It is a privilege to engage in theoretical gender discourse, and while politicians, doctors, families, and friends ask themselves if it is right or wrong, transgender people are being beaten to death. Teenage trans kids are issued death threats, and across the globe our body count rises. It is here, at the intersection of oppression, where violence is commonplace. How can we still wonder which bathroom she should use? Privilege affords the gender debate at the expense of our most vulnerable community members. When a trans woman dies you can read about it in the newspaper, where you see her described as a man instead of the woman she died for. And we wonder how to best protect our children, forgetting that some of our children are trans. TDOR reminds me that our precious politics have a very real consequence. This is a critical moment in the history of transgender rights. Will we remember those who did not survive it?Diana Tourjee, Transgender Day of Remembrance, 2013 (via andrewgibby)
The perspective that digital representation provides on our own activity enables us to clarify that we are pursuing a conflict between rival organizational principles, not between specific networks or individuals.Deserting the Digital Utopia (via ninjabikeslut)
When what we are is intrinsically determined by capitalism, it’s not enough to try to better ourselves; we have to cease to be ourselves.Self-Destruction (via ninjabikeslut)
We must admit that capital has been very successful in hiding our work. It has created a true masterpiece at the expense of women. By denying housework a wage and transforming it into an act of love, capital has killed many birds with one stone. First of all, it has got a hell of a lot of work for free, and it has made sure that women, far from struggling against it, would seek that work as the best thing in life. At the same time it has disciplined the male worker also, by making his woman dependent on his work and his wage, and trapped him in this discipline by giving him a servant after he himself has done so much serving at the factory, at the office.Silvia Federici - ‘Wages Against Housework’. (via bustakay)
of course, there’s thing we say about each of these when we introduce then. but here’s the short version!
systems of oppression exist.
we have all experienced being both targets and agents of oppression. (we have experienced both being harmed by them and benefiting from them.)
it is not useful to argue about a hierarchy of oppressions.
systems of oppression are interconnected and reliant upon each other.
confronting and dismantling systemic oppression will benefit everyone.
placing blame helps no one, but taking responsibility (for our actions and the actions of our ancestors) helps us all.
confronting systemic oppression is painful, and joyful, and is a life work.
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