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6. Craziness, Conscious, Concepts: Sexual Politics and Feminism

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2008 by alexis

“Black feminists often talk about their feelings of craziness before becoming conscious of the concepts of sexual politics, patriarchal rule and most importantly, feminism, the political analysis and practice that we women use to struggle against our oppression.”

What do we think about these concepts of craziness and consciousness in our movements?  Do we move from craziness to consciousness?  Does our consciousness lead us to to new levels of crazy? Is the point of our organizing to feel un-crazy?  Who says what crazy means anyway?  How did you feel before gaining some of the tools and words that we use as organizers?  How do you feel inside your movement(s)?  What are some of the political analyses and practices that you use to struggle against oppression and create clarity in your organizing?

Check out I Wanna Live the radical self-care site created by women of color in Washington DC (including the brilliant Kismet who commented below)!  I wanna live features visual meditations on what self-care means for women of color, sparked by a redefined relationship to anger members of INCITE: Women of Color Against Violence in DC created during the Summer of Our Lorde.   Reflect on the image above in honor of the young, gifted, queer and black Lorraine Hansberry.

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10. Simultaneous Switch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 4, 2008 by alexis

“We also often find it difficult to separate race from class from sex oppression because in our lives they are most often experienced simultaneously.”

Switch around and change the words in this sentence to describe your experience.

For example SONG co-director Caitlin Breedlove made the following sentences:

Caitlin breaking it down...

Caitlin breaking it down...

“We always find it hard to separate race from class from sex oppression from ethnicity from desire from longing from love because in our lives they are experienced simultaneously.”

‘We cannot separate our race from class from sex oppression from ethnicity from desire from longing from exile from love because they are experienced simultaneously.”

“We are every single one of our ancestors; that is why we cannot separate race from class from sex oppression from ethnicity (the painted bracelets of my grandmothers) from desire (my 15-year old hands on the back of her neck), from longing from exile (talking to myself in my peoples language alone in the car) from love because they are experienced simultaneously.”

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