“We’re all just different!” How Intersectionality is Being Colonized by White People

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Working in student affairs on a university campus, I feel like I hear the words “intersectionality” or “intersectional” said out loud at least 20 times a day (no exaggeration). The word is regularly used as a powerful critique from young women of Color about how White feminist staff members don’t seem to understand the violence we enact. Often, though, I hear the term used by White feminist or “social justice focused” staff such as myself.

We use the term in many vague ways. “We really need to be sure our work is intersectional…We need to be more intersectional in how we talk about student identities…Our teaching strategies must be intersectional and culturally responsive.” I don’t use “we” in the royal sense. This is something I do all the time without thinking critically about my meaning.

But what the hell are we even saying when we use the term?

We have…

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This or That? #88

For anyone who needs a reminder or is new to the Bookmark Chronicles, here are the rules: Every Monday I will post a This or That Challenge where we will choose between two characters or scenarios. On Friday we will see which scenario/character wins. Feel free to either comment your choice below or make your own post and link it back here! :)

By no means do you have to feel obligated to do every single challenge, but I would love to hear all of your opinions! If you can only really talk about one scenario then go for it. Also, if you have any suggestions or would like to write a guest post about any of the This or That? topics let me know!


This week I want to know…

How do you get out of a reading slump?

Reread a favorite ~ Stop reading for a while ~ Read a brand new book 

Or something else?


I don’t often fall into slumps but when I do it makes it really hard for me to start reading again so I stop for a while. The last book that I read was incredibly boring and difficult to get through in the beginning so it took almost 4 days just to get through the first 48 pages. Eventually I pushed through and found that the story was actually quite interesting but it was rough,

I don’t reread books so that isn’t an option. I don’t often leave books unfinished either unless it’s seriously awful.

What about you? How do you climb back up from the slump rabbit hole? Let me know/

~Rae


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This or That? #87 (Conclusion)

Hello,

This week we talked about how we decided what to buy next in a bookstore. 33% said they know what they want before they get there. 

  • 27% bring some sort of TBR
  • 12% read book descriptions
  • 10% check Goodreads ratings
  • 8% buy the cheapest one so they get more at once
  • 5% buy authors that they know they like
  • 4% buy pretty covers AND
  • 1% buy something that they have never heard of before/

Make sure you check out posts this week by Sarah @ Sarah Withers Blogs and Lindsey @ Paradis Books and I’ll see you again on Monday.

~Rae


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Ladies, it’s not your Body… 

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If you’re a woman then the chances are you’ve experienced this phenomenon before. You’ve had people – usually men – tell you what you can and cannot do with your body. Be it through dress codes, be it sexual expectations, be it through where and when you speak, it’s something you would have come across, most likely more than once too.

It seems crazy that in the 21st century women can still be expected to tolerate the invasion of their personal spaces, face unrelenting demands to be sexually available yet also be condemned as sluts if they show a desire for sex. Yet these things are still a reality for women, even in the western world, where overbearing conservative expectations and patriarchal thinking collide to create a culture that permits the exploitation of women and the denial of their rights. This is never more obvious than when discussing that…

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Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month

As most of you know April is Autism Awareness Month. Or as some people prefer, Autism Acceptance Month. From my understanding it seems that people are pushing more towards “acceptance” because a lot of people still associate “awareness” with Autism Speaks.

In case you don’t know, supporting Autism Speaks is NOT the way to show your support for people on the spectrum.

Here’s why: The entire platform of Autism Speaks is working on a cure. If a person on the spectrum wants that cure then that’s fine, but it has to be their choice. The issue with that, is that eradicating autism does not help people who currently are on the spectrum. It sends the message that these people need to be “fixed.” This organization doesn’t help them thrive and excel.

Personally, I believe in choosing to advocate acceptance instead of awareness in this case. Think about it, when you hear of awareness months for other things like certain types of cancer or sexual assault (also this month) it’s about being informative and telling people how they can help, right? You get the stats on how many people are affected, what the needs of those people are, what resources are available, and how you can help. Advocating for a cure and nothing else, doesn’t do that. A lot of their proceeds also go toward creating a test that can detect autism in in the womb so that the baby can be aborted. Now, I am pro-choice and I believe you should absolutely be able to make your own decision, but do you see how “getting rid” of autism is contradictory for a group that’s supposed to be a support system?

Also, no “Light it up Blue” please. Blue is not the only official color of Autism Awareness. If you’ve seen the ribbon you know that it’s actually red, yellow and blue. This trend stems from the fact that autism affects boys more than girls (important fact to know!) but also that a lot of doctors refuse to treat autistic women and girls or even give them a proper diagnosis.

Another thing that a lot of people don’t seem to know, is that there are no autistic individuals on the board of directors for Autism Speaks. Sure, a handful of them have children on the spectrum but that’s still not the same thing. Kind of hard to know what the needs of a group are when you don’t include people from that group in decision making right?  Kind of like a bunch of men deciding what women should do with their bodies or straight people making choices for the LGBTQIA+ community…..I digress.

Anyway, so if you want to help but don’t know where to turn, I can help you out with that! These are the organizations that you should look into:

Also, in case you haven’t heard, Sesame Street has introduced a new autistic character named Julia. Now of course one character can’t showcase all points on the spectrum but it is a very good start. You can watch the clip with Julia below where Big Bird has to learn what autism is and Alan, Abby and Elmo help. (Yeah, I’m 23 and I still know the names of the characters) 🙂

The new Power Rangers movie also features an autistic character. The Blue Ranger is on the spectrum too!


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Ughhhh

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Friends. This is a page in my university magazine with cropped version of my graduation photo where I am shaking hands with the President of the university and receiving my (fake) diploma.

Most people would be excited about this right? Well I’m not.

My uni is predominately white, upper middle class students and the campus climate is not always welcoming for students like me. This photo is attached to an article about the opening of the university’s Center of Inclusion and Diversity earlier this year. It includes no student input, no quotes from the women of color who work their asses off in this office and are the backbone of our support system, or the fact that there is an Assistant Provost of Inclusion and Diversity.

See the thing is, while this center is new, the office has always been there. During my four years it was called The Office of Multicultural Life and we were crammed in a small corner of the student center where no one could ever find us. I’m grateful that future students now have more space and the center itself has more publicity. But at the end of the day, my mentors that run this office still don’t get the recognition that they deserve. And many people on campus (students and administrators) don’t care about making campus better for underrepresented students.

Even the man that I’m shaking hands with (yeah, the president) does not understand how important this office is. He is a wealthy white man and he doesn’t get it. Not only does he not get it but he doesn’t care. Of course he says he does, but we know that he doesn’t.

So yeah. Just thought I’d share that with you all.

~Rae


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This or That? #87

For anyone who needs a reminder or is new to the Bookmark Chronicles, here are the rules: Every Monday I will post a This or That Challenge where we will choose between two characters or scenarios. On Friday we will see which scenario/character wins. Feel free to either comment your choice below or make your own post and link it back here! :)

By no means do you have to feel obligated to do every single challenge, but I would love to hear all of your opinions! If you can only really talk about one scenario then go for it. Also, if you have any suggestions or would like to write a guest post about any of the This or That? topics let me know!


This week I want to know…

When you’re in a book store how do you decide which book(s) you will buy?

You know what you’ll buy before you get there ~ Bring (a portion of) your TBR and narrow it down ~ Pick the cheapest ones so you can buy the most with the money you have on you ~ Buy the ones written by authors you know you like ~ Pick the pretty covers ~ Browse and read the descriptions ~ Look up their Goodreads rating….or anything else?

I’m feeling generous today…..and I will allow you to give, not just one, but your top two answers.


WHAAAAAAATTTTTT?!

If you’ve been around for all 86 of these (or even a third of that) you know that I am very strict with the options. So mark your calendars folks, this may not ever happen again.

Anyway…..

I think my top two are 1. Bring a portion of my TBR and 2. Pick authors that I know I like.

I typically break up my master TBR (which is typed up and currently 8 pages long) and narrow it down to about 50 books per year. I pretty much do that by looking at books that I own but haven’t read, series that have been completed, books that I really want to read, and books that have come highly recommended from friends (like you) 🙂

And then I have authors that I always buy. Like Jodi Picoult cause she’s my fave. I’m slowly building my James Patterson collection with his Women’s Murder Club series. I think I’ve got 6 now, I found them at a book sale for two dollars each! And I think I will add Harlan Coben to that list because the first book that I read by him was really good.

So yeah, that’s how I buy books.

What about you? Do you fall into any of these categories? Which options did I leave out. Let me know!

~Rae


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