SACHA Broadcast — Feminist Links and Hijinks No.19

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Here it is!  Your weekly mix of feminist internets:

No Homophobes is a website that tracks the use of abusive anti-LGBQT slurs like ‘faggot’ and ‘dyke’ on Twitter.

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Mindy Kaling (from The Office and The Mindy Project) called out the way journalists insult her by thinking that a confident woman of colour who is not skinny is somehow abnormal in our world.  Via Upworthy and United in Colour (Black Feminist Club).

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Carina Kolodny’s Open Letter to Parents of U.S. Teenagers is brilliant in the way that it lists all the ways that by not teaching our kids how to be active in ending rape culture we are supporting rape culture.  Via Jackson Katz.

Remember that intimate conversation you had with your son? The one where you said, “I love you and I need you to know that no matter how a woman dresses or acts, it is not an invitation to cat call, taunt, harass or assault her”?

Or when you told your son, “A woman’s virginity isn’t a prize and sleeping with a woman doesn’t earn you a point”?

How about the heart-to-heart where you lovingly conferred the legal knowledge that “a woman doesn’t have to be fighting you and you don’t have to be pinning her down for it to be RAPE. Intoxication means she can’t legally consent, NOT that she’s an easy score.”

Or maybe you recall sharing my personal favorite, “Your sexual experiences don’t dictate your worth just like a woman’s sexual experiences don’t dictate hers.”

Last but not least, do you remember calling your son out when you discovered he was using the word “slut” liberally? Or when you overheard him talking about some girl from school as if she were more of a conquest than a person?

I want you to consider these conversations and then ask yourself why you don’t remember them. The likely reason is because you didn’t have them. In fact, most parents haven’t had them.

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Have you always been white?  How do you know that you are white?  Naima Lowe asks these questions in her book “39 Questions For White People” to create a discussion about white privilege. Via Colorlines.

The deceptively simple text asks complex questions about race and accountability. Each page of this limited edition, forty-page, loose-leaf book, was hand inked and hand typed at a small collectively run print shop in Olympia, WA. This work started as an experiment based in my curiosity about how whiteness is framed and understood by white people. The work of creating the book became an exercise in turning the emotional labor of racism into tangible physical labor. I was able to turn all that pain into an object, which is incredibly strange, but also incredibly freeing.

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— compiled by erin

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