Monday, October 29, 2012
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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Barbara Smith writes about racism as a feminist issue in her article cleverly titled Racism and Women's Studies. Smith discusses racism in this article, but mainly talks about how white women take responsibility for their racism. She sees the change in how they, white women, take responsibility because she is a black feminist and sees things in a different perspective than the other women. She does state that racism is a feminist issue and can be explained by the "inherent definition of feminism. Feminism is the political theory and practice that struggles to free all women: women of color, working-class women, poor women, disabled women, lesbians, old women-as well as white, economically privileged, heterosexual women."(Smith, 1). Smith states that racism is not the fact that you can't be civil towards black people, but it is the act of how you act towards them. The fact that you cannot "look them in the eye and laugh with us"(Smith, 2), is a harsh statement. But she has a point. It is one thing to be civil towards someone, but not knowing how to act towards them is a different manner. If you cannot associate yourself with a certain group because you do not know how to act, then that is a bit racist. My thinking is that, if you can't relate to someone because of their race, gender, or sex, then you are being prejudice towards them. Smith makes a good argument.
Now I tend to not think of myself as being racist. I think I tend to give everyone a fair chance at getting to know me. Whether the outcome is that we don't become friends or that we become great friends is a different story. If you are nice to me, I'll be nice back. But if you are an asshole to me, be prepared for me to be an asshole back.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
So, today we are talking about LGBTQ issues in class. And this topic has always interested me. Not for the fact that I'm curious about myself, but because people in general interest me. The way people think or act and why they do it in that manner. So when talking about the LGBTQ community I'm very curious on how they act. Not in a mean manner, but like what is the difference between a transgender and transexual person, why a man in drag refers to himself as a she when dressed up, and just the terminology in general.
Now I know a few people in the LGBTQ community, specifically my best friend. Now she came out in September 2011 and I questioned her on it, not like "are you sure you're gay?" but more like the "so how did you know?" just because I was curious on how she knew because she dated a man for 2 years prior to coming out. Then she told me she was happy and that's all that mattered to me. So what we are talking about in class has kept me very interested and I enjoy talking about it.