Sent to you by moya via Google Reader:
NO. YOU DO NOT QUOTE ABIGAIL FUCKING ADAMS'S "DON'T FORGET THE LADIES" BIT AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW HISTORY HAS ALWAYS FORGOTTEN ABOUT/IGNORED WOMEN WHEN ABIGAIL WAS NEVER TALKING ABOUT MY BLACK ASS OR ANYONE WHO WASN'T WHITE AND PROPERTY OWNING AND OF A CERTAIN CLASS AND HAVING CERTAIN GENITALIA BETWEEN THEIR LEGS. NO.*
and yes there is something to be said for holding people accountable, im not saying that is not worth fighting for, but i can't help seeing in a certain privilege in this particular type of outrage, a privilege of expectation, namely the privilege-cum-expectation of being represented.of having someone who based on values or labels or whatever will go into the public sphere and say things and push for policies that will benefit you or at least lie in line with your own values. and for a lot of people, a whole lot of fucking people who regularly turn on the tv and see maybe only one or two people who look like them and even fewer speaking to anything that reflects their lived realities, there is nothing surprising about this. nothing surprising about someone who will maybe speak to one or two of the issues them stab you in the fucking back on everything else.
some of us have never had the luxury of believing that journalists don't lie, don't write with an agenda, and aren't invested in the system that continues rape, violence, etc.
and to be clear: this is not a dump on Sady, on her activism, or on #Mooreandme. but as bfp and blackamazon and others have pointed out, how will getting keith olberman and michael moore to realize they fucked up stop rape? and me being the historian in training and thus obsessed with memory and how the past isn't even past, i wanna know how is this going help us to remember those we're forgetting - starting with the swedish women whose voices i still have yet to hear featured (GAH democracy now you SLAY ME), to those in prison that everyone is all SEND THE RAPISTS TO and then i'd like at some point for the black and brown bodies raped in the name of civilization to join the conversation, how the western world and our ideas about the nation state are literally built on the rape of millions of women over time and what the fuck that has to do with everything, because i think - i think - it does. in some very fundamental ways.
*this person is not Sady, it just appeared on her timeline.