What we missed

The inimitable Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai has passed away. May she rest in power.

The very brilliant Melissa Harris Perry wrote a brave piece about race, liberals and Obama. The responses ranged from rage to well thought out arguments. She defended her piece. I mentioned on twitter last night, what annoys me most about race conversations is that if race isn’t the 100% problem, you are only allowed to bring it up as 0% of the conversation–anything else is read as divisive. Perry takes issue with this assumption and some other ones.

An awesome essay about fighting against the inflicted belief that a woman in a wheelchair can’t enjoy sex.

If you are going to the NYC Web 2.0 Expo, I will be giving a presentation at Ignite NYC a really fun series of presentations where you get five minutes and twenty slides.

The Frisky on how to teach boys to be feminists.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/mathiastolerain/ Matt

    From the “How to Teach Boys to be Feminist” post:

    … Teach them that “feminism” means promoting women’s rights and interests. … Teach them that by taking a role in feminism they will be helping everyone, not just women. …

    I guess… Well… If I understand my basic feminist theory correctly, there is nothing wrong with the above two bullet points. According to theory, a lot of what could be considered “men’s problems” can be seen as byproduct of oppression of women. This is a valuable tool that can be used to underscore the interconnected nature of gender issues (at least as far as the cis-gendered realm, if not further with some tweaking).

    I find myself skeptical however that such a presentation will be convincing for young men who are struggling with “men’s issues” that are (or are generally perceived to be) somewhat removed from the direct oppression of women. Coming from someone who has worked with men in the feminist discipline in the past, I would argue more for teaching young men introspection via “feminist” technique on the male condition. Once the person in question is more aware of his “position,” it gives him a cognitive framework within which to better understand the “position” of others.

    What I like about this method as opposed to the blogpost’s method is that this one lets young men figure themselves out first, before trying to see where they fit into bigger picture. It also imparts skills that would be useful in creating (truly) safe spaces for males within feminist ideology, which would work to counter one of the more common criticisms of feminist ideology and activism.

  • http://feministing.com/members/pooky/ Shannon

    Ugh. Read the comments on The Frisky article if you’re in the mood to see a bit of privilege…

  • red_haired_dancer

    I should have known better than to read the comments on the Frisky article.