06 4 / 2013
"FEMEN needs to recognize that Muslim women do in fact have agency, and the idea that Muslim women are helpless, passively indoctrinated by the alleged evils of Islam, and desperately need of Western feminist help is oppressive and orientalist. Patriarchy is not specific to Islam — although there are inarguably extreme and truly saddening examples of misogyny in the Muslim community, patriarchy is a global issue. Furthermore, feminism is not only a Western institution — to assume that Muslim women need someone to “speak for” them is insulting to all the grassroots political organizing and activism that Muslim feminists have done. It’s disturbing how a the rhetoric of “women’s liberation” has been co-opted to justify aggression, violence, and prejudice against Muslim communities. In what way is it appropriate to “rescue” women by indulging in and re-circulating essentializing, stereotyped, and offensive depictions of their culture?"
also islamic feminism has been a thing since like the 600s, look it up. ps. do you know what european women were doing in the 600s? not being as badass as muslim feminists, that’s for sure.
02 4 / 2013
"A white college student from a private college goes into a poor neighborhood and volunteers four hours a week and that’s considered exemplary. [Whereas] a poor kid who lives in that community and takes care of all the kids in that neighborhood four hours every day is not seen as a volunteer."
Patricia Hill Collins (via ellomaria)
Ha this is so relevant to people at my college who win “service awards” for tutoring a child a few hours a week versus people who live and work in those communities who don’t win them
Why I had to stop volunteering at the poor neighborhood in the city my school is based in. The people in my school went into these places to look like cool volunteers. Then there was me, a person who looked, spoke, and appeared to be just like them.
I saw how I wanted to see what these kids and their parents wanted us to help with, and how those coming from more privileged facets of society, were inclined to assume their own ideas of what the kids needed.
17 3 / 2013
- 1: Omg those barbarians are out of control! Look at us, we're so ahead of the times!
- 2: Omg look at the lives we're ruining by convicting these 16 year old rapists!
06 3 / 2013