d’un article paru sur le site feministe.us, écrit par Patrick Ryne et intitulé « Harassing Men on the Street ». J’ai essayé de rendre clair, dans ma traduction du titre et de l’article, le fait qu’on ne parle pas des hommes en général, mais de certains seulement; en l’occurrence, des hommes identifiés comme gays ou bisexuels, ayant vécu des formes de harcèlement dans l’espace public de la part d’autres hommes, gays ou hétéros. Cet article m’a intéressée pour plusieurs raisons. C’est justement du point de vue du genre, ensuite, que je me suis intéressée à la question du harcèlement dont peuvent être victimes les hommes gays et bisexuels. L’orientation sexuelle peut être la cause d’une forme d’oppression distincte de l’oppression de genre, et qui doit donc être étudiée comme telle. J'aime :
Kimberlé Crenshaw on intersectionality: “I wanted to come up with an everyday metaphor that anyone could use” Kimberlé Crenshaw’s ears must have been burning with alarming regularity and intensity over the last couple of years. We meet in one of the dining rooms of her hotel in central London, her base while she’s on a whistlestop lecture tour. Two days before our meeting she spoke at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and later this evening, she will speak at the London School of Economics. Her subject is intersectionality and feminism. In recent times, intersectionality theory – the study of how different power structures interact in the lives of minorities, specifically black women, a theory she named in the 1980s – has enjoyed a resurgence in popular and academic feminism. Of course, she says, the concept of intersectionality is not exactly new. Angela Davis arrives at court in 1972. For Crenshaw, a law professor at UCLA and Columbia, intersectionality theory came about specifically to address a particular problem. There is sometimes a failure to make analogies, she says.
Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance I've been thinking about this a lot, and i think that a big part of the problem is that for white people black culture has always been an excuse for rebellion, with the consequence that black culture can have very different meanings for whites. For example, I read a rock critic compare blues to heavy metal. In a blues song, the critic wrote, when a black singer says "I'm a MAN," he is saying in the sense of both virility and also with the subtext that you shouldn't call him "boy." When a white guy says that, it has just the sexual meaning. It would have been interesting if Miley had gone a different route - going all Liz Phair or even Courtney Love. It would probably be just as contrived, but it would provoke a very different reaction. Interesting. Although black women are hypersexualized, we are simultaneously not seen as 'romantic' beings. I think that may be part of why my heckles get raised when people object to Beyonce as antifemist, or disapprove of her calling her tour the "Mrs.
On Black Men Showing Up for Black Women at the Scene of the Crime Two nights ago I showed up to the Brecht Forum in Brooklyn ready to have a conversation about what we mean when we say “ally, privilege, and comrade.” I showed up to have that discussion after months of battle testing around these issues in my own crew. Over these months I’ve learned that it is far easier to be just to the people we don’t know than the people we do know. So there I sat on a panel with a white woman and a Black man. The brother shared his thoughts about the need to “liberate all Black people.” In a word, I was tired. I shared that. This brother was not having it. But I’m grown. I got cut off, yelled at, screamed on. Then he raised his over 6 foot tall, large brown body out of the chair, and deliberately slung a cup of water across my lap, leaving it to splash in my face, on the table, on my clothes, and on the gadgets I brought with me. Damn. I waited for anyone to stand up, to sense that I felt afraid, to stop him, to let him know his actions were unacceptable. Why?