Welcome back for another weekly round-izzle izz-up of feminist spunk, junk, and rumbles from around the world wide web.
- Thinking about attending TBTN? Want to show support for women as an ally, mayhaps? Excellent! SACHA and White Ribbon Campaign are hosting an event you might appreciate: What Men Can Do – Taking Action to End Gender Based Violence:
While our sisters march at Take Back the Night, we invite men – adult men, young men and Trans men – to join us and discuss how we can support their effort to work toward a future with no violence against women. Men must answer an urgent call to action, as we can be allies, partners, role models to other men & engaged bystanders. Let’s talk about how we can be a part of change, with Urgency and with Love. Jeff Perera is a Program Manager for the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest effort to engage men and boys in working to end violence against women. Jeff speaks to people from all walks of life about how society’s unattainable concepts of masculinity are effecting men and boys and impacting women and girls.
Thursday, September 12. At 6:30 p.m, at 75 MacNab St. S., Hamilton, ON (YWCA). Cost is Free!
- … By the way, I’ve heard you’re … y’know.. a Trekkie. Which is great! Me too! ^_^ As such, I know some of you are going to be just as pumped to learn more and support this project, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements: An anthology of visionary science fiction and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists. Here’s a short video that will tell you more about the premise, and let you know how to get your hands on a copy and support the creation of this book:
- Although it’s not 100% clear what exactly “being an asshole” might mean, the following piece How to Ask Someone About Their Ethnicity Without Being an Asshole does spell out very clearly how and when to ask a person about this. Generally, the answer is to just not do it if you want the information (about ethnicity) in order to hone in on “how ‘they’ act”, or “what ‘they’ think”, or “why ‘these people’ behave in such a way”:
It’s fine to be curious, and asking about where someone grew up is a good way to figure out if they smoked weed for the first time in the back of a minivan next to a Dairy Queen or on a fire escape next to a vegan co-op. But asking about ethnicity right off the bat is an obnoxious way to ask about something that isn’t really relevant to basic introductions.
- So, pop star Justin Timberlake wants to perform at Take Back the Night? …er, sing about it? Or, no, he dedicated a song to it? What??
Although Timberlake released a statement which clarified, “Neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization,” and, “It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause,” the song, which features heavily sexual lyrics, had the foundation considering a lawsuit.
- Finally, for feminists interested and keen on labour movement analysis, organizing, and struggles, here’s a solid and very thought-provoking piece by Silvia Federici:
When we said that housework is actually work for capital, that although it is unpaid work it contributes to the accumulation of capital, we established something extremely important about the nature of capitalism as a system of production. We established that capitalism is built on an immense amount of unpaid labor, that it not built exclusively or primarily on contractual relations; that the wage relation hides the unpaid, slave -like nature of so much of the work upon which capital accumulation is premised.
— Compiled by Amelia