For the #2016classicschallenge I’m trying to read less obviously canonical texts that are nevertheless important. Works by women, people of color, members of the LGBT community. For February, I decided to finally read the anti-/post-colonial text Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon. I’ve had this ebook around for years and so far never actually got …

Judith Butler addresses TERFs and the use of theory against transgender people

This is a really good (and actually understandable) interview with Judith Butler in which she clarifies her positions on trans people undergoing transformation and surgery (”brave” and “there is nothing more important than for transgender people to ) the use of social construction theory against trans people (”a false, misleading, and oppressive use of the …

Although racism and sexism readily intersect in the lives of real people, they seldom do in feminist and antiracist practices. And so, when the practices expound identity as woman or person of color as an either/or proposition, they relegate the identity of women of color to a location that resists telling. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Mapping the …

We don’t read Michel Foucault asking if he is authentically French. Western writers are granted rhetorical agency, analysis, and theory—the ability to tell truths that are not contained in their bodies. Smith, A. (2014) ‘Native Studies at the Horizon of Death: Theorizing Ethnographic Entrapment and Settler Self-Reflexivity’, in Simpson, A. and Smith, A. (eds) Theorizing …

Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies?…At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we’ve been able to change anything …