It’s On Us: Sexual Assault PSA

“It’s On Us” is another well-made, common sense, public awareness campaign backed by celebrities and the White House. It’s an almost entirely US-focused campaign (you can’t even buy a shirt outside of the USA), but the issue is international.

It really Is On Us (and I’m specifically looking at us men) to actually translate it from awareness into action – and not just by buying a tshirt, changing an avatar, or raising money. I’m also not sure where the donated money goes besides Generation Progress/Center for American Progress, which… isn’t great. However, the website does give a few helpful tips how we can act, and the video is a good call to action

Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them.

First: actually, everyone is talking about gender and race and class, even if they do not choose to mention it explicitly. If you do not include any aspect of the latter into your work, you are making a conscious decision and chose a very specific positioning in terms of race and class, namely that of male white privilege. You are talking about race and gender: you are talking about white men. Surprise! They have a “race” and a gender too, despite being marketed as universal, and you chose to put the focus on them yet again.

Cut The Crap. « stop! talking.

Good, challenging text on (the lack of) intersectionality, especially in academics and activism. Do read it in full, it’s well worth it. 

Why “fun feminism” should be consigned to the rubbish bin



If men like a particular brand of feminism, it means it is not working.

By Julie Bindel in New Statesman.

As a young, heterosexual activist who does (still) feel totally conflicted about the SlutWalks, amongst other issues, this was a really interesting article.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Since I’m considering myself  trying to be a male feminist (ally), I’m also not sure how I feel about this. I think I understand her point. At the same time, I do think that contemporary, young, men-incorporating (for the lack of a better word) feminism is more than mere “fun feminism.” Like so many postmodern … things, modern feminism is fragmented. I do believe that “serious” feminism can work with male allies/feminists. However, I dare say that a brand of feminism that men (broadly speaking) can easily accept/get behind is not exactly radical and is dangerously close to being a mere “fun” or “trendy” activity. We men, if we want to work in a feminist framework, with feminists, be allies or even call ourselves feminists, need to be aware of our position in society and our privilege. And we need to act like we’re aware of it. 

Why “fun feminism” should be consigned to the rubbish bin