“Stop trying to make it about race”: How Queer Culture was Co-opted by Whiteness

The flag was changed to include me and my black/POC counterparts to let us know that other queer people see the ugliness in our community. It signifies real unity. It means that the racism one member of the queer community experiences means something to everyone. It means that white LGBTQ+ people will come fight for their queer counterparts at other marches that may not pertain to gay or trans rights explicitly, but still affect our community. If you have an issue with that, you’re a part of the problem. Period. You’d rather not add two shades to a flag than acknowledge a problem in your own community. At least racists in the south will say it with their chests. You’re just a coward.

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Why I Support the Democratic Socialists of America (and you should, too!)

On the official website of the Democratic Socialists of America, the organization writes that they believe that though they “are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people.” “We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.”(LA Times: Democratic Socialism)

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Healthcare Time Machine: The Senate’s Attempt to Roll Back The Progress of the ACA

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”.

In the Preamble to our Constitution, the founders included a clause in which they state that we, as the people of the United States, and more importantly our congressional representatives, are to promote the general welfare in order to form a “more perfect union.” This phrase gives our government a mandate to protect its citizens and to provide for their well-being. Well-being is a vague term and can most definitely be interpreted in a number of ways, which should include the health of the citizens, as well as their ability to access necessary medical attention and care.

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What Does Makeup Have to Do With Racism?

Makeup has, throughout the ages, been an important part of the identity of womanhood. It has carried both positive and negative meanings. Currently, we are in what is referred to as the “fourth wave” of feminism. It’s feminism that often focuses on the idea that there is no correct way to be a woman. Women who like to do stereotypically “womanly” things are just as valid as women who do not. In this wave of feminism, makeup is often seen as a way to express yourself and that it should be done by all people who enjoy it. It’s an artistic skill that should be utilized by people of all genders. Everything from hair to nail polish to face makeup is now treated as an art form to be enjoyed by all. Sadly, the reality is that white people have it easier when it comes to beauty.

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International Women’s Day Statement

While I, as a non-binary identifying person, have a really hard time connecting to my own sense of womanhood, the people around me still view me and treat me as they would a woman. Thus, I understand the oppression. Being treated like I don’t know as much; like I can’t go as far; like I can’t be as strong. We have to remember to make room not just for women’s bodies, but for their minds, their hearts, their passions. We need to make room for them to have muscles and body hair; to study math and science; to play in the dirt and like G.I. Joe more than Barbie. We need to make room for the women who have dyed blonde hair and read Cosmopolitan just as much as the women who go into politics. We need to make room for the unashamed housewife and mother who chose not to work, and we need to make room for the women who choose careers before family. We need to stop allowing the word “woman” to define what we

We have to remember to make room not just for women’s bodies, but for their minds, their hearts, their passions. We need to make room for them to have muscles and body hair; to study math and science; to play in the dirt and like G.I. Joe more than Barbie. We need to make room for the women and girls who have dyed blonde hair and read Cosmopolitan and Vogue just as much as the women who go into politics. We need to make room for the unashamed housewife and mother who chose not to work, and we need to make room for the women who choose careers before family. We need room for the Hillary Clintons, the Elle Woodses, the Serena Williamses, the Oprah Winfreys, the Ellen Degenereses, the Janet Mocks, the Laverne Coxes, the Madeline Stuarts, and so many more. We need to stop allowing the word “woman” to define what we should be, and start defining it by what we strive to be.

We must also begin to make room in feminism for our sisters of color, for our sisters who are religious and modest, for our sisters who are sex workers, for our trans sisters, for our sisters who still have some learning to do, for our sisters with disabilities, and for our family members who identify now as men but were socialized as women and experienced the plight of womanhood firsthand. There is no time for party lines, divisions, ignorance, or hatred. The patriarchy is at work constantly, and the only way we can truly do something about it is if we stop letting things divide us and we form a united front against ALL FORMS OF OPPRESSION. We don’t fight just for white women, just for cishet women, just for middle class and wealthy women, just for English-speaking or American-born women, but women everywhere. Starting today, starting right now, starting with me and you.

With power,

LJ

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