Like I was saying….
Tonight I think
If you don’t know, you should take the time to read the above link and learn. Tonight was all candle light, red wine and poetry reading at the Bungalow de la Loba, in honor of this beautiful legend.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the Homeless HotSpots controversy at this year’s SXSW festival.
As a woman who was once homeless, and as a woman who’s at SXSW this year, I feel the need to weigh in on the situation and to try to change the focus of the discussion. Click though for my whole response.
SXSW is a place of privilege. It is also a place where many people try to innovate new ways to do good in the world. But that doesn’t change the dynamic of how hard it can be to come face to face with your own privilege…
…As much time as has been spent talking about whether or not this short-term program is something that SXSW attendees feel comfortable about, any additional time spent criticizing should be spent innovating. If all the thought and technology leaders gathered in Austin want to pause to talk about homelessness — imagine the great potential of good if they put their smarts, their abilities and their passions into creating new solutions….
…The power of SXSW is the power of ideas and the ability to turn them into creative outputs. This seems like a perfect time to turn some of that focus into serving the homeless by more than payment for 4G service. Maybe I’m an optimist on this front, but then, SXSW is a gathering of optimists who believe that good ideas can make for a better world. If the Homeless Hotspots project leads to a few people generating income during a time their entire city is doing the same, it will be worth it. If it can also lead to some of the most powerful thought leaders in the country making homelessness an issue they work on, the experiment can have more value than any of us alone could imagine.
Full piece here. Feel free to comment and share as you feel so moved.
This video kills me. California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and her sister Maya, VP for Democracy, Rights and Justice at the Ford Foundation - being first off adorable, and then being fierce. Taken at Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s recent Women In The World Power Summit.
“There’s still more diversity in the color of anchors’ ties than in the racial and gender composition of the hosts themselves.”
This link about Melissa Harris-Perry’s new show and the lack of diverse representation in the media is a good read.
This photo is literally the one used for “lesbian” on Wikipedia.
In related news - the wiki article on “lesbian” is very informative! Even for a gay history geek like myself, who likes to think I would have already known all of that.
This McSweeney’s column is my favorite piece of writing right now. I feel like it takes my entire last month’s thinking on the topics of women, protection, community and self-defense, and beautifully writes out the exact conclusion I personally came to as well. I haven’t written anything publicly on this topic, despite thinking about it so much recently, mostly just because there is so much to be said and thought and I’m far from knowing the best way I would write it all up in a public form. But, this article, yes yes yes yes.
Snippet below, but really, read the whole thing. This is the new era of thinking around women, safety and community.
I’m usually a law-abiding person. I don’t advocate retributive violence or acts of vengeance, even though I’m all too susceptible to their appeal. I’ve taught self defense to lots of women, and I’ve spent a great deal of time pondering how I myself would react if I were assaulted. “Protect yourself and get away,” has always been my mantra; fight if you have to, as much as you have to, so that you can get to safety. This strategy assumes that, once you’re safe, someone with more authority and muscle than you will deal with your attacker.
Except most of the time, they don’t.
Or can’t, or won’t; does it matter? Look at the appalling chain of assaults that preceded Esme Barerra’s death, and tell me this strategy works.
So I find, in the weeks since Esme died, that my beliefs about how I should respond to a violent assault are shifting. More and more lately, I think women shouldn’t waste time worrying about whether or how to fight back. Instead I incline toward the view that if you’re attacked, you should just go ahead and fuck the dude up.