The Femisphere: A Link Round UP!

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A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Politics & Body Justice News

  • Indian Country Today Media Network reports that Gyasi Ross has a new track called White Privilege 3 available for free right now on Soundcloud. It’s a response to another Seattle hip hop artist, Mackelmore – who released the controversial, White Privilege II, a song meant to offer allyship butIt’s actually about white guilt, which is more of a personal problem than a grave injustice… ‘I don’t want white people to butt out of people of color’s affairs,” Gyasi said, “but what I do want is those folks who consider themselves allies to study what being an ally means and to understand that (as he says in the song)real allies realize they don’t always have to speak.’”

 

 

 

 

  • “Rape is not a teachable moment. It’s not a life lesson. It doesn’t serve a purpose. It doesn’t make you stronger, wiser, more mature, or more self-aware. It isn’t a positive thing you can eventually learn or grow from. It’s a rape. People say, ‘everything happens for a reason’ or ‘what you’ve been through makes you who you are today’ but a rape doesn’t eventually better your life in any way. I don’t feel stronger, more aware, wiser, or somehow positively changed by my experience. I never will. In this case, I think the same is true of my disability.” – Anonymous, My Disability and My Assault are Not ‘Life Lessons’ on Sex & Privilege blog.

 

  • Mulheres Rodadas — a slang term meaning women who’ve been around — was formed by Debora Thomé over a year ago with the aim of using the streets of Brazil’s Carnival festivals to raise feminists issues and speak out against misogyny. The feminist organization has taken up the issues of limited abortion rights, rape and expect to also discuss health issues around the current epidemic of the Zika virus and expanding abortion access around it. Thome told Vice News that approximately 2,500 joined the Rio bloco in 2015.  “It turns out there were a lot of women who felt the same way but weren’t united.”

 

  • Dianca London writes about the inherent benefits of being, young, white, pretty, and feminine and questions who Taylor Swift’s empowering in her recent acceptance speech for her Album of the Year Grammy. “When whiteness, affluence, and mainstream standards of desirability coexist in a systemically loaded space like the Grammy Awards, it is paramount that we examine the allotment of agency that is given to women like Swift… Her accomplishments, regardless of how deserving they may be, are a glaring reminder of the societal and economic benefit of whiteness and white femininity. Her triumphs are celebrated while her contradictory behavior remains overlooked.” London goes on to discuss the failures of white feminism.