Feminism FOR REAL



This Book Is No Longer Available When Feminism Itself Becomes Its Own Form Of Oppression, What Do We Have To Say About It Western Notions Of Polite Discourse Are Not The Norm For All Of Us, And Just Because We Ve Got Some New And Hot Language Lately In Equity Seeking Movements Like Feminism Such As Intersectionality To Use In Our Talk, It Doesn T Necessarily Make Things Change In Our Walk I.e Actually Being Anti Racist Confronting The Sometimes Uncomfortable Questions Feminism Has Made Us Ask About What S Going On FOR REAL Paved The Many Paths That Brought The Contributors Of This Book Together To Share Their Sometimes Uncomfortable Truths, Not Just About Feminism, But About Who They Are And Where They Are Coming From.Against A Backdrop Exposing A 500 Year Legacy Of Colonization And Oppression, Feminism FOR REAL Explores What Has Led Us To The Existence Of Feminism , Who Gets To Decide What It Is, And Why With Stories That Make The Walls Of Academia Come Tumbling Down, It Deals Head On With The Conflicts Of What Feminism Means In Theory As Opposed To Real Life, The Frustrations Of Trying To Relate To Definitions Of Feminism That Never Fit No Matter How Much You Try To Change Yourself To Fit Them, And The Anger Of Changing A System While Being In The System Yourself.Feminism FOR REAL

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  • 176 pages
  • Feminism FOR REAL
  • Krysta Williams
  • English
  • 19 October 2017

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  1. says:

    If you ve ever been burned out by Women s Studies classes, confused by the feminist blogosphere s intellectually elitist hierarchies, or rendered invisible by mainstream media depictions of What A Feminist Looks Like , we should talk about it For many of us, we don t know where to start talking, or how, or even to whom we should address the issues of inequality which plague so many feminist and social justice movements racism, sexism, ableism, classism, homophobia, ageism, cissupremacy, colonialism a mere sampling from the makings of kyriarchy and the treacherous systems of domination and subordination which police our identities, our privileges and our oppressions Jessica Yee s Feminism FOR REAL Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism is an unflinching, complex look at how capital F feminism has oppressed, silenced, and maligned people on the margins of society.In some respects, Feminism FOR REAL is a natural extension of the conversations in Yee s previous work, Sex Ed and Youth Colonization, Sexuality and Communities of Colour CCPA 2009 Many of the contributors in Feminism FOR REAL self identify as Indigenous and offer powerful essays confronting sexism, racism, and colonialist occupation But in other respects, the book feels like a continuation of AnaLouise Keating and Gloria Anzald a s feminist dialogues in this bridge we call home radical visions for transformation Routledge 2002 Like this bridge we call home, Yee s book casts a wide net over a cross dialogue from authors of diverse backgrounds multi gender, able bodied and dis abled, old and young, people of color and white Ultimately, the multiplicity of voices and experiences in Feminism FOR REAL offers a rich tapestry of feminisms for readers to listen, learn, and engage.There s something to consider when comparing the curvaceous and fat, brown belly depicted on the cover of Feminism FOR REAL to 2007 s graffiti splash of Full Frontal Feminism across a white, taut belly And if you re curious about the book s title, Yee defines the term academic industrial complex of feminism in her introduction as the conflicts between what feminism means at school as opposed to at home, the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that will never fit no matter how much you try to change yourself to fit them, and the anger and frustration of changing a system while being in the system yourself 13 14 Yee s editorial direction eschews traditional models of writer audience dialogue she doesn t condescend to Native youth in Sex Ed and Feminism FOR REAL doesn t talk down to academic feminists Mixing AQSAzine s poetry Muslims Speaking for Ourselves with incisive dialogues like the stand out Resistance to Indigenous Feminism, co authored by Krysta Williams and Erin Konsmo, Yee provides a steady pace of ideological writings in a variety of literary styles And there s rarely a dull moment to be found throughout.The anthology doesn t always get it right when it comes to inclusivity in several essays, there is repeated use of ableist language such as blind and blindsided RMJ at Deeply Problematic has a great post explaining how this term is often used in social justice communities to discuss privilege, but the word blind and its various permutations actually perpetuates oppression Louis Esme Cruz s Medicine Bundle of Contradictions did a great job of centering issues on disability as well as indigenous rights, gender identity, and self love love of community But overall, I think, my criticism of these missteps in language is a compassionate take we each and all have privilege in some areas and face oppression in others, so our journeys of un learning damaging ideas, practices, and language involves both concentrated effort and unintentional mistakes And yes, I realize that my own compassion, in this instance and others, also goes hand in hand with my able bodied privilege.In an online interview, Latoya Peterson, owner editor of Racialicious and author of the Feminism FOR REAL essay The Feminist Existential Crisis Dark Child Remix , reflected on the completion of publishing her piece for the book I feel a lot validated in other spaces where I am practicing feminism and applying it, she wrote Her advice for young feminists Do something else besides feminism I m serious The feminist blogosphere is oversaturated in my opinion Please, find something else you love and take feminist theory there It gets lonely over here in tech and video games I have a great crew of other feminists but we are a little island in a vast sea We need feminist minded business bloggers, feminist theory wielding finance bloggers Labor organizers with a feminist lens blogging Can you imagine whatDeadspin the sports blog would look like with a feminist on staff Restructurewrites about science, tech and feminism join her Publish a blog doing literary criticism with a feminist lens Take on The New York Times Talk about class issues and feminism Whatever it is, apply your feminism in a different space Clocking in at a mere 176 pages, Feminism FOR REAL is a minor publishing miracle a book that speaks truth to power by challenging the status quo of white supremacy, class privilege, heteronormativity, and other regrettable isms within the scope of feminism Editor Jessica Yee examined so much of what is loathsome about our current mainstream feminist representations and then published her anthology with a union based independent press that aligned with her core political values Feminism FOR REAL deserves recognition for its efforts to educate, challenge, and incite change If we re ever to make the jump from feminist theory to our complicated realities, I hope we can answer the book s call to be just a little understanding, a lot open to our lived experiences, and yes, a little real.

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    A desperately needed collection of radical voices.You could call it less than polished, but it would be better to call it real, raw and urgent.

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    N.B Although I was planning to read it anyway, this book s inclusion of Indigenous perspectives made it an appropriate choice for my final assignment a book review in my Aboriginal Education class As a result, I have written this with a focus on how this book furthered my understanding of Indigenous issues and applies to my teaching I hope you find this perspective valuable even if you aren t a teacher This is a rough draft, so comments are welcome And be forewarned it s slightly formal, with a lot quotation lifting than I usually practice in my Goodreads reviews..The 7th of March, 2011 was the 100th International Women s Day, and The Globe and Mail commemorated the occasion by running two contrasting columns on the front page One, by Stephanie Nolen, discusses the ongoing struggle for women s rights in the developing world Next to it was Margaret Wente s piece, in which she argues The war for women s rights is over And we won She seems to be employing George W Bush s definition of mission accomplished here I have no doubt the juxtaposition of these two articles was an intentional bit of sensationalism on the Globe s part Yet it also emphasizes the privileged, white perspective the Globe expects to share with its readers Nolen discusses the developing world as a far off place, while Wente refers to Western women as a single, homogenous group, saying, If you are a woman reading this newspaper today, you are singularly blessed You belong to the freest, most educated, and most affluent group of women in all of human history Her choice of words is stunning and only increased my incredulity at the entire article Wente has some very interesting, very restrictive ideas about the type of women reading The Globe and Mail And she couldn t be wrong The world may look very rosy from her seat at the table, but the war for women s rights indeed, for the rights of women, Indigenous people, the poor, and ethnic and racial minorities in general is far from over Her claim that women have won the war echoed eerily in my mind as I read this passage from Feminism FOR REAL We re not really equal when we re STILL supposed to uncritically and obediently cheer when white women are praised for winning women s rights, and to painfully forget the Indigenous women and women of colour who were hurt in that same process 12 In Feminism FOR REAL, Jessica Yee has collected the thoughts and expressions of a diverse group of people, attempting to combat the idea that feminism is a movement best left in the classroom and best left to affluent, white academics.Feminism FOR REAL challenges the received wisdom of academic feminism It does this in form as well as in content, for it is than just a collection of essays It contains informal articles that at times feel intimate and confessional it has letters, conversations and interviews, and poetry As Erin Konsmo says, We choose to have a conversation in spirit of deconstructing academia and challenging the forms in which knowledge is accepted 23 I find this appealing for several reasons Firstly, discussions of contemporary feminism have become mired in theoretical frameworks that can do as much harm as good, for they contain biases and expectations that may not be realistic Secondly, as a future teacher I believe it is important to challenge the way we teach and explore alternative methods of teaching, which might include Two Eyed Seeing approaches that teach traditional Indigenous Knowledge alongside the Western curriculum Yet I am also learning to recognize that an eagerness to decolonize Indigenous Knowledge and employ anticolonial teaching strategies can, if done improperly, lead to further appropriation and colonial behaviour This is something Yee and her contributors are aware of as well.As its subtitle states, Feminism FOR REAL wants to deconstruct the academic industrial complex of feminism Several contributors remark upon the gulf between theory and experience In particular, the expectations of academia when it comes to discussing feminism can also be exclusionary, as Krysta Williams observes If so called radical or progressive people don t hear enough buzz words like feminist, anti oppression, anti racist, social justice, etc in your introduction, then you are deemed unworthy and not knowledgeable enough to speak with authority on issues that you have lived experience with 30 This is an issue I have been encountering quite often lately as I think about feminism and also about education Megan Lee talks about how she saw the same token superficial analyses of racism and classism 85 in her women s studies classes Coming from a poor background, she was conflicted about her participation in an institution that reinforces privilege, and notes that her mother feared that I would become like the many privileged young professionals who claim to understand the experience of being oppressed by virtue of their education and rely on the authority of their education to silence and ignore the actual experiences of oppressed people 87 Although I do not share Lee s background, I also have concerns about my heavily theory based education I love theory and abstract thought, and I majored in mathematics not just because I love it but because it is a refuge from the real world Yet I did not choose to go into an abstract career I am going to be a teacher I will be interacting with real people, each one unique in background and experiences, and I will be in a position of authority Feminism FOR REAL and other books like it remind me that, while a useful component of study, theory can only get you so far.The idea that a movement like feminism, which is supposedly all about equality, can actually be a vehicle of oppression and exclusion is troubling, to say the least Of course, it is exactly the perception of feminism as a homogenous, unified movement that Yee and the contributors to Feminism FOR REAL want to dispel Many of her contributors discuss this heterogeneity in the context of Indigenous rights Reading about how some feminists reject the inclusion of Indigenous issues under the umbrella of feminism reminds me of Leanne Simpson s experiences with journal editors editors have consistently removed references to colonialism from my manuscripts because it is too off topic Similarly, Theresa Lightfoot takes exception to how non Indigenous feminists often treat being Indigenous as an add on Native women get the typical oh those are Native issues response, or we hear things like, colonialism and its hang ups are too vast and broad for our scope and thus don t warrant inclusion 106 There seems to be remarkable resistance in the academic industrial complex to including Indigenous perspectives as a valid part of movements, fields of studies, and academic disciplines We are content now to acknowledge that such perspectives exist, but we treat them as a separate field, as something other There is a latent expectation that Indigenous people will shelve their Native issues for the duration of discussions of women s rights, as if being Indigenous is a state one can suspend or put on hold when convenient Referring to 2nd wave, white, middle class feminists, anna Saini says, What they cannot understand they discount, instead of ceding their control and leadership of the movement to play a supporting role empowering us to fight for our own self determination 96 and I think this is true of people in authority over movements in general Jessica Yee labels this a form of neo colonialism 96 , and I would have to agree.Feminism FOR REAL emphasizes that colonization, appropriation, and exploitation are not obscure phenomena relegated to our past They are ongoing Equality does not mean we treat everyone as the same, especially when the same is all too often a code phrase for everyone is white Even when society acknowledges the Indigenous perspective or any non white perspective , it makes few attempts to accommodate that perspective, something that Golshan Abdmoulaie captures well in her poem about Muslim women when she says, None of your dreams fit me 71 It is with this awareness that I consider how I will confront these issues, especially as a teacher I consider myself a feminist in the sense of Latoya Peterson If I think about gender, access, and equality , therefore I am by definition, a feminist 43 However, I am also a white male In challenging racial and gender inequality, my goal is to be what Krysta Williams and Ashling Ligate call an Indigenous ally someone who supports you, and also challenges their own complicity in the system that produce sic harm 155 Hence, coming from this perspective, for me the strongest message of this book is that discomfort will be a natural part of the struggle to be an ally It will not be abstract, theoretical discomfort it will be real It will be a part of my life and of my teaching.As an example of how discomfort appears in teaching, consider the controversy in the United States over a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that replaces the N word with slave The publisher argues that the former word makes modern readers uncomfortable with the book I think such censorship absurd Can you imagine if we skipped sections of Canadian history because the way European colonists treated Indigenous peoples makes us uncomfortable today Challenging inequality in any form and learning to be an ally is not easy, nor should it be It is uncomfortable, and sometimes it hurts 156 This is the most pragmatic and important lesson that Feminism FOR REAL has for me Depending on your background and your experiences, you may find different lessons in this book but I can guarantee you will find lessons Like some of the contributors have confessed, I am not well read when it comes to the canon of popular academic feminists, so I am not qualified to label this book refreshing or revolutionary But it is eye opening, thought provoking, and it does what it says on the cover it is real, as in authentic, and that makes it worth your attention.

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    Jessica Yee and I have a lot in common, personally and politically For one, last year we were both curating collective published works that simultaneously construct and deconstruct contemporary feminist theory while broadening the scope of who is seen as legitimate enough to be a theory maker I wasn t aware of her work, and so far as I know, she wasn t aware of mine either Despite being topically similar, the results of both projects are strikingly different And I have a few theories about why.Feminism FOR REAL brings together twenty written works, both poetry and prose, penned by a variety of radical activists While the authors are diverse in their backgrounds, they converge on one belief academia, boo This is a pretty common refrain among activists, one I ve sung over and over myself But it s also one that now feels a little off key to me for its wholesale exclusivity and apparent lack of understanding of the ways activism and and academic are necessarily interdependent For that reason, I found myself having to put forth some effort to read many of these pieces where they re at, instead of with condescension.I want to be clear about a couple of things 1 although it is a frequent accusation tossed my way, I am not an academic and 2 I claim the sentiment in the paragraph above as a part of my own personal struggle and processing, not a failing of this anthology Too many times we patronizingly press our lips together, just waiting to inform the young ins that they ll see things differently one day And even though they might, that s no excuse for bolstering one s sense of superiority at another s expense, nor choosing not to interrogate the things that contribute to our own self righteous point of view In fact, it s just this kind of ageist trope that Yee and crew rightfully rail against in Feminism FOR REAL.So every piece in this book didn t speak to me so what The ones that did were exciting to read and filled me with validation Megan Lee s Maybe I m Not Class Mobile Maybe I m Class Queer is an excellent examination of the complex conflicts held by those of us who have been able to escape our families poverty while maintaining the desire to embrace our working class identity and advocate for us and for them Andrea Plaid discusses the unintentional delegitimizing of Ann Marie Rios, and therefore all nontraditionally educated sex workers, by professional read degreed sexologist Bianca Laureano in No, I Would Follow the Porn Star s Advice And ending with Kate Klein s On Learning How Not to Be An Asshole Academic Feminist re assured me that Yee and I are probably on the same page with our personal and political intentionality.Pick up Feminism FOR REAL if you re looking to gain an worthwhile education, and perhaps a bit of critical self awareness too.Written by Mandy Van Deven

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    You can read a bunch of excerpts here

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    i agree this kind of reads like a zine, it s made up of personal reflections that vary quite widely in their perspectives and experiences, in that sense it feels a bit disparate i was kinda hoping for a systematic or in depth critique of the academic industrial complex of feminism at the end of this book i m not sure i know what that is really this shit is real by krysta williams and ashling ligate has some really important tips for engaging in anti oppressive activism academia that i agree need to be constantly checked when you re doing that work from a position of relative privilege i also liked reading robyn maynard s piece because it was grounded in a specific community project and the challenges they faced latoya peterson s and louis esme cruz s contributions were also really enjoyable to read as personal narratives.

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    I actually read this book in one sitting A lot of it appealed to me It was about the academia of feminism and the difference between white, middle class academic feminism and the feminism practiced by others It was about how people of colour might feel out of place in academic women s studies programs.This book had a lot of energy and a lot of anger It was edited by one woman, and there were numerous essays in it Some of them were much better than others It had a zine like feel to it I really enjoyed a lot of the pieces in it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has ever felt out of place in an academic setting or in a discussion of feminism I really appreciated the First Nations perspective and the discussion of indigenous feminism , which makes sense to me.

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    As with many anthologies, there is a problem with inconsistency To my mind, LaToya Peterson, Andrea Plaid, and Louis Esme Cruz contributed the best essays I had trouble with Megan Lee s conceptualization of a class queer identity, but would gladly sit on it or encourage others to run with the idea It sounds like Krysta Williams and Erin Konsmo are doing amazing work for indigenous rights and brought up some of the salient criticisms against academic feminism, and in general I hope this book challenges feminist thinking on indigenous women and national identity this book really opened my eyes as far as Canadian indigenous feminist womanist rights are concerned, and to my mind this isn t being addressed within the academy at all I m fine with the anthology s collective effort to criticize and in some sense dismantle the academy As someone who is entering into the academy as a feminist media scholar, I think this is pretty necessary To that end, poet Shaunga Tagore might have offered the most succinct and powerful missive However, what ultimately frustrated me about Feminism FOR REAL is that some pieces didn t read as a systemic critique of the academy so much as personal is political attacks Shabiki Crane does a decent job of balancing the two in her brief essay on her rump and black cis female sexuality, where she calls bullshit on the embedded racism of poststructuralist feminist thought that claims it s empowering for Britney Spears to foreground her sexuality but not Beyonc aside a smart commenter challenged a similar argument I made in a post about the Telephone video But Diandra Jurkic Walls piece about the resentment she felt for her program not wanting her to turn in a zine for her thesis just read like a white girl trying to enter into the Oppression Olympics She made a few good arguments, but they were buried under a lot of whining If I were her thesis adviser, there d be a big So What written on the first page of this essay.That said, I have a lot of good will for this book and hope it gets recognition in the academy and blogosphere.

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    Did I catch a hint of sovereign citizens in this, or am I dreaming The poetry was lame, but it always is in these anthologies.Also, I ve been studying feminism for a long time and in college , and I still couldn t figure out what half of these authors were saying or perhaps they d argue I m too versed in academic feminism, or maybe I m just too white Anyway, it was difficult to follow, seemed to meander, and it also seemed to assume that I had a plethora of knowledge of issues for Native women in Canada I have none.So this book ended up being completely not what I expected from the title excluding the very last essay I guess it wasn t written for me, which sucks because I was truly interested in learning about the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism Maybe it needs a different title Or maybe I m too steeped in my white ignorance, and I don t understand colonialism and Canada s history of oppressing minorities This book made me want to learn about it, but it didn t teach me anything I was super lost.I think it s really of a collection of Native Canadian women being angry I just didn t have the previous knowledge to get it Seriously, feminist websites, why this book Have you even read it

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    The best book on feminism I ve ever read Accessible, engaging, and most importantly, incredibly moving and eye opening

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