"The politics of privilege have made the important contribution of signaling how the structures of oppression constitute who we are as persons. However, as the rituals of confessing privilege have evolved, they have shifted our focus from building social movements for global transformation to individual self-improvement. Furthermore, they rest on a white supremacist/colonialist notion of a subject that can constitute itself over and against others through self-reflexivity. While trying to keep the key insight made in activist/academic circles that personal and social transformation are interconnected, alternative projects have developed that focus less on privilege and more the structures that create privilege. These new models do not hold the “answer,” because the genealogy of the politics of privilege also demonstrates that our activist/intellectual projects of liberation must be constantly changing. Our imaginations are limited by white supremacy, settler colonialism, etc., so all ideas we have will not be “perfect.” The ideas we develop today also do not have to be based on the complete disavowal of what we did yesterday because what we did yesterday teaches what we might do tomorrow. Thus, as we think not only beyond privilege, but beyond the sense of self that claims privilege, we open ourselves to new possibilities that we cannot imagine now for the future."
chris evans - for flaunt magazine
I’m so sick of seeing people say “feminism is about *~*equality*~*!!!”
The end goal of feminism IS equality, but feminism itself is about liberation: from white supremacy, from homophobia, from sexism, and all other forms of oppressive thought and behavior.
Without first dismantling the systems that keep us oppressed, equality is impossible.
It’s the same reason I hate people who are anti-technology like great you think it’s useless
some of us disabled folks need it to fucking live and it has revolutionised how we communicate and travel and it is fucking important to us so maybe think about that for five seconds before trying to sound like you’re saying something revolutionary
do you ever start your period and think
"well that explains a lot"
if you write glbt i don’t trust you
a thing white people don’t seem to understand about cultural appropriation is that the reason it is offensive is that poc have a long and awful history of being oppressed by white people, yet white people still feel they have the right to take things from the cultures they have oppressed. not only that but they then change these things to make them more “white-friendly”, removing all meaning in the first place. it is racist behaviour, why is that so difficult to get?