"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”" —- Libby Anne (via newwavenova)
From their announcement:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.
Plaza de Armas, Cusco / Peru (by thejourney1972).
Here’s the thing about Pride Parades, though: they’ve become less about being a gathering for queer people to be able to find and reach out to people like them who experience the same struggles as them and form relationships with them and more about pandering to straight people. I guarantee you half the people at most if not all Pride Parades all self-proclaimed Straight Allies who think they’re doing something good by being there, when in reality they are alienating a part of the community who should feel nothing but welcome at those kind of events.
There is this sort of pocket, cookie-cutter section of the queer community and it’s pretty much exclusive to cisgendered gay’s and lesbian’s and very little else, and this is the easiest part of the community for straight people to swallow. Don’t ask straight people to understand and accept bisexual people, or trans people, or asexual people. It’s not a coincidence that the large majority of people supporting and attending Pride Parades is this same, bite-sized, easy to swallow pocket of the queer community.
I just think it’s extremely entitled of straight people to feel welcomed at Pride Parades. It’s another way allies are trying to push their way into our community, liken their struggles to ours, try to make their voices heard over ours. I think it’s a really big issue that straight people feel more welcomed at Pride Parades than actual queer and genderqueer people who don’t fall into the category of ‘Easy To Accept Queer’.
Until we start making straight people feel more uncomfortable about attending and supporting Pride Parades than bisexual or trans people, I can’t support them. Until the queer people attending Pride Parades make an effort to alienate straight people instead of perpetuating transphobia, biphobia and pushing away members of the community they are supposed to be supporting, I can’t be associated with that kind of event.