Last night, I was on a panel about digital activism and feminism that my rad intern, Lanni, put together for her final project for her Internship course. I sat on a panel with five other women from various Madison/WI organizations. It was a really great experience, and a much needed conversation.
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The universe (well, the media) is slut-shaming Miley Cyrus pretty damn hard today for her performance at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. She wore little. She gyrated. She was sexual. This is the least of our problems--or it should be the least of our problems anyway.
I am disgusted and saddened by the "Not Guilty" verdict given to murderer George Zimmerman last night. I am even more disgusted by the lack of caring displayed by many people in and out of my life.
Mata Hari. You have probably heard of her before, but do you know her story? She was an exotic dancer of Dutch descent, who was accused later in life of being a spy for Germany by the French. Hari was executed by a firing squad, and she never should have been. You see, it was later found that Hari was, in fact, not a spy. Two things she was which made her an easy target? Sexual and female.
Journalist to construction boss, 1890s: "Is an Italian a white man?"
Construction boss:"No sir, an Italian is a Dago."
(taken from Louise DeSalvo's, "Color: White/Complexion: Dark")
In 2002, NYC DJ Chuck Nice, a black man, said: "Italians are niggaz with short memories" (Guglielmo & Salerno 1). The Italian American claim of "whiteness" has been a contentious issue in the United States, going far back before DJ Nice's comment. It began back in Europe with sayings like, "Europe ends at Naples. Calabria, Sicily, and all the rest belong to Africa."