[personal profile] wildlyparenthetical
So this week I've spent a fair wad of time and energy doing battle over on the Feministing thread of doom. Meloukhia's open letter kicked up a storm of articulate anger, frustration and indignation, perhaps a tipping point in the long history of resistance from people like Anna, Annaham (who I think actually has another home on the intertubes, but I've lost track of it!), Amandaw, Chally and a fair few others. I've cosigned the letter over there, and am hoping to find time for a post about it...

But for now, I wanted to gesture towards some of the vitriol that gets directed at those PWD who expect to be treated as, y'know, actual hoooman beings. Amandaw's post about what she expected from Feministing, about what would be 'enough', about the fact that a pat on the head was not going to be enough, got responded to by someone with just enough philosophical knowledge to display her incredible ignorance and hatred. Oh, and btw, it's not just PWD who get this treatment, but 'ugly lesbians' too. Stop resenting, everyone! Be nice! Be good! Be virtuous as fuck! Don't resist, be submissive! Be quarantined til you die (no exagerration, she said that). Be *pretty*! Oh, and don't be relativist, even when the history of beauty indicates that the concept has *always* been relative... [snort]

You know it. I commented. Here's what I said, because I have a funny feeling that she's not going to approve me, and because Amandaw was curious:

"Wow. This is so extremely offensive.

You know what? For the most part, PWD *are* quarantined. They are excluded from much of the possibility of a social life. They are excluded from the possibility of participating in politics. They are killed, raped, beaten and abused in an extraordinary variety of ways. You just contributed to that world, and suggested that the expectation that PWD don’t get killed, raped, beaten and abused is asking too much of people. Nice one.

Do you even get how utterly, utterly unbelievably unjust it is to reduce rebellion against oppression to ressentiment? You also might want to spend some time with some more contemporary critiques of concepts of ressentiment. I recommend Wendy Brown for some eye-opening."



Date: 2009-10-11 12:51 am (UTC)
amandaw: A river strap runs toward the camera, over large round rocks, starkly back-lit by setting sunlight. (Default)
From: [personal profile] amandaw
It is, fortunately, one of those pieces that is SO outrageous I just can't take it personally.

Date: 2009-10-11 12:51 am (UTC)
annaham: Line drawing of Annaham with a sketchpad and pen, looking confused. (tori//coquette_icons (lj))
From: [personal profile] annaham
Win. A very to-the-point-response, even if she doesn't approve it.

I do have another home on the webz, and it is here. :)

Date: 2009-10-11 02:28 pm (UTC)
slave2tehtink: (Default)
From: [personal profile] slave2tehtink
That person... I want so hard to believe that she is a troll, with her universal Truth and Beauty and Virtue. Unfortunately she just doesn't seem to be. Argh.

Date: 2009-10-11 02:59 pm (UTC)
softestbullet: Aeryn cupping Pilot's cheek. He has his big eyes closed. (Art/ super)
From: [personal profile] softestbullet
Wow, that person... wow.

Date: 2009-10-13 07:50 pm (UTC)
softestbullet: Aeryn cupping Pilot's cheek. He has his big eyes closed. (Art/ super)
From: [personal profile] softestbullet
Oh, thanks! I love it too. :)

'Avatar' is fine, but on DW & LJ they're more commonly called 'icons.' This one is a painting by Jed Dougherty. He can get kind of fetishy (especially towards women of color :/), but he does beautiful work.

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