This is important, but I think sometimes this rhetoric gives white female bosses a pass to recreate oppressive power structures while still asserting this narrative that they are the most victimized in the office.
Full disclosure, this is based off of my own personal experiences. I’ve had two female managers. One existence has been fantastic, the other….
I could tell my first manager was very sensitive to misogyny and feeling treated like she’s less than for being female and blond. Books like Lean In were pivotal and inspiring for her. She had goals and worked hard to be where she was. However she talked down to, and isolated, every black staff member. Male or female. Us questioning her effectiveness as a leader became interpreted as her “obstacles as a female in power” yes, her defensive demeanor could very well be rooted in misogyny in the workplace and a lifetime of her fighting to be heard. But that then translated into silencing, and acting passively hostile to black staff members who questioned her methods and didn’t appreciate how they were treated and spoken to.
Looking back, I just wish there was more nuance in these conversations about women in power. Because most women in significant positions of power are white. Yes, it is likely that they have faced misogyny in their life and career, but that doesn’t excuse recreating those same power structure against staff of color as though we are the help and need to get out of their way as they’re too busy trying to “Lean In” as much as possible.
Thoughts? Other POC experiences with this in the workplace?(via newwavefeminism)
damn those tumblr sjw………always trying to make me think about how my actions could hurt someone else………….
”..the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve..”
female characters should be like the heads of the dreaded hydra. if you take one away, seven more must come back in her place.
favourite films // the grand budapest hotel
M. Gustave: You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, fuck it.
This Bridge Called My Back - Writings by Radical Women of Color
I don’t care what gender studies or queer theory class you’ve taken, you need to read this book, but be warned, it is a rare find and might expensive. It contains several essays by womanists discussing their experience, racism, poverty, how racism pervaded the feminist movement in the early 1980s and most importantly the individual experiences of asian pacific, black, american indian and latina/chicana women. This words you find in this book and the truths that will make your soul sick are imperrative for understanding the history of racism, feminism, systematic oppression and white privilege. These are stories that have, even today, been swept under the rug and out of sight.
You need to read this fucking book.
PDF version downloadable here.
I’ve read it, but adding this to the reading list anyway.
mark, my words. *mark brings me my dictionary* thank you mark
i just found out that siri will read emojis
in related news, this is the best day of my life
grammar and spelling are really important to me. I actually study grammar and spelling in typing styles. It’s not important to me as “WOW THEY SPELLED A WORD WRONG” or “WOW THEY USED THE WRONG YOUR” but rather I look for repeating themes in typing styles and can link that to a grapholect–or an internet dialect/register [typing styles unique to certain parts of the internet]
For instance a common grapholect is the doge meme speak shit.
"Much grammar, so spelling, very grapholect. wow"
thats a very specific and deliberate way of typing. There is a correct way to type in this grapholect and an incorrect way to type in this grapholect, and I think that’s fucking cool.
How about we look at language rapidly evolving–due to constant need to type and communicate via text, and stop clinging to classist/ableist/racist/sexist/etc. old white guy’s language wet dream.
Pray for South Korea
Tears are streaming down my face. I don’t care what your belief is, please send anything, even good vibes, to these kids because oh my god they are suffering so much. The water is muddy and it’s freezing and they are dying and they’re only seventeen..
These children are so scared.. desperately reassuring the world that yes, they are alive, please come for them. They’re messaging their little sisters, apologizing that they won’t be able to grant a request when they’re seconds away from death and just
oh.. oh my god. oh my fucking god words cannot describe the pain I’m feeling
*throws lamp at you* you need to lighten the fuck up
Blouse Collars, 1940s-50s - By Charlotte Dymock.