Intersectional Feminist Spaces 101 and 201

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.
  • Derailing.
  • Being called out.
  • Lived experience > theoretical knowledge.
  • Do your own research.
  • Privilege.
  • Racists with black friends.
  • Listening / being with discomfort.
  • Dis/courtesy.
  • 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.
  • Shame.
  • 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.

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Be the Change: 5 tips for activists from Autostraddle

Autostraddle describes itself as “an intelligent, hilarious & provocative voice and a progressively feminist online community for multiple generations of kickass lesbian, bisexual & otherwise inclined ladies (and their friends)”. Mainly aimed at a younger cohort, it nonetheless has resources and information relevant to all ages, as well as all genders and all orientations.

At the beginning of 2017 they published Be the Change: 5 Tips for Queer Activists Charging Into 2017  by KaeLyn, a response to the horror of USians about to begin living under a Trump presidency.

While the title makes the content sound very specific, it in fact contains information and reminders that apply to activists of all vintages, orientations, and experience levels, to whit:

  1. Avoid burnout.
  2. Think intersectionally.
  3. Act in solidarity.
  4. Use your privilege for good.
  5. Know and respect your limits.

It’s well worth reading at any time.

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