Crossknit is the online moniker of a “calligrapher, crossfitter, editor, graphic designer, knitter, lawyer, seamstress and spinner” who has written two amazing posts guiding the new (and not so new) to navigating the pitfalls and subtleties of intersectional feminist spaces — that is, feminist spaces that recognise that racism is always present alongside misogyny, as well as other systems of oppression based around dis/ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, etc., etc.
How to survive in intersectional feminist spaces 101 was written in January 2017, and covers:
- Getting corrected.
- It’s not about you.
- Being called out.
- Lived experience > theoretical knowledge.
- Do your own research.
- Racists with black friends.
- Listening / being with discomfort.
- Useful vocabulary
So you think you know a thing: Feministing 201 was written a few weeks later, and covers:
- Some things are not for you.
- Don’t say this!
- Burden of education.
- Centering marginalised voices.
- Ally cookies.
- Being the teachable moment.
They are both awesome — not only informative, but also sassy and amusing. If you are looking for an introduction or a refresher on being involved in the struggle for social justice, I highly recommend them.