Softcover 6″ x 9″, 240pp
Coming September 2012
What Are You Doing Here? investigates how black women musicians and fans navigate the metal, hardcore, and punk music genres that are regularly thought of as inclusive spaces and centered on a community spirit, but fail to block out the race and gender issues that exist in the outside world.
“We can neither reflectively choose our color identity nor downplay its social significance simply by willing it to be unimportant… but our color no more binds us to send a predetermined group message to our fellow human beings than our language binds us to convey predetermined thoughts.”—Amy Gutmann
“Sometimes I think nothing is simple but the feeling of pain.”—Lester Bangs
I’ll be the first to admit that, like any other book, What Are You Doing Here? is partly self-serving. I wanted to find other black women like me: metal, hardcore, and punk fans and musicians that were rabid about the music and culture and adamant about asserting their rightful place as black women within those scenes. I wanted to find other women who put aside the cultural baggage that dictates that we must listen to certain musical styles, and simply enjoy the music that influenced us, not just as black women, but as individuals who grew up in an era when, thanks to technology, a large variety of music is accessible and available to everyone. I found many black women and have shared their stories, but I also realize there is still a lot of work to be done.
Sweet! Looking forward to reading this.
I WANT THIS YES
[Gifset: Laverne Cox speaks at the GLAAD media awards, she says,
"Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and each other."]
Gods i fucking love this blog.
It turns out there’s a man out there stealing Black women’s purses and then killing the Black women (whether they give up their purse or not).
Spread the word. Be Safe.
Gonna keep reblogging this, who’s ever is doing this is ruthless. He’s already killed four people. Be safe out there.
What the everloving fuck.
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THEY FINALLY MADE IT COMMERCIALLY YES YES YES.
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Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.
While this may be a big “duh” to a lot of U.S. citizens, a recent study which has been made open for public viewing concludes that the United States’ system of government is closer to that of a (corporate) oligarchy than it is a democracy. That is to say that power is vested within a small group of people, as opposed to the majority.
Historically speaking, oligarchies generally devolve into tyrannical states due to the concentration of power (usually based on class) with a smaller group of people who generally do not agree with the interests or preferences of the majority; these types of frictions lead to oppression by making some people more “equal” than others, as demonstrated in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, essentially giving people certain rights, but allowing those rights more freely to certain groups.
I remember in the 6th grade when we were learning about different types of governments and we got to oligarchy I said to the teacher “Oh so that’s what America is right?” and he looked at me like i was crazy and said “No Elijah, America is a democracy because the citizens also have power” and I said “what power?” and he said “We can vote” and I was kind of quite for a little bit because i thought he was gonna say something else and I was like “Is that it?” and he just went on to the next lesson
They had to do a study about this? Of COURSE the US is an oligarchy, it has been pretty much since its inception.
Oh, golly gee, hit me with the tough questions…
Now, everyone has a right to to their own opinions and I completely respect that right.
With that being said, here is my own.
I believe all life is sacred and while on this Earth we have a duty to assist, attempt to understand, and be empathetic towards one another. Personally, would I ever get an abortion? No. But that’s myself. I have no right to tell another woman if she should carry out her pregnancy.
To myself, abortion is the termination of a pregnancy and not a baby. Personhood at conception is not a proven biological fact
Her life is just as sacred and just as meaningful and if she does not have the resources to care for a child or the ability or desire to carry the pregnancy to term and offer adoption, it is not my place to judge. Instead, in an effort to care for human life, I can only do my best to offer assistance by donation to low-income mothers/parents, free baby sitting and tutoring, foster care, and push for a safe medical facility in which abortion can occur if it is so chosen.
*There are 68,000 maternal deaths from ‘back alley abortions’ each year in the 33 countries where abortion is not legal or available (David A Grimes, MD, et al., “Unsafe Abortion: The Preventable Pandemic,” Lancet, Oct. 2006)
*Anti-abortion position is often argued with religion as a basis and that ideology; while beautiful in itself, has no place as a foundation for a law in the United States. This is not a ‘Christian Nation’ and our constitution requests a separation of church and state.
*I cannot find a recent study on the availability of contraceptives for low-income women. Due to the recent health care law changes, I feel a recent study would be better. The latest I can find is 2009 which stated half of all group insurance plans did not cover any form of prescription contraceptive and 75% of insured women lacked coverage for contraceptive services [Ann Kurth, PhD, et al. “Reproductive and Sexual Health Benefits in Private Health Insurance Plans in Washington State,” Family Planning Perspectives, July/Aug. 2001]. However, as our media seems to idealize sex while our society seems to look down upon it; many women are shamed for taking contraceptive measures (For instance) and even receive wrongful information on preventative acts during intercourse. I could go on about how I detest the ‘abstinence until marriage’ curriculum but that is best suited for another time. However, if interested, you can read more [here]
*Many women do not have the financial resources to support a child. In one study, 73% of women who had an abortion responded that their reason why was that they could not afford to have a baby. 38% stated it would interfere with their education and career goals. (Lawrence B. Finer, Lori F. Frohwirth, et al., “Reasons US Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives,” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Sep. 2005) To me, it seems wrong to sentence a woman or her partner to give up their dreams because contraceptive failed or was not readily available. And motherhood must never be a punishment for sexual intercourse.
*Because lack of financial resources is the primary reason for abortion, a pregnancy that is carried to term under these conditions result in children raised in poverty. Malnutrition, starvation, lack of medical and education services, underdevelopment and conflict over resources becomes a very real issue. The chances of leading criminal lives in adulthood are increased. (John J. Donohue, PhD, and Steven D. Levitt, JD, PhD, “The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime,” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2001)
*Fetuses are incapable of feeling pain when an abortion is performed (Stuart W. G. Derbyshire, PhD, ”Can Fetuses Feel Pain?,” British Medical Journal, Apr. 29, 2006)
*Modern abortion procedures are safe and those women who had at least two abortions experience the same future fertility as those who had two natural pregnancies (Peter Frank, MD, et al., “The Effect of Induced Abortion on Subsequent Fertility,” Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth, June 1993)
With all that being said, I believe abortion should be legal and I have no say in the termination of a pregnancy that is not my own. I believe all life is sacred and so I do what I can to care for life by offering tutoring, assistance, and time with children and their parent(s). I work in health care, I went to school for psychology and sociology, I teach, I run an advice blog. I do not picket abortion facilities, I do not place blame on those who may need their services.
(If this is reblogged for any reason, please tag appropriately so as not to trigger your followers. Thank you)
The sources and way this is organized is beautiful
They remind me of concentration camps.
OMG RIGHT?! Cause Planned Parenthood TOTALLY imprisons people based on their ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Cause they ABSOLUTELY rob people of all their earthly wealth, and systematically murder thousands of living, sentient, breathing and thinking human beings.
Cause Planned Parenthood TOTALLY DOESN’T provide life-saving discounted care like cancer screenings and contraception to lower-income people and those without health insurance. Cause Planned Parenthood ABSOLUTELY DOESN’T care about encouraging people to exercise their freedoms to plan and make families when they’re financially, spiritually and emotionally ready.
I MEAN HOW FUCKING DARE THEY.
Chances are, you’ve read about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Chances are, they all deserved to die, too.
It’s not farfetched and if you’re offended, that’s your own fault - not mine. The chances that everyone on that flight was privileged, cis, and hetero, is extremely high. The Malaysian and Chinese governments, and by association its people, are responsible for the mass oppression and eradication of homosexuals and non-cis individuals.
In other words, every single person on board that aircraft was a criminal whose crimes were those against humanity.
I would not have preferred they died in that manner. Ideally it would have been under the spiked heel of proactive, radical feminism. But dead cis hets are dead cis hets, and we should be claiming our victories wherever we can get them at this point.
Plane crashes are scary. We do not want to be a part of one. But what’s even scarier, and what we are a part of every. single. day., is constant oppression and hate.
We should not forget this, and we should remember MH370 not as a terrible, tragic loss of life. We should remember it as a victory against the status quo, a small step forward towards equality and peace. Perhaps the loss of the plane and the “lives” on board will one day lead to gender neutral plaques on bathroom doors. This is how they would have wanted to be remembered: as a solution, through their deaths, to gender inequality.
Are you…serious? I sincerely hope this is a trolling blog or something…
I’d say its extremely farfetched and offensive no matter how you slice it to say that people on that plane deserved to die. Objectively, that’s a horrible fucking thing to say, and to absolve responsibility for saying it is repulsive.
There is so much wrong with this. 1) assuming everyone on board was cis and heterosexual, 2) assuming that everyone there is a direct reflection of their government, 3) actually tagging a post wherein you call for the death of a given group of people with #PEACE (?!) and 4), actually thinking that a plane crash which has zero to do with gender equality, will somehow combat the status quo.
Most disturbing about this though, is framing such incredibly obtuse thinking as “proactive radical feminism.”
Put down the Valerie Solanas you fucking nutjob.
Dear Anti-Sexism Raptor,
I noticed that reblog you made of that horrible “women don’t have deep emotions” thing and I was repulsed by the OP, but I also was made to recall my studies specifically in communication and in particular women’s intersection with anger.
It is absolutely not true that women do not experience a depth of emotion. That is completely a lie and you are a wonderful dinosaur for pointing that horrid OP out.
However, it is both known and currently explored that women may, in our westernized current society at least, be socialized to have poor emotional awareness. That is, because our society is so sexist and constantly tears down women who express even healthy aggression (like ambition in a job!), justified anger, sadness, as hysterical or uppity or otherwise “bitchy” some women over time can be gaslighted into not being sure what they’re feeling or if what they are feeling is legitimate.
The stereotype that women are overly overtly emotional is actually incorrect— women are constantly forced into indirect expressions of anger, sadness, and fear and rendered unable to directly voice their feelings. This results in poor self esteem, higher depression rates, abusive relationships becoming even worse, etc.
So that OP was not just wrong, he was wrong on so many levels that he could even be said to accidentally scrape accuracy— on the total wrong thing he was trying to say. Women are not prevented from being honest in their emotional expression because they “don’t have depth of thought or emotions.” Women are often prevented from being honest in their emotional expression because they aren’t safe from jerkwads like the OP and constant conditioning they can get from childhood that takes a lot of unpacking to even start to unlearn.
For interested people, some book recs. I can make (and my textbooks on this subject when I studied it academically) are The Curse of the Good Girl, by Rachel Simmons, Behind the Mask, by Dana Crowley Jack, and The Dance of Anger, by Harriet Lerner
I hope that this text dump is accessible and all right on this SKREEEE-based blog,
Thanks for being an awesome and valuable blog.
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