haha, that kanye sure is arrogant. i mean, sure, he clawed his way out of adversity to promote self-esteem and challenge masculine norms, but as a white man i demand to know: what gives him the right to act like me?
So, what’s wrong with the generalization that more sex = liberation? It locates sexual liberation in an experience of white heterosexual femininity. It does not take into the account the different experiences of racialization and sexualization of women, queer and trans people of color. For example, while, straight, middle-class women have been stereotyped as pure, asexual virgins, while women of color have been hypersexualized as exotic, erotic beings (see: Hottentot, harem girl, lotus blossom, fiery Latina, squaw, etc.) For racialized people, adopting a sex-positive attitude does not “liberate” them of such stereotypes, in fact, it fuels them further. In addition, the framework of sex-positivity does not offer a critique of capitalism and the way our sexualities are commodified and exploited, preventing the “free expression” of sex, in the favorite words of sex-positive feminists. Sex-positivity is also ahistorical; it does not take into account the ways attitudes about sex are related to histories of colonialism, especially the colonial imposition of gender and sexual norms. None of this is a particularly new way of thinking by the way, many feminists of color have critiqued sex-positivity for similar reasons.
Shout-outs to counterstorytelling (aka Mushroom Rage) for this thoughtful, wonderful op-ed that spoke so many truths on so many levels. This article is probably the one where topics of feminism, gender, construct, colonialism, culture, and sexuality all intertwine— not just systemically, but personally as well. (via thephantomcatalyst)
Anti-Imperialist Transnational Feminist Studies theorizes the US war on terror as a racialized, gendered, and sexualized imperialist war that operates through military and economic policy in order to advance and consolidate the system of capitalism. AITFS contextualizes the US war on terror within the restructuring of US domestic and foreign policy, which entailed an expansion of the conjoined heteropatriarchal, racist structures of the prison industrial complex (PIC) and the military industrial complex (MIC), both driven by the economic neo-liberalism of the late twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first centuries. Historically, the Reagan era’s neo-liberal economic policies and the war on drugs during the decades leading up to the war on terror set this process into motion. Notably, throughout this period, the MIC has worked through a neo-liberal system in which functions of the military were increasingly transferred to bodies outside of the state, including private corporations, subcontractors, and universities. Paralleling this process, the US prison industrial complex has also undergone privatization so that nearly all prison-related service providers are for-profit companies and are sustained by a racist, classist, and heteropatriarchal criminal justice system.
Colonialism is a regime of lies. It systemically dismembers and subsequently hides truth. The mechanisms behind the production of lies are themselves institutional. In each and every wing of its organization, from its law to its media, from its medicine to its social sciences, from its political figures to its managerial personnel, the capacity to produce lies in a synchronized and harmonious fashion constitutes the foundations of a colonial regime. A colonial regime usurps not only labor and productive resources of a people, but also aims at usurping the very foundations of their truth. Hence, violence, law, and knowledge operate in such seamless harmony. Colonialism is a disaster that continuously poisons and rots bodies and social relations. Only through truth, and nothing but the truth, could one stand up to this disaster. Truth, meanwhile, is only produced through resistance, action, and solidarity. Once faced with the truth of a people who resist, act, and stand in solidarity, the colonial order of things loses its capacity to produce lies.