Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Brief thoughts on criticisms of Emma Watson's U.N. speech

There has been much criticism of Emma Watson's speech at the United Nations for centering feminism on men, what we are capable of or not, and how sexism hurts us too. Dare I overstep my boundaries as a male-identified person to say that I agree, to an extent, with these critiques, though I hope for a world large enough to fit the type of feminisms that simultaneously center themselves around the ways of being and knowing of women--indeed, women's liberation--, while also articulating the ways in which patriarchy hurts all of us and that the articulation of this recognition not derail or de-centralize rhetoric and imaginations away from womanhood and women-centered possibilities, but contributes to the greater project of gender(ed) justice where all people are free from the shackles of misogyny. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On Never Forgetting.

To me, this is not an Either/Or day. It is a Yes/And day.

Yes, thousands of innocent lives were murdered on September 11, 2001. And, yes, thousands more innocent lives were murdered in the retaliating wars that followed.

Yes, those planes were highjacked by religious extremists. And, yes, this country is highjacked by religious extremists.

Yes, people argue U.S. war-waging was justified. And, yes, as a country, the U.S. has done much (around the globe and domestically) to provoke war-waging against it.

Yes, New York City will never be the same. And, yes, the Middle East will never be the same.

Yes, Islam is a peaceful religion. And, yes, Christianity (can be) a peaceful religion.

Yes, the 2,977 lives lost on September 11 matter. And, yes, the 16,725–19,013 civilian lives lost in the aftermath matter.

Yes, war is not the answer. And, yes, war is not the answer.

So if by "Never Forget," you are asking me to remember only a fraction of history, to honor only a fraction of humanity, I am not in solidarity with you.