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On cultural exchange: Things we learned from our Grandmas

TweetThis piece was written in response to another essay entitled: “Culture Shock: How Straight Black Women Steal Black Gay Men’s Slanguage” written by Rashid Darden for the blog Dopalicious District. In his article, Rashid Darden talks about how it’s inappropriate for straight black women, some of whom are homoantagonistic, to appropriate gay black male culture, drawing from the popular [...]
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If it’s pretty, it’s not a sport

TweetA SYTYCB entry The Olympics are a time of unity and excitement: we acknowledge diversity and achieve international cooperation; we celebrate feats of the human body that take our collective breath away. And somehow, during all of this, yelling “but is it a sport!?” becomes another Olympic event. According to people who whined their way through [...]
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Leave my heels alone: I need them to fight the kyriarchy

Tweet A SYTYCB entry Ohhh, people’s reactions to queer femmes*: “I don’t get it: she doesn’t look queer, does she?” “Doesn’t she know that makeup is a patriarchal invention?” “I guess she just must be bi, right?”** When these questions come from fellow feminists – lesbians included – it breaks my queerly radical little heart. [...]
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“How to be a woman,” or why we like gender rules

TweetFrom inspirational quotes and images on Tumblr and Pinterest to the strict gender roles enforced by many religions, it is clear that many people like being told how to perform their gender. Self-help books like “Men Are from Mars…”, “Rules of a Lady” graphics, and even gendered advertising create the gender rulebooks that surround us. [...]
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Femininity impedes the revolution?

For third wave feminine feminists, we actively negotiate the boundaries of our identity, making choices, making mistakes and learning from them, finding avenues of expression that may or may not fit into traditional constructions of masculine or feminine. But to blacklist all expressions of femininity as complicit in patriarchy? Why does it have to be one or the other? Is she suggesting that we become masculine and play into the patriarchal diminishment of the feminine? That's complicity to me. I think she'd be down with the third wave way if she understood it, of creating something wholly new, of employing a hybridity that goes above and beyond our old understandings to rethink the ways that we interact with gendered dichotomies.
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