So I am loathe to disagree with her on things ....
But I gotta.
And I am loathe to beat dead horses ....
BUT Mr Ed. is about to be thrashed.
And this is SERIOUS stuff!
So my black ass really shouldn't be laughing inappropriately right?
And at some point the upperclass intellectual thing to do would be to feign shock and suprise and fury at THE SEXISM ON TEH INTERWEB OH MY GAHADAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!
FROM TEH LETF!
* Checks archives *
Burqagate was October . TWO MONTHS TO THIS EXACT FRACKING WEEK Burqagate was in full swing.
Right after Clinton lunchogate ( mind your betters) and I believe before blacface/racist imagery/gate number threehundred and 75 ( when in doubt irony alway s trumps consideration).
Donna quotes Amanda Marcotte favorably twice for her post and her response IN Lindsey's thread. ( things I have my issues with bolded)
Well, the root cause really does go back to agenda-setting. People really look up to Fire Dog Lake as a blog where they don't have this hostility to "identity politics", but in fact see the big picture here, and the importance of having the liberal resurgence be about economic progressivism AND foreign policy issues that are based in trying to keep peace AND opposition to oppression by race, sex, and sexual orientation. Markos and the Sensible Liberals out there want to see these goals as somehow opposed, but I think that will are fixing to see that they are intermixed.
And Nancy Pelosi's rise to Speaker is going to be huge for us peddlers in mere identity politics. Sensible Liberals are always seeking what goal they have to compromise on to get another, and while they were debating---do you give in on the war? do you give in on women's rights?---a woman rose to the 3rd most powerful position in the country, and controls the agenda of DC now and guess what? She was against the war from the beginning and a supporter of women's rights. Compromising your principles to get things done turns out to be the exception, not the rule.
And now we're seeing the damage that the widespread tolerance of sexist slurring is going to do to the Democrats because this whole arsenal of attacks against Pelosi will be handed out in the mainstream media that wouldn't be there if sexist language was as shameful as racist language. And it's going to hurt the people who were against the war all along, because she's been there with us. If more people would got on board with this antagonism to sexist language that feminists demonstrate, then we could have had a much better chance of minimizing the damage of these attacks. The reason tensions are high right now is the people who mock the "PC police" were often doing so, like Markos, to make us seem inconsequential so people like him get to set more of the agenda. And in doing so, they shot themselves in the foot. I think the whole cloth liberals who think all these issues are important are seeing this happening, seeing that we were right, and getting pushier because of it.
And here is where I must disagree with Donna and start being evil and mean.
Now I've been on hiatus for a while but if you've read my blog before you can probably start to see where I'm going.
First off the ENTIRE thing is constructed on the premise that the severity of the problem is linked to what ladies and gentlemen. POWER
From the original bad bad bad taste post, to the responses on the " power" of language and the like. These are continually intertwined with the powering up or powering down of women ( and do I even have to mention their all white ,ablebodied,straight,cisgendered) , and how it constricts the ability of them to wield unadulterated power .
NOW THAT THEIR POWERFUL they get slurred.
Number one I am amused by the fact that it's beleieved Nancy Pelosi will change one iota because of these slurs. I am not that big a fan of her but that woman has an iron core . PLUS Who are sensible Liberals? The ones who make deals . or the ones who minimize others by portraying their concerns as trivial or baseless. ( see the links to rummages for cutlass and read the comments)
Then the slider i n the humdinger the one that gets my goat,my ipod nano and my bouncy ball.
if sexist language was as shameful as racist language
HAMINAH HAMINAH WHO?
ARE WE REALLY DOING THIS SHIT AGAIN?! REALLY
It's small I know right. I should let it go . Except NOPE.
STOP. JUST STOP.
I would really really really like people to stop using sneak attacks and sliding in racism vs sexisms while they do their teary eyed utopia dreaming stumpbox speeches.
Especially in a case where the LARGE AMOUNT OF RACISM of Firedoglake goes UNMENTIONED except of course by the usual amazing folks ( I *heart* Kai).
Racist language and institutionalized racism aren't magically shameful now. They aren't LESS accepted by anyone. Considering these posts did not show up for TRex's lovely opinions on Japan ( what the fuck is it with white folk who go to japan and are shocked it's not America ?) and most responses to it ignore TRex's racism . If I was some equivacating bean counter I'd say the tip on THIS issue is that sexism will get a rise out of folks faster than race.
The folks taht tend to make the huge kerfuflfles about race ARE STILL POC . So when " racism is less accepted" it boilds down to is " all the colored folk won't shut up" , white america didn't magically act right , it didn't kill it dead and jump the hurdle . Non white america jsut became a very powerful voting/economic/might burn shit if ya ain't careful voice.
So when WHITE feminists keep mewing that sexism is still OK while racism isn't, especially in application to the THIRD IN LINE FOR THE PRESIDENCY.
while we still cant get enough colored folk to field a basketball team in senate ...
"What does this have to do with Dead Horse Burqagate Blackamazon before you go off ( oh and when are you going bring in Edward Said people ain't got all the time to listen to you build up into a twitch now "- My writerly conscience
Sorry! In both responses by Amanda Marcotte AND Mark Faletti fault TREX for not having apologized by siting their own apologies.
* Falls out dead*
One of those apologies was to me so right now , right the fuck now.
I AM ENFLAMED. Because since the " apology" I have heard NOTHING from either party in a way that makes me feel respected or considered. NOTHING in any way that adressed the content of my problems with them and EVEN less in the way of community building.
Meaning Marc who hasn't been near my blog since it took him hours to figure out how to read past the first line of my post and Amanda who claims that the problem was context and not her own presumptive asshattery and flagrant racist femiperialist " Don't silence me or I'll be her bullshit writ large in photoshop".
They are using their apologies to give themselves moral ground for correcting TREX as honestly not a bad guy but rampantly sexist , ( while ignoring the vehemently racist) . While in just as mcuh time having used the following to describe , my, BD,Bitch LAb's,BFP,KAE,Donna, Nanette,KH objection to the damn burqa picture ( link ocurtesy of R.Mildred who kind of winning at life for the moment)
Third, "burqua-gate" is basically being conducted by two white women who've appointed themselves the spokesmen on behalf of Women Of Color
So what is happening ladies and gentlemen is taht these " progressive liberals" will spend more time deconstructing and trying to teach a racebaiting,misogynist that engaging "two women".
They would spend more time scouring for ways to instruct and rebuke a user of black face , than IN ANY FUCKING MEASURABLE way dealing with the honest efforts of peopel to communicate with them.
AND AND AND !
To do so they have to basically try and ERASE a documented LITANY of responses that came mostly not form teh two white women. But from the brown folks.
WHILE USING THEIR APOLOGIES AS MORAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
I am not good enough to talk to ( at least not ina ny meaning ful way, without paassive aggressive stabs) but need a emblem to hold up to prove y ou have moral highground .
Apologies which were not actuall expressions of contrition or reconciliation but manifestations of their own disappointment in themselves to not adhering to THEIR OWN standards of nobless fucking oblige,white mans burden covered , intellectual snobbery, because it's of course only about context and never about the fact that YOU pale face yes you doesn't matter what you education level is no matter what youre intentions are do not get to opt in and out of privilege. You don't get to weild class like a truncheon and YOU DON"T MOTHERFUCKING GET TO DEFINE AND CONTROL OTHERS REACTIONS TO THE DUMBASS SHIT YOU SAY.
Edward Said's ( AHA told you it was coming ) Orientalism is a landmark work and a good one so while I Respect you Mr. Kamiya , ehh no sorry no. The work asserts that much of Occidental scholarship or in less charming terms white privileged folk navel gazing is DEPENDENT on exclusionary " othering" .
BEcause it sets the amusing circumstances we see here now.
For there to be an upright , proper discourse , for their to be an idealistic happy working "liberal" vision . For there to be a Line that TRex crosses (that somehow produces more ire for caling a certain kind of woman a cunt as opposed to ya know DAMNING THE ENTIRE FUCKING COUNTRY OF JAPAN) there has to be an unrighteous non approved side.
So to make the machinery work we have to hold up the side we like right.
It's not about agenda setting , It's about this fake pseudo concern that with power and privilege ocme responsibility.
" WE DON"T DO THAT SORT OF THING"
Not our kind ,dearies. Orientalism is the constant reinforcement that there is some eau du other that magically mystically produces the hegemony's and contentions . That if they just knew the way it operated in power structures gosh darn it they wouldn't screw up our chances.
So orientalism on Japan can slide, orientalism on Nancy Pelosi is a problem.
Rather than decomission and restructure a powersystem that allows people to fallin and out of power it is necessary to pop folks in line iwth the
" We donm't do that sort of thing"
Excepting when we do. To achieve their noble we are in the right as the highground du morale mR faletti and MS MArcotte had to both rewrite history and ERASE PEOPLE FROM TEH FUCKING CONVO.
WHere were they wen Lindsey waxed rhapsodic about taking everything form poor broown countries.
Let it slide.
Where was w either when Lindesey decided to smug her way around BFP's site?
And save the fucking I don't have time shit for someone who can't read a timestamp because thousands of words missives that make you look good... YOU got all the time for.
This is what we call the to the left shift , now that there is negotiable space , most of it pioneered by letting folks have rope or ignoring the open and constant brage of bullshit that was and is leveled by " progressives" at " special interest" groups . Space is created that can be filled by teh righteous
By pushing the hwole community organizing commuanal responsibility further left ( tto the left to the left) it more and more becomes this magical unattainable other taht OBVIOUSLY can't work in our politics but we handle iwth aplomb becaus ethey have osme good ideas and when their uppity we erase them or transform them into much less threatening features or mock them.
Even if we have to rewrite history.
So while a progressive blogosphere controls who cna make money form blogging, constantly downgrades it's power to allow for handwring and shock at the bigotry and solipsism it encouraged while bemoaning the power of groups who are far less permissive.
BitchLAb has no blog. A classy inteligent woman was literally attacked for being FEMALE and OUTSPOKEN and these champions blogalia .....
NOTHING. They took pot shots , veiled refrences questioned her charachter and malligned her intent and used her to belittle ignore and infantalize peopel of colrowhile giving TREx every benefit of the doubt possible. FIredoglake makes money but BL does not lap. FDL gets treated with integrity BL is treated as a whining child.
YEt only one dissappoints constantly.
So excusse me as I sit on my hands when this applause goes round for theprogressive stand up.
Leave my fucking name by implication or otherwise out of it when you need to prove how with it you are .
And find me outside the circus tent pouring some out for a good womans w ho now needs to scrample for a blog
And lets all be amzed at how more of the dumb shit keeps moving to the left to the left.